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When should my child start going to the dentist?

The American Dental Association and the Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend that every child visit the dentist by their first birthday in order to establish a dental home.  This visit is mostly an information-gathering "well baby" session, in which the dentist will review your child's medical and dental history and helps ensure that parents learn the techniques they will need to help maintain their children cavity-free.  Regular pediatric dental visits allow the dentist to build a rapport with each child and a trusting relationship with their parents, as well as, removing plaque and staining on the teeth. 

Preparing your child for their first dental visit

Your child's well-being is our main priority.  We aim to make their dental experience as successful and positive as possible.  Please select an appointment time when your child is usually alert and rested, not tired.  You can help prepare your child for their first visit to the dentist by keeping the explanation short and simple.  Tell your child that Dr. Ernie will look in their mouth, count their teeth, and show you both how to brush the teeth and gums to keep their smile healthy.  Please refrain from using words that can frighten your child.  We will explain each of our procedures to your child in terms he or she can understand.

Our office is designed to create a warm and friendly atmosphere for patients and their parents.  We recognize that some children, especially new patients, are more comfortable with a parent present during treatment.  Parents are welcome to come into the treatment area during their visits to the office.