We follow the recommendation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry that a child’s first dental visit be scheduled by his/her 1st birthday. Starting early allows your child to see our warm and cozy environment, build trust and put them at ease for future dental visits. We want to establish a DENTAL HOME as soon as possible. We will also review the importance of maintaining a good dental health program with you and your child to ensure a healthy and beautiful smile for life!
Activities at the first visit will be based upon the child’s age, anxiety and your dental concerns. At the very least, we hope to complete a comprehensive exam and fluoride varnish at this visit. We’re usually able to accomplish these simple procedures, but we can also just provide a “ride in the big chair” for children who are extremely apprehensive.
Most anxiety that children experience is based upon the apprehension of their parents. We are experienced in dealing with children with anxiety and can explain treatment procedures in a positive and pleasant manner to avoid any unpleasant feelings toward dentistry. Children should be encouraged to discuss any fears or anxiety they feel. Please support us by avoiding words that would initiate fear, such as “drill” or “shot.”
DR. JOSH’S DENTAL FRIENDLY VOCABULARY SUGGESTIONS:
|DON’T USE||OUR EQUIVALENT|
|needle or shot||sleepy juice|
|drill||water whistle tooth brush|
|drill on tooth||clean a tooth|
|pull or yank tooth||wiggle a tooth out|
|decay, cavity||sugar bug|
|tooth cleaning||tickle teeth|