First Visit

Brother and Sister Hugging at Pediatric Dentist Office in Clarks Summit

What To Expect

Our office, as well as the The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Dental Association (ADA), and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) all recommend establishing a "Dental Home" for your child by one year of age. Children who have a dental home are more likely to receive appropriate preventive and routine oral health care.

You can make the first visit to the dentist enjoyable and positive. If old enough, your child should be informed of the visit and told that the dentist and their staff will explain all procedures and answer any questions. The less to-do concerning the visit, the better.

It is best if you refrain from using words around your child that might cause unnecessary fear, such as "needle", "shot", "pull", "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.

We invite you to stay with your child during the initial examination during most appointments. For some children it can be better to develop a rapport with them when you are not around, for these specific instances, you may be encouraged to wait for them in the waiting room. For the safety and privacy of all patients, other children who are not being treated should remain in the reception room with a supervising adult.

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