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
Insurance 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


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