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.
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.
Treat your child's first dental visit as you would a well baby check-up with your child's pediatrician. During your child's visit Dr. Farthing or Dr. Papineau will review medical and dental histories, complete a thorough oral examination,discuss appropriate daily oral care, evaluate fluoride needs, clean your child's teeth if indicated and provide age specific information about your child's teeth and dental development. Early preventive dental care can dramatically improve your child's oral health. Drs. Farthing and Papineau look forward to welcoming you to our office.
We strive to make each and every visit to our office a fun one!