First Visit

Along with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, we recommend that a child’s first dental visit be scheduled by his/her 1st birthday. It is very important to make the first visit as positive and enjoyable for the child as possible. We want your child to enjoy getting to know our doctors and staff and be comfortable at all times. A pleasant, comfortable first visit builds trust and helps put the child at ease during future dental visits. Let the child know that the doctors and staff will explain everything in detail and will answer any questions he/she has. Children should be encouraged to discuss any fears or anxiety they feel.

Parents should not make a big deal out of the visit and refrain from using any words that could cause unnecessary fear, such as “needle” or “drill.” We are experienced in dealing with children with anxiety and can explain treatment procedures in a positive and pleasant manner to avoid any anxious or negative feelings toward dentistry.

We will record the child’s dental and medical history, complete a comprehensive examination and discuss any findings with you. We will also review the importance of maintaining a good dental health program with you and your child to ensure a healthy and beautiful smile for life!

Special Needs Patients
Download the Picture Book.
Make appointments every three to four weeks for familiarity.

Dental play at home and or with the occupational therapist must become a priority. Laying your child down on the floor, in your lap or in a chair to brush their teeth is a great way to begin this dental play. Using a dental mirror and other items included in the bag given, as well as an Oral B electronic toothbrush is highly recommended during this dental play.

Our ultimate goal is to create a fun, pleasant experience for your child in our office. Therefore, treating each child with their individual needs is our priority.

Small goals will be set for each visit. If we accomplish one goal with confidence it will enable us to easily attain the next one.

With every visit to our office, your child will become more comfortable with the sights and sounds of our dental environment. We aspire to creating a positive happy health care experience.

Cheryl Kelley, DMD Pediatric Dentistry | 370 White Spruce Blvd. | Rochester, NY, 14623
Phone: (585) 424-5005 | Fax: (585) 475-0096 | e-mail: