What To Expect During Your Visit
Our office, as well as 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.
We are honored that you are considering our practice to provide dental care for your child. We look forward to meeting you and your child in our office soon and officially welcoming you to our practice.
We invite you to be present with your child during all of their appointments. Parents play a vital role in helping make the first visit to the dentist enjoyable and positive. Your child should be informed of the visit and told that Dr. Wong and her staff will explain everything and answer any questions. If you approach the visit casually the chances are much better that your child will do the same. Preventive care appointments are usually scheduled every six months. Preventative care is very important, and we find that if done consistently; these visits should comprise the majority of visits to our office.
Whether this is your child’s first visit to a dentist or this is your first visit in our office, it is important that your child feels comfortable and begins developing a trusting rapport with Dr. Wong and our staff. The first visit is designed to make your child feel comfortable and to make the dental visit a fun experience. Each child is unique; we understand his/her curiosity and apprehension and give each patient individualized attention. Our staff is trained to work with children and to carefully explain and help each child participate in activities designed to help build their self-confidence.
If you have any questions or would like more information about our services, please don’t hesitate to call or email our office!
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!