We understand that choosing the right dentist for your child is an important decision. Well, at Iowa Pediatric Dental Center, we strive to make your child’s first visit fun and enjoyable.

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, and we would love to be the dental home for your child!

Leading Up To the First Visit

Parents can really help 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.

Be mindful of the words you use around your child. It is best if you refrain from using fear-inducing words such as “needle”, “shot”, “pull”, “drill” or “hurt”. Our staff makes a practice of using words that convey the same message, but are pleasant and non-frightening to the child.

If your child is over the age of 3, we ask that you allow them to accompany our staff through the dental experience. We are all highly experienced in helping children overcome anxiety. Separation anxiety is not uncommon in children, so please try not to be concerned if your child exhibits some negative behavior. This is normal and will soon diminish. Studies and experience have shown that most children over the age of 3 react more positively when permitted to experience the dental visit on their own and in an environment designed for children.