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.
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 invite you to stay with your child during their visits. We strive to establish a close rapport with your child so that we can gain your child's confidence and overcome apprehension. To achieve this, we do ask that you are supportive to your child, but let Dr. Coffman and her team have the attention of your child so they can build trust. For the safety and privacy of all patients, other children who are not being treated are asked to remain in the reception room with a supervising adult.
If you decide to remain in the reception area during your child's appointments, we offer free coffee and Wifi and invite you to relax while we take excellent care of your child.
The Dental Home is intended to provide a place other than the Emergency Room for parents.
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!