First Visit

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.


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.

Little playing at pediatric dentist Dr. Matt Pyfferoen's officeIt 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.

We have an “open chair” policy at Pyfferoen Pediatric Dentistry. One parent is welcome, but not required to accompany their child into the treatment areas for the visit. However, if your child is infant/toddler age, Dr. Matt encourages a parent to accompany the child. This allows for a more interactive appointment (questions/open dialogue).

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

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