We always try. However, it really depends on the child, and it can be a hard thing to predict. At Family Roots Dentistry, our top priority is for your child’s first visit to be a positive one. We understand that a trip to the dentist can be a scary event for a kid – unfamiliar environment with weird noises and funny-looking tools and gadgets. That’s why it’s important to us not to “push” them. We know that each child adapts to new environments and situations differently. Every first visit is called a “happy visit” – we “go for a ride” in the dental chair and have a “show and tell” of common tools and gadgets that we use. For some kiddos that aren’t comfortable right away, it may take a few appointments for them to establish confidence and trust with us so that we can complete an exam and cleaning. For others, they sit back in the chair, open wide, and let us do the rest. Either way, our focus is to make sure every child leaves with a smile on his or her face.