Pediatric Dentist - First Visit

Pediatric Dentist - Tyler, Longview and Jacksonville, TX - Culberson R. Boren, D.D.S.

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 Dental Home is intended to provide a place other than the
Emergency Room for parents. 

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.

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". The office makes a practice of using words that convey the same message, but are pleasant and non-frightening to the child.

Parents are welcome to accompany their child to the clinic area during hygiene visits, but we ask that you wait in the waiting area during treatment visits. This allows us to build trust with your child and protect the privacy of our other treatment patients. Studies and experience have shown that most children react more positively when permitted to experience the dental visit on their own and in an environment designed for children. Our goal is to help your child have the most positive experience possible and enjoy coming back.

An adult parent or legal guardian must accompany all minor patients (under 18 years of age) and must remain inside the building at all times throughout your child's dental appointment. If an authorized adult other than the parent or legal guardian is present at your child's appointment, it is important that we have documents signed by the parent or legal guardian prior to your child's appointment.

We strive to make each and every visit to our office a fun one!

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