Long with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, we recommend that a child’s first dental visit be scheduled by his/her 1st birthday. It is very important to make the first visit as positive and enjoyable for the child as possible. We want your child to enjoy getting to know our doctors and staff and be comfortable at all times. A pleasant, comfortable first visit builds trust and helps put the child at ease during future dental visits. Let the child know that Dr. Stimmel and his staff will explain everything in detail and will answer any questions he/she has. Children should be encouraged to discuss any fears or anxiety they feel.
Parents should not make a big deal out of the visit and refrain from using any words that could cause unnecessary fear, such as “needle” or “drill.” We are experienced in dealing with children with anxiety and can explain treatment procedures in a positive and pleasant manner to avoid any anxious or negative feelings toward dentistry.
At the first visit, your child will receive a dental cleaning, fluoride treatment, complete examination and whatever X-rays are indicated for his/her age. A consultation and office tour always follow the initial examination.
The first visit is a combination diagnostic and get-acquainted appointment. If your child is age 3 or older, he/she will be asked to begin the appointment without the parent. This, along with other indicators, allows us to assess your child’s maturity and security along with his/her dental health.
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