Dr. Danielle Funny and Dr. Sonya Maynor recommend establishing a “dental home” for your child when their first few teeth appear, or by their first birthday. Our dental team uses this initial visit to arm you with information on how to keep your child’s smile healthy for a lifetime. Children with an established dental home are more likely to receive appropriate preventive and routine oral health care. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Dental Association (ADA), and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) all recommend this early dental visit.
A dental home is intended not only to provide comprehensive dental care but to serve as a resource so you know how to best maintain your child’s oral health.
We strive to make your child’s first visit to University Pediatric Dentistry an enjoyable and positive experience. Our upbeat team is trained to meet the unique needs of children of all ages. If your child is able to understand, you can tell them about our special office, where there will be plenty of kids just like them. Giving specific details about the dental visit is not necessary because we will explain everything to your child in age-appropriate language!
Our dental team takes pride in using non-threatening terminology to describe our instruments and procedures to our patients. Please partner with us by refraining from using words around your child that might cause unnecessary fear. Words like “needle,” “shot,” “pull,” “drill,” or “hurt” are not typically used by our team, as we make a practice of using words that convey the same message but are pleasant and non-frightening to your child.
We invite you to tour our office and remain with your child during their initial examination. During future appointments, however, we do suggest that you encourage your child to experience independence by receiving their treatment while you wait in the reception area. We strive to establish a rapport with each of our patients in order to gain their confidence and overcome apprehension. If you do choose to accompany your child during future visits, you are more than welcome to come in the treatment areas. For the safety and privacy of all patients, other children who are not being treated should remain in the reception area with a supervising adult.
We strive to make each and every visit to our office a great one. The University Pediatric Dentistry team is committed to providing excellent patient care and exceptional customer service! Please contact us at 704-688-1664 to schedule your child’s first dental visit with our caring pediatric dentists in Charlotte, North Carolina, or if you have any questions about your child’s first visit.
For your convenience, we have provided New Patient Forms online. Please follow the link provided here to access our forms. We encourage you to complete them and bring them with you to your child’s first appointment.