Positive feelings about good oral care can help your child develop dental habits that will last a lifetime. Dr. Baker welcomes children as young as age 2, depending on the maturity of the child.
Dr. Baker and her staff have created a friendly family atmosphere in a comfortable and safe environment. She and her staff are parents also, and they will care for your little one to make sure the experience is positive. The most important part of the visit is for your child to become comfortable with going to the dentist, and to get to know Dr. Baker and her staff. A pleasant first visit helps put your child at ease for future visits and builds trust.
Primary teeth are important because healthy teeth help children learn speech and practice clear pronunciation. Primary teeth allow children to eat and maintain good nutrition. And primary teeth guide eruption of permanent teeth which usually begins around age 6.
Before the Visit
Before your child’s first visit, we encourage talking to your child about going to the dentist in a positive tone. We encourage you to help your child practice brushing teeth at home in a fun way.
- Schedule the appointment after nap time or in the morning
- Bring along favorite toys and books
- Bring your camera
- Schedule other doctor visits or potentially negative activities for the same day
- Let your own fears rub off on your child
- Yell at or punish your child for being afraid
Reading books about the dentist can help your child look forward to going to the dentist. Books can help your little one better understand what will happen, reducing anxiety and fear. Dr. Baker encourages reading books from the following list to your child before the appointment:
A Visit to the Dentist (Little Bill)
by Eleanor Fremont, Andy Mastrocinque (Illustrator)
Brush Your Teeth Please
by Leslie McGuire, Jean Pidgeon (Illustrator)
Dear Tooth Fairy
by Alan Durant, Vanessa Cabban (Illustrator)
How Many Teeth? (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1)
by Paul Showers, True Kelley (Illustrator)
Little Rabbit’s Loose Tooth
by Lucy Bate
Open Wide : Tooth School Inside
by Laurie Keller
The Night Before the Tooth Fairy (Reading Railroad Books)
by Natasha Wing, Barbara Johansen Newman (Illustrator)
The Story of the Tooth Fairy
by Tom Paxton, Robert Sauber
Throw Your Tooth on the Roof: Tooth Traditions from Around the World
by Selby Beeler, G. Brian Karas (Illustrator)
What Do the Fairies Do With All Those Teeth?
by Michel Luppens, Phillipe Beha (Illustrator)