We find that an effective and comfortable visit begins before you even walk through our practice doors. There are times when parents unintentionally pass their own negative associations, or fear of dental experiences or professionals onto their children. Before your child’s visit, we find it is best not to use any triggering or fear-inspiring words. Avoiding words like “pain”, “drill”, or “shot” is a great start! Let your children understand that their dental appointment should be a pleasant, beneficial experience where the dentist will answer questions and clean their teeth to make sure their mouths stay healthy. Talking with your child about Dr. Riina as though she is your own trusted friend will help to encourage your child’s trust. Showing them the staff and practice pictures here on our website will also make them feel more familiar, and even excited for when they get to come into the office for the first time.