As a parent, you probably want to know when you should take your child to a dentist. Our practice follows the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and American Academy of Pediatrics which states that a child’s first visit to his or her pediatric dentist should occur as soon as the first baby tooth appears, or when your child turns 1. The goal of this office is to establish a dental home for your child. We are committed to building an ongoing relationship between our pediatric dentists and your child and taking an holistic approach to caring and monitoring his or her oral health. Everyone in our office is trained to make your child’s first visit a positive experience. If your child cries, please don’t be upset. Children are naturally afraid of anything that they perceive as new and different and the fear of the unknown is often expressed through crying. We assure you that our friendly and experienced staff will make every effort to make your little one feel comfortable with the new surroundings. We treat every young patient as if they were our own child. It would help if you take time to sit down with your child and talk about his or her upcoming dental appointment. You can explain what the visit is for, in a positive and age-appropriate way. You can also show your child photos of our office, as well as pictures of the dental chair and commonly used dental equipment. We also encourage you to maintain a positive attitude toward the dentist and staff, because kids are very good at reading their parents’ minds. By staying calm and positive, your child will also feel relaxed. We suggest that you show your child books like Me Your Smile!: A Visit to the Dentist (featuring Dora the Explorer) and The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist as a way to prepare for their dental appointment. Before visiting our office, please click on the link below and complete the information in our New Patient Form. Please bring this form on your first visit.