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First Visit

Dr. Shane Harpham with Child PatientOur 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.

We encourage parents to come back to the clinical area for their child's cleaning and restorative appointments! We find that it can be beneficial for some children to have the comfort and familiarity of someone they know while being in an unfamiliar place. For the safety and privacy of all patients, we recommend that only one adult accompany their child to the clinical area for their appointment.

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

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