The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry as well as the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that your child visit the dentist when the first tooth is visible, and no later than age 1.
You have the ability to positively influence your child and encourage an enjoyable first visit to the dentist. You can tell your child about the visit, and let them know that the dentist and their staff will explain everything and answer any questions. Be aware of how you are communicating, and avoid using threatening language, such as “needle”, “pain”, “shot”, “drill” or “pull.”
At our office, we prefer to use language that is less threatening, and will not uneccesarily scare your child. Examples include, “sleepy juice”, “Mr. Thirsty”, and “noisy whistle.”
You are welcomed to stay with your child during the initial examination. However, at future appointments, we suggest that you allow your child to accompany our staff to the treatment area alone. Our purpose is to encourage a closer rapport with your child, and to allow them to overcome any apprehension. Other children who are not being treated should remain in the waiting room with a supervising adult.
Our office accepts anyone from birth to the age of 14 years. In some instances we may see patients up to 21 years old. Call our office to be sure.
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