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 not frightening to the child.
We invite you to stay with your child during the initial examination. During future appointments, we suggest you allow your child to accompany our staff through the dental experience. We can usually establish a closer rapport with your child when you are not present. Our purpose is to gain your child’s confidence and overcome apprehension. However, if you choose, you are more than welcome to accompany your child to the treatment room. 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.
In short, you’ll want to remember these tips as you begin taking your child to our dentist office:
- Use positive speech when talking about the dentist.
- Accompany your child on the first dentist visit.
- Let the staff accompany your child on subsequent visits.
- Help your child recognize the dentist as his or her “dental home.”
We strive to make each and every visit to our Auburn dentist office a fun one!
For the convenience of our patients, we accept most major insurance plans, and are PPO* providers for several carriers including:
- DELTA DENTAL
- UNITED CONCORDIA
*Some PPO agreements are with select plans only
Please call our office for any specific insurance questions, or to find out if we take your insurance plan.