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Specializing in dentistry for infants, children & adolescents.

Play, Learn, and Smile: Making Dental Appointments Enjoyable for Kids

young dentist playing with kid and mother with dinosaur toy

Visiting the dentist can be a daunting experience for anyone, but for kids, it can often be a source of anxiety and fear. At Where Smiles Grow, we believe that dental appointments should be enjoyable and stress-free for children. Our team specializes in pediatric care, and we go above and beyond to create a welcoming and fun environment that makes kids look forward to their dental checkups. Here’s a detailed look at how we make dental appointments an enjoyable experience for your little ones!

Specialized Pediatric Care

 One of the cornerstones of our practice is our team of expert pediatric dentists. Our doctors have years of experience in working with children and are trained to provide gentle, compassionate, and age-appropriate dental care. We understand that children have unique dental needs, and our dentists are skilled at creating a comfortable and positive experience for each child. Our experience also goes beyond pediatric dentistry as our team has advanced training in early childhood development, behavior management, and are proud recipients of the Outstanding Providers Award from the Autism Society of the Greater Capital Region. Our mission is to meet every child where they are and provide them with exceptional care.

Warm and Friendly Staff

From the moment you and your child walk through our doors, you will be greeted by warm, smiley team members who are dedicated to making your visit a pleasant one. Our staff is not only highly trained but also genuinely caring and understanding. We know that a friendly and welcoming atmosphere can make a world of difference in easing any apprehensions your child might have.

Kid-Friendly Reception Area

Our waiting room is designed with kids in mind. It’s filled with an array of games and activities that will keep your child engaged and entertained while waiting for their appointment. Whether it’s a colorful play area, books, or interactive toys, we aim to make the wait as enjoyable as possible.

Cool Glasses and Entertainment

During their cleaning and checkup, children have the option to wear cool, colorful glasses that add a sense of fun to the experience. We also have TVs in our treatment rooms playing kid-friendly movies, so your child can watch their favorite shows and stay distracted during procedures.

Flavorful Choices

We understand that children have their own preferences, so we offer a choice of toothpaste flavors. This small but important choice empowers your child and makes them feel more in control of their dental visit.

No-Cavity Club with Incentives

We encourage good oral hygiene habits from an early age. That’s why we have a “No-Cavity Club” with exciting incentives for children who have a cavity-free checkup. Positive reinforcement can go a long way in motivating kids to take care of their teeth.

Take-Home Goodies

After your child sees the doctor for their exam, they’ll receive a special take-home bag. This bag includes a toothbrush, floss, and a couple of prizes as a reward for doing a great job during their visit. It’s a little extra something to make the trip to the dentist even more exciting.

Monthly Coloring Contests

We love to nurture creativity and artistic expression in children. That’s why we host monthly coloring contests where kids can showcase their artistic talents. Prizes and recognition are given to the winners, making it a fun and engaging way to participate in our dental community.

The Role Parents Play

Parents play a crucial role in making dental visits more enjoyable for their children. Here are some ways you can contribute to a positive dental experience!

Positive Attitude

Parents can start by maintaining a positive attitude themselves. Avoid sharing negative dental experiences and instead focus on the importance of dental health and the benefits of regular checkups. Your child often takes cues from your own reactions, so staying calm and optimistic can help alleviate their anxiety.


Prepare your child for the dental visit by explaining what to expect in a simple and age-appropriate manner. Highlight the fun aspects, such as the cool glasses and the chance to watch a favorite movie to build excitement.

Choose the Right Time

Schedule dental appointments at a time when your child is well-rested and relaxed. Avoid booking appointments during their naptime or close to mealtime to reduce the chances of them being irritable.

Distraction Techniques

Bring along their favorite toy, book, or stuffed animal to help distract and comfort them during the appointment. Familiar items can provide a sense of security and familiarity in an unfamiliar setting.

Encourage Questions

Encourage your child to ask questions and express any concerns they may have. Reassure them that our team is there to help and answer any questions they might have.

Be Supportive

During visits, provide comfort and reassurance to your child as needed. Holding their hand, offering a comforting touch, or simply being present can provide a sense of security and reassurance, helping them feel more at ease throughout the appointment. Your support plays a vital role in making the dental experience a positive one for your child.

Contact Our Where Smiles Grow Team Today!

At Where Smiles Grow, we believe that dental appointments should be more than just routine checkups. We strive to create an environment where kids can play, learn, and smile, all while taking care of their dental health. Our team of caring professionals is here to make sure your child’s dental experience is a positive one, setting the foundation for a lifetime of good oral health and happy smiles. We are currently accepting new patients in our three convenient locations in Schodack, Latham, and Delmar! Contact us today to learn more or schedule an appointment.