Robert L. Friess DMD
3295 Triangle Drive SE : Ste 242 : Salem, OR 97302
: 503.585.0101

For Parents

Your child’s first visit to our dental office should be around his or her first birthday, but could be as early as you’d like—as soon as the first tooth erupts or even sooner.

Here are some important dos and don’ts for you to keep in mind:

Things to do:

  • Come by our office for a casual, friendly visit to get acquainted and get a checkup.
  • Make an appointment for a visual check of your child’s teeth.
  • Have a discussion with us about oral health care for your child.
  • Familiarize your child with our dental office and consider bringing them along when you or a sibling has a dental appointment.

Things not to do:

  • Don’t wait for an emergency to schedule the first visit.
  • Over-prepare your children for dental visits. Talk to your child about where you will be taking him or her.
  • Avoid using phrases and words like, “it won’t hurt much,” “it won’t be too bad,” “drill” and “pull.” Such phrases do not soothe; they only create anxiety.