Familiarize them with our Office Tour:
Show them pictures of the outside and inside of our building so they are more comfortable walking in.
Get to know your child care team:
Show your child pictures of our smiling doctors, assistants and admin staff (make sure they see our silly faces behind each picture!), so they are familiar with us even before they come in. Our New Patient care team will reach out to you so you know who you will be working with during your 1st visit.
Tell them how exciting this adventure will be:
Use positive words to explain that they will be visiting a tooth doctor. Tell them that we will be counting and cleaning their teeth.
Decide if you want to accompany your child:
Most younger kids need the support of their parents especially during their first visit. We have an open door policy for parents of kids of all ages. But, just as 5-year-olds go to kindergarten on their own, once your child is comfortable in our offices(usually after the first visit), you may want to let them go back on their own for their exam and cleaning. That is a decision for you as a parent to make. We want our parents and our children to be comfortable and also recognize their ability to be independent (in some ways) when they are ready and motivated to be.