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.
Prior to your child’s visit, complete your child’s patient paperwork. Shortly after scheduling your child’s appointment with us you should have received an email from Cahaba Heights Pediatric Dentistry. It contains a link to an electronic version of our patient paperwork. We do ask that you complete this and submit it electronically at least 1 day prior to your appointment. Submitting your forms online will enable both our clinical and admin staff to prepare for your child's first visit prior to your arrival.
If you are unable to complete the forms online prior to your appointment, please arrive 30 minutes before your child's appointment time to complete these forms in the office.
You can make the first visit to the dentist enjoyable and positive. Talk to your child about the appointment – if you are excited about the visit, they will be too!
Tell your child about the visits but limit the amount of details given, 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. Answer any questions with simple, to-the-point answers. Let our staff answer more complex or detailed questions. Our staff is trained to describe things to children in a nonthreatening way and in easy-to-understand language.
Help your child understand how important it is to have healthy teeth and gums and that it’s Dr. Richardson’s job to help us take care of our teeth.
As an additional resource, use the personalized coloring book in the Kids Zone to help explain the first visit.
We strive to make each and every visit to our office a fun one!