First Visit

Asian KidsOur office, as well as the The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Dental Association (ADA), and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) all recommend establishing a "Dental Home" for your child by one year of age. Children who have a dental home are more likely to receive appropriate preventive, routine oral health care and less likely to develop dental disease. Cavities can develop as soon as the teeth erupt. Many cavities will not be apparent when you look into the mouth and can only be detected by a dental examination with x-rays. Untreated cavities in baby teeth can jeopardize your child's developing permanent teeth as well as lead to systemic infections that can travel to other parts of the body.

The Dental Home is intended to provide a place other than the Emergency Room for parents.

You can help make your child's first visit to the dentist enjoyable and positive. If old enough, 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. There are also many wonderful children's books available to help you teach your child about visiting the dentist and the importance of caring for their teeth. For your child's first visit to our office we ask that they be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. For subsequent visits, you may allow another caregiver to accompany your child and we ask that you complete our written permission slip to do so.

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". The office makes a practice of using words that convey the same message, but are pleasant and non-frightening to the child. If you are nervous when going to the dentist, try not to share these fears with your child. A child who goes to the dentist without any preconceived negative notions is more likely to have a positive experience.

We invite you to stay with your child during the initial examination. This allows our doctor and team to discuss their findings and any treatment that may be necessary as well as answer any questions you may have. During future appointments, we suggest you allow your child to accompany our staff through the dental experience. We can usually establish a closer rapport with your child when you are not present. Our purpose is to gain your child's confidence and overcome apprehension. However, if you choose, you are more than welcome to accompany your child. During treatment appointments only one parent is allowed to accompany their child. For the safety and privacy of all patients, other children who are not being treated should remain in the reception room with a supervising adult.

We strive to make each and every visit to our office a fun one!