For the young child, the first dental visit should be a pleasant, exciting, rewarding experience and it doesn’t just happen. We take special care in how we introduce a youngster to our office, and we want you to know what we will do, and what you can do.
The Dental Home is intended to provide a place other than the Emergency Room for parents.
Our first concern is to make your child’s visit a pleasant one to gain his/her trust. We will make your child feel welcome and show him/her around the office. We will perform an oral exam, cleaning and fluoride treatment. If necessary, x-rays may be requested. We will suggest ways to protect your child’s oral health through diet and the use of fluorides. We will start to teach both of you how to clean and brush your child’s teeth properly. Then, if we see anything else that should be done, we will plan treatment together.
DON’T mention fear provoking words such as hurt, drill and needles. We have developed special terminology for such words as drill (whistle), Novocaine (sleepy Water), pull (wiggle), etc.
DON’T overdue your preparation. Tell your child about his/her visit the night before, treating it as a high light of the next day.
Appointment times are specifically reserved for your child and prompt arrival is appreciated so that the doctor does not have to keep patients waiting. Broken appointments are a loss to everyone. If an appointment is not convenient or you need to cancel for any reason, please do so 24 hours prior to your appointment.
We strive to make each and every visit to our office a fun one!
Your child will enjoy healthy dental habits when they use these Motivational Charts. Encourage regular brushing or help them break the thumbsucking habit.
Want something fun to do? Print one or all of the below Activity Sheets to see if you can conquer the Dental Crossword Puzzle, find all of the Hidden Toothbrushes, Unscramble the Dental Words, or find the Hidden Dental Words. We know you can do it!