The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, along with the American Academy of Pediatric recommends that a child establish a dental home by age 1.
What should I tell my child before we come?
Tell your child that Dr. Ben is a friendly doctor who will help him or her have a healthy and pretty smile. Talk about the visit in a positive, matter-of-fact way, as you would any important new experience. If your child inquires, you can help by telling him or her that we will gently “count” and “take pictures” of his or her teeth.
You and Your Child’s Visit
We want everyone to feel comfortable at our office, especially you. Your confidence and trust is important to establishing trust with your child. If you feel they will do better without you present, we still encourage you to take a tour of our office and get to know us. Parents are always welcome to come back to the treatment area. However, we ask parents to be silent observers rather than active participants until a level of rapport is made with your child and us.
Have a positive attitude toward the visit and avoid sharing negative childhood memories to your child. Any anxiety on your part will most likely be sensed by your child and they too will become anxious. It is also important to remember that each child is an individual and his or her behavior is not always predictable. This is a family experience and we want you and your child to be comfortable, happy, and confident!