The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that you bring your child in to see the dentist as early as six months of age and no later than your child’s first birthday.
Though this may seem early, the goal is to establish a dental home, defined by the AAPD as the ongoing relationship between the dentist and the patient, inclusive of all aspects of oral health care delivered in a comprehensive, continuously accessible, coordinated, and family-centered way. In other words, on your child’s first visit, we will review proper brushing techniques, check for cavities, and watch for developmental problems. Our goal is to establish healthy habits early, which include training in preventive home care, maintaining regular visits, and teaching smart dietary choices.
This first visit is a great opportunity for you and your child to explore our office. We encourage parents to accompany children back for the initial visit to demonstrate that our office is a safe and friendly place. Please do not be upset if your child cries. Crying is a natural reaction to the fear of the unknown. Once your child becomes more familiar with our staff, the fear should gradually disappear.
Remember, parental attitudes toward the dentist shape the way children also view the dentist. Children are skillful at reading the body language of their parents and if the parents are anxious, the children will pick up on it. Please avoid using words such as “needle” or “shot”, or any other words that may suggest unpleasantness. We prefer to use positive words to explain things to children in a way that they can understand. Children’s books, such as the Bernstein Bears Visit the Dentist, are a great way to prepare your children for their dental visit.
Drs. Dan Launspach and Marshall Chey and our skilled and nurturing staff will provide a positive dental experience for you and your child. We treat all children as if they were our own. Helping them to achieve optimal oral health is our passion and we believe early dental care can promote a lifetime of healthy smiles for your child.