Your First Visit With Us
Under My Pillow Pediatric Dentistry (UMPPD), 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 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. 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.
UMPPD MOTIVATIONAL CHARTS
Your child will enjoy healthy dental habits when they use these UMPPD Motivational Charts. Encourage regular brushing or help them break the thumbsucking habit.
UMPPD ACTIVITY SHEETS
Want something fun to do? Print one or all of the below UMPPD Activity Sheets to see if you can conquer them. We know you can do it!