We Make a Visit to the Dentist a Positive Experience
At Small Bites Pediatric Dentistry, our goal is to get to know your child and make their visit as happy as possible. We'll partner with you to understand your dental routine and discuss ways to ensure your child forms healthy habits.
Importance of Choosing a Dental Home
Our pediatric dental office, as well as the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), recommends establishing a dental home for your child by age one. Children who have a dental home are more likely to receive appropriate preventive and routine oral health care. It also allows them to become comfortable with visiting the dentist at a young age, making future visits stress free.
Preparing for Your Child's Appointment
New Patient Paperwork
To save time at your first appointment, download and complete the new patient paperwork below. Bring this with you to your child's appointment with a copy of your insurance card.
Words to Avoid
You can help make the first visit to the dentist enjoyable and positive. 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 trained staff uses words that convey the same message, but are educational and non-frightening to the child.
We invite you to stay with your child during the initial exam. For future appointments, we recommend that you allow your child to accompany our staff independently. 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. However, if you choose, you are welcome to accompany your child for treatment.