Kids on grass - Anderson & Sheppard Pediatric Dentists in Roanoke, Salem and Vinton, VA

We welcome you to our pediatric dental practice. All of our dentists are board certified pediatric dentists, meaning that they each have completed an additional two to three years of pediatric specialty training following the successful completion of dental school. Their ongoing participation in continuing pediatric dental education and their successful completion of school and earned certification by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

Most, if not all, professional organizations relating to the care of children recommend that the first comprehensive dental examination and consultation appointment occur within six months of the eruption of your child’s first tooth, or by the first birthday. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (one of the National Institutes of Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) and the National Maternal & Child Oral Health Resource Center, to name a few, are included in this group of well known authoritative organizations which recommend that children have their first dental examination appointment within six months of the eruption of the first tooth, or by the first birthday, in order to establish a “Dental Home” for your child.

We are in agreement with these recognized organizations that children should have their first dental examination and consultation appointment within six months of the eruption of their first tooth or by their first birthday. Children who have a dental home by their first birthday are more likely to receive appropriate preventive and routine oral health care and avoid extensive dental treatment. For a variety of reasons, children who begin their preventive dental care at this stage of development and continue with ongoing recommended preventive care both at home and in the dental office are more likely to have better dental health and a positive and favorable outlook towards dental care throughout life.

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. Often, the less to-do concerning the visit, the better.

It 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.