Your Child's First Pediatric Dental Visit
Thank you for choosing our office for your child’s dental needs. Our dentists and the entire Team specialize in pediatric dentistry. We strive to provide a positive dental experience for you and your child.
The child’s first visit is important for several reasons. In many instances, it is the child’s first experience with dentistry; in some cases, the child has had a previous unpleasant experience. Patience and calm on your part will help ensure a successful and stress-free visit for your child. It is best if you refrain from using words around your child that might cause unnecessary fear, such as “needle”, “shot”, “drill”, or “hurt”. The office makes a practice of using words that convey the same message, but are pleasant and non-frightening to the child. By doing this, it will make the visit very positive and it allows us to establish a safe and trusting relationship. Schedule the appointment as early as possible in the day, when your child is alert and fresh.
One of our team members will reach out to each family prior to your child’s first appointment. We here at Elmhurst Dentistry for Kids recognize that every child is different, comes into the appointment with different behaviors, styles of learning and respond to different behavioral techniques. Our team member will guide parents through a small series of questions which will help us to obtain key information about your child prior to their office visit. Knowing how to best meet each child where they are will allow us the best opportunity to create an outstanding experience specific to their expectations and needs. We will also gather information on your child’s favorite toy, Disney character or special interests so we can provide something familiar to your child at their first visit to make them feel more at ease. When your child enters our practice, we want them to feel welcome, safe and that we care about each of them personally.
“ A parent or legal guardian MUST be present at the first appointment.”
At what age should my child first visit the dentist?
Our office, as well as The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), The American Dental Association (ADA) and The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) all recommend establishing a "Dental Home" for your child by 12 months old. Consider your child's first visit as a "well baby checkup" for his or her teeth.
The typical first dental appointment, also called a “meet and greet” for your child could include one or more of the following:
We pride ourselves in our “open door” policy, and we invite you to stay with your child during the initial examination and other appointments if necessary. However, there might be times where the child maybe more cooperative if he/she were to accompany our team member through the dental experience. Our purpose is to gain your child’s confidence and overcome apprehension. In order to allow necessary space for the Doctor and Dental Team to provide outstanding care for your child, only one Parent/Guardian may accompany a patient into the operatory. Due to your child’s safety and the safety of our dental staff, we ask that siblings of patients remain in the waiting area. It is our belief that siblings who wait in the waiting area and not accompany patients, have greater success in their own future dental appointments.
For more information please refer to our FAQ page.
Suggestions to prepare your child for the initial exam