What To Expect
during a
Happy Tooth visit

The American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and American Dental Association recommend children have their first dental visit when the first tooth comes in, usually between six and twelve months of age.

Establishing a dental home by age one can prevent decay by beginning education and preventive care as early as possible. In the same way you establish a medical home with your child’s physician for their well-child visits, you should have a dental home established to prevent decay and handle any dental emergencies.

Your child’s first dental visit in our office will include a review of their medical and dental history and a thorough dental exam. We will help your child learn what to expect by telling, showing and doing. Many parents are surprised about how much children let us do!

Tips For A Positive Dental Experience

Schedule 1st visit by age 1.

Schedule morning appointments for young children, many tend to be rested and cooperative in the morning.

Use simple and positive words when discussing with your child. For example, “you will get your teeth counted, have pictures taken, and receive a new toothbrush”.

Never use the dentist as a threat.

Please keep your anxiety to yourself.

If you have concerns about your child’s first visit, please speak with a member of our team.

Calming An Anxious Child

Each child is different so we tailor dental experiences to each child. We will help your child learn about what happens at the dentist by telling, showing and doing. Many parents are surprised by how much children let us do!

Our team makes every effort to obtain your child’s trust and cooperation through warmth, charm, humor and understanding. We believe strongly in meeting children where they are at and slowly introducing the dental experience.

Children With Special Healthcare Needs

Dr. Dobbins has experience providing dental care to children with a wide range of special health care needs.

The entire team at Sunny Day is proud that our office provides a dental home to many children/young adults who might otherwise have to go without routine preventive dental care in a private practice setting.

If your child requires more extensive dental treatment, Dr. Dobbins is in partnership with the dental clinic at Children’s Mercy Hospital and will help facilitate as needed.