As recommended by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, we suggest parents bring their child to the dentist before his or her first birthday. Going to the dentist should be positive, and creating a memorable experience begins at home. Start by discussing the upcoming visit with your child to ease their mind. Make sure to let them know the dentist and team will explain each procedure and answer your child’s questions.
When discussing the dentist with your child, avoid using phrases that could evoke negative feelings, such as “hurt,” “pull,” “needle,” “drill” or “shot.” Instead, our dental team uses words that have similar meanings, but are positive and won’t frighten your child.