The Dental Home is intended to provide a place for dental care other than the Emergency Room.
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.
The Dental Home is intended to provide a place other than the Emergency Room for parents.
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.
May I accompany my child during their visit?
Absolutely! Our practice maintains an open-door policy for parents. Younger children benefit from the presence of a parent in an unfamiliar environment. Your presence during examinations allows Dr. Chris the chance to address any concerns you may have regarding your child’s dental condition.
For children receiving treatment such as fillings, our experience has shown that they usually have a better visit with parents outside the treatment room. Parents are encouraged to check on their children whenever they wish, but children often make more effort to cooperate with us if they don’t know they have a parental audience – so try to be stealthy!
For treatment involving intravenous sedation, for safety reasons we recommend that you relax in the reception area and accompany a staff member if you wish to come back to check on your child.
We strive to make each and every visit to our office a fun one!
For your convenience prior to visiting our office, please click on the link below to print the New Patient Health History Form, complete the information and bring it with you to your first visit.
Your child will enjoy healthy dental habits when they use these Motivational Charts. Encourage regular brushing or help them break the thumbsucking habit.
Want something fun to do? Print one or all of the below Activity Sheets to see if you can conquer the Dental Crossword Puzzle, find all of the Hidden Toothbrushes, Unscramble the Dental Words, or find the Hidden Dental Words. We know you can do it!