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7015 Old Keene Mill Rd, Suite 101

Springfield VA 22150  

(703) 879-6939

How To Prepare Your Child for His/Her First Visit


How should I prepare my child?

You can 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.


Please avoid using words around your child that might cause unnecessary fear, such as "needle", "shot", "pull", "drill", or "hurt". The office makes a practice of using words that convey the same message, but are pleasant and non-frightening to the child.


When should I make the appointment?

Preschool children should be seen in the morning because they are fresher and we can work more slowly with them for their comfort. School children with a lot of work to be done should be seen in the morning for the same reason. Dental appointments are an excused absence; however, missing school can be kept to a minimum when regular dental care is continued.


Do I stay with my child during the visit?

You are always welcome to accompany your child during their visit. However, we suggest you let your child accompany our staff through the dental experience if you are anxious about dental procedures, because you can transmit your anxiety to your child without noticing. Our purpose is to gain your child's confidence and overcome apprehension. We ask that children who are not being treated remain in the reception room with a supervising adult, so that we can give our patients our undivided attention.


The health of your child’s teeth and gums is as important to us as it is to you. We look forward to meeting with you and your child in our family dentist office in Springfield VA. Call us today at (703) 879-6939 to make an appointment.