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 goal of the first dental visit is to provide an informative and educational session for the parents and to introduce your child to a lifetime of healthy dental habits. We discuss the importance of prevention, home care, diet, and more for your child’s dental health in a positive caring atmosphere. Dr. Chana and her dental team will also have the opportunity at this time to discuss any dental findings and various treatment options if necessary.
To make the first visit to the dentist enjoyable and fun, we recommend only giving positive messages to your child about upcoming visit. If you are not comfortable with discussing it on your own, our caring and skill staff can do it for you instead when you come in. 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". Our dental team at River Falls Pediatric Dentistry makes a practice of using words that convey the same message, but are pleasant and non-frightening to your child. We want to make your child’s dental visit a very positive experience. Parents are always welcome to accompany their child on their first initial visit. A parent’s presence can be reassuring to a child when having a new experience. Our goal is to gain your child’s confidence and trust, by establishing a close rapport with them in helping them overcome any fears and apprehension they may have.
We strive to make each and every visit to our office a fun one!