We are honored that you are considering our practice to
provide dental care for your child. Entrusting your child to our care is a
privilege we eagerly anticipate and a responsibility by which we are
humbled. We look forward to meeting you and your child in our office soon
and officially welcoming you to our practice.
Whether this is your child's first visit to a dentist or this is your first
visit in our office, it is important that your child feel comfortable and
begin developing a trusting rapport with the Doctor and staff.
The first visit is designed to
gain your child's confidence and trust. Each
child is unique; we understand their curiosity and apprehension and give
each patient individualized attention. Everything is carefully explained and
each child participates in activities designed to help build their
self-confidence. One of our highly trained staff will guide your child
throughout this introduction.
During this appointment we spend time with you and your child on
toothbrushing and reviewing food choices that help fight tooth decay. We
also review the child's medical and dental history, take any necessary
x-rays, perform a cleaning and fluoride treatment, and discuss your child's
present dental needs along with any recommended treatment.
When should I schedule my child's first
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
recommends that your child visit the dentist by his or her 1st birthday.
Beginning dental care at an early age is important for a number of
reasons. Many parents of infants and toddlers are not confident they are caring for
their child�s teeth properly and can benefit greatly from the instruction we
offer. Early visits provide opportunities to address other preventive issues
that are vital to healthy teeth and a pleasing smile. Dental visits that are
scheduled before problems develop can be kept short and help the child
become relaxed in the dental environment more quickly.
Our goal for children under 3 is to make dental visits quick and easy. Dr.
Hersey will provide a thorough examination and talk with you about any
issues of concern while your child plays nearby. With each subsequent visit
your child will mature and confidence and trust will most likely increase.
After age 3 we will begin preventive care visits which include examination,
cleaning, fluoride treatment and appropriate radiographs.
You can make the first visit to the dentist enjoyable and positive. Your
child should be informed of the visit and told that Dr. Hersey and his staff
will explain everything and answer any questions. If you approach the visit
in a casual manner the chances are much better that your child will do the
same. 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. We
make a practice of using words that convey the same message, but are
pleasant and non-frightening to the child.
We invite you to be present with your child during the first visit to our
practice and for all preventive care appointments scheduled every six
months. These visits should comprise the majority of visits to
our office. During other visits which will require your child�s undivided
attention our staff will accompany them to maximize the chances of a