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First Visit

pic7Our office, as well as the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommend establishing a “dental home” for your child within six months of his or her first tooth or by age one. The dental home is intended to provide a place other than the emergency room for patients.

You can make the first visit to the dentist both enjoyable and positive by informing your child that Dr. Klein and her team will be using the “Tell, Show, Do” technique to explain each procedure. With this technique, your child will hear and see what the procedure involves before they receive that part of their treatment. Dr. Klein and her team use child-friendly words to explain the tools and the processes, such as “sleepy juice,” “wiggle,” “Mr. Thirsty,” and “tooth counter.” We encourage you to use the same types of terms.

Each child is unique, and so are his or her dental needs. You are invited to accompany your child during the initial examination, but in future visits, if your child is over the age of five, we suggest you allow your child to have their own dental experience. This allows us to build a rapport with your child. Studies and our experience have shown that most children over age five react more positively when allowed to experience the dental visit on their own. Most school-aged children like to show their independence. However, if you choose, you may accompany your child to the treatment area. We ask that other children who are not being treated remain with a supervising adult in the reception area.