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Child’s First Visit

An enjoyable and positive experience!

Our office is committed to making your child’s first visit to the dentist an enjoyable and positive experience! Here are a few tips on how you can help us achieve that:

To begin, we ask that you inform your child of the visit; however, the less to-do concerning the visit, the better. You child should be told that the dentist and their staff will explain all procedures and answer any questions.

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.

We have a vast library of dental books appropriate for the little ones, from Dora to Sponge Bob to Bernstein Bears! We ask that you come to your first appointment a bit early to select a book and read it with your child. This usually will help set the tone for the rest of the appointment.

In order to make the first visit “fun” and non-threatening, we usually give the child a ride in the dental chair and “count” his or her teeth. When we “count teeth,” we are really completing a dental exam and checking for caries (tooth decay). We also take this opportunity to get an idea of what their bite (occlusion) looks like.

If your child is over the age of 3, we ask that you allow them to accompany our staff through the dental experience. We are all highly experienced in helping children overcome anxiety. Separation anxiety is not uncommon in children, so please try not to be concerned if your child exhibits some negative behaviour. This is normal and will soon diminish. Studies and experience have shown that most children over the age of 3 react more positively when permitted to experience the dental visit on their own and in an environment designed for children.

By making the first visit short and easy, children have a better attitude about their return check-ups or subsequent treatment appointments.

We recommend that children see their dentist every six months so they get used to visiting the dentist regularly and any decay can be discovered and treated early. Preventive dentistry has generally been a great success for our patients!

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

For your convenience, please visit the Office Policy/Forms page and fill out the required forms to help make your first visit a more pleasant one!