Parents and our dental staff are mutually concerned that children approach their dental health with positive attitudes. Treating children with concern and understanding forms the basis for a lifelong appreciation of the importance of regular care and prevention of dental problems. Very often parents will say to us, "This is my childs first visit; what should I do to prepare him?" The best answer is "nothing". For the most part, children are better patients than adults. This is because they come to the office with no preconceived ideas of what the experience will be. Please don't give your child the time or opportunity to hear any "neighborhood experiences". It is best to tell a child about a dental visit the night before the appointment. Age 3 is a good age to bring a child for the first time. Of course, always refer to the dentist as "our friend." The psychological acceptance of dental treatment is considered as important as the physical treatment.