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It's important to start children  in the right direction to good dental hygiene.  A starting time for that first dental exam is usually around age three, unless you have dental concerns such as brown spots that may indicate decay or a pimple on the gums.   You can make the first visit to the dentist enjoyable and positive.  Your child should be informed of the visit and told that the dentist and staff will explain all procedures and answer any questions.  The less to-do concerning the visit, the better.

It is best to refrain from using words around your child that might cause unnecessary fear, such as needle, pull, drill or hurt.  The dental staff uses language that helps your child understand what will take place without causing alarm. 

We encourage children to come back to the treatment room alone so we may build a secure and comfortable relationship with them.  We find when the parent is present, their attention to us is divided.  If a parent must accompany their child, we ask that they be a silent observer.  If we request a parent's presence, we ask that only one parent be in the operatory and other family members stay in the reception room. 

Brushing techniques, flossing, healthy snacks and fluoride recommendations are just some of the topics discussed during your child's initial cleaning and exam appointment.