office has been specially designed for children. The atmosphere of the
office will reduce a child's anxiety. Children who gain proper habits
early in a nurturing environment acquire positive self-esteem and
confidence. Prevention of decay should begin as early as six months of
age. The American Dental Association recommends visits soon after their
first birthday. Allergies, illness or habits may lead to mouth-breathing
which can make your child susceptible to heavy plaque accumulation and
early decay. The timely guidance of erupting teeth can reduce
orthodontic involvement and benefit by building an attractive smile.
You can make the first visit to the dentist
enjoyable and positive. 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.
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 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 behavior. 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
Please visit the
Patient Forms page to print and
complete the new patient forms to bring with you to the first visit.