Our office, together with groups like the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Dental Association, and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, believe it’s a good idea to have a regular dentist or “Dental Home” for kids by their first birthday. This helps kids get the right care for their teeth.
Taking your child to the dentist for the first time can be fun! If they’re old enough to understand, just tell them about the visit. Let them know the dentist is friendly and will answer all their questions. The simpler you keep things about the visit, the easier it is for them.
Please try not to use words that might scare your child like “shot”, “pull”, or “hurt”. We use kid-friendly words that mean the same thing but sound nicer.
For the first visit, you’re welcome to be with your child. For visits after that, it might be helpful if your child spends time with just our team. This often helps kids feel more at ease and builds trust. We aim to make your child feel confident and relaxed. If you’d like, once your child is settled, you can pop in and see how they’re doing. We’re always open to chatting and finding what’s best for you and your child. And just a heads up, if you’ve got other kids who aren’t being seen by the dentist, it’d be great if they could hang out in the waiting area with an adult.