According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
(AAPD), your child should visit the dentist by his/her
1st birthday. You can make the first visit to the
dentist enjoyable and positive. It is helpful to let the
child interact with the pediatric dentist and staff. The
pediatric dentist and staff will try to engage the child
in conversation. The parent’s role should be one of a
silent observer and allow the child to build a rapport
with the dental specialist. Empowering the child to have
a dominant role in his/her own dental health will foster
good oral hygiene practices into adulthood.
Many parents may be fearful or apprehensive of their own
dental visits, however, it is imperative that the
parent’s feelings are NOT passed on or communicated to
your child regarding their visit. We are fully aware
that a child’s tears are a natural response to the
unknown. We are trained and experienced in comforting a
nervous or fearful child, and in many cases, can turn
their anxiety around and continue to have a positive
experience. Through use of positive reinforcement, even
the most tentative of children can successfully complete
an exam or treatment and in doing so, feel a strong
sense of accomplishment.
Your child should be informed of the visit and told that
the dentist and their staff will explain all procedures
and answer any questions. The less “to-do” concerning
the visit, the better.
It is best if you refrain from using words around your
child that might cause unnecessary fear, such as
“needle,” “shot,” “pull,” “drill,” or “hurt,”. Pediatric
dental offices make a practice of using words that
convey the same message, but are pleasant and
non-frightening for the child.
We strive to make each and every visit to
our office a fun one!
For your convenience prior to visiting our office, please
click the 2 links below to print the necessary forms, complete the information and
bring them with you to your first visit.
New Patient Form
If your child has already been seen by
a dentist, this link is to be completed and mailed to
the previous dentist(s).
This will allow the previous dentist(s) to
forward to our office any pertinent records, such as
radiographs, in time for your visit with us.
Records Release Form