We are honored that you are considering our practice to provide dental care for your child. Entrusting your child to our care is a privilege we eagerly anticipate and a responsibility by which we are humbled. We look forward to meeting you and your child in our office soon and officially welcoming you to our practice.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that your child visit the dentist by his or her 1st birthday. Beginning dental care at an early age is important for a number of reasons. Many parents of infants and toddlers are not confident they are caring for their child’s teeth properly and can benefit greatly from the instruction we offer. Early visits provide opportunities to address other preventive issues that are vital to healthy teeth and a pleasing smile. Dental visits that are scheduled before problems develop can be kept short and help the child become relaxed in the dental environment more quickly.
Our goal for children under 3 is to make dental visits quick and easy. Our doctors will provide a thorough examination and talk with you about any issues of concern while your child plays nearby. With each subsequent visit your child will mature and confidence and trust will most likely increase. After age 3 we will begin preventive care visits which include examination, cleaning, fluoride treatment and appropriate radiographs.
You can make the first visit to the dentist enjoyable and positive. Your child should be informed of the visit and told that our doctors will explain everything and answer any questions. If you approach the visit in a casual manner the chances are much better that your child will do the same. 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. We make a practice of using words that convey the same message, but are pleasant and non-frightening to the child.
We invite you to be present with your child during the first visit to our practice and for all preventive care appointments scheduled every six months. These visits should comprise the overwhelming majority of visits to our office. During other visits which will require your child’s undivided attention our staff will accompany them to maximize the chances of a successful visit.
Once a dental appointment has been scheduled with our doctors, please click on the link in the yellow Forms box to complete the New Patient Information Form.