First Visit

Baby with crochet hat

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 invite you to stay with your child during their appointments. However, it is important that Dr. Jackie and her staff are given the chance to establish a closer rapport with your child. Our purpose is to gain your child's confidence and overcome apprehension. For many children, the voice of a parent will always be the one they pick out to hear. Thus, we ask for your help by being a quiet observer in the room and allowing your child to focus their attention on Dr. Jackie and her staff. For the safety and privacy of all patients, other children who are not being treated should remain in the reception room with a supervising adult.

We strive to make each and every visit to our office a fun one!

Kids coloring bookPersonalized Coloring Book

“My First Visit to the Dentist”

A personalized child’s coloring book to help patients look forward to their dental visit. A great keepsake for your child’s scrapbook or baby book.

Sample Boy | Sample Girl