The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Dental Association (ADA), and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommend that your child visit the dentist by his/her first birthday or 6 months after the eruption of their 1st tooth.
When the child is seen at one year, the first visit can be enjoyable and positive! Emphasis is on the developmental assessment of the child’s oral health and establish methods of good dental habits. Caries (tooth decay) or developmental disturbances can be managed early. Fluoride varnish may be applied to counteract beginning decay on newly erupted teeth. 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”. Our office makes a practice of using words that convey the same message, but are pleasant and non-frightening to the child. Linked below is a page with many of the words we use frequently throughout the day in our office!
We welcome all parents to join us along with their child during most dental procedures! During your child’s first visit our office we ask that you join us during his/her first exam not only for their comfort but yours as well. If your child is over the age of 10 and feels comfortable enough to hang out with our staff during their exam and cleaning we encourage their independence in our office. Parents are welcome to enjoy a movie in our front office or sit in our play room in the back. Parents will be asked to join their child as Dr. Kindell examines their child. At this time any concerns you or the doctor have can be discussed.