Taking your child to the dentist for the first time can be exciting — and scary too. Fortunately, our local Scottsdale pediatric dentist has some tried and true tips and tricks for making this initial visit go by as easily as possible for your family.
Play “Dentist” at Home
As you start discussing the trip to the dentist with your child, it can help to read library books and role play. Use an extra set of toothbrushes to practice brushing and counting each other’s teeth, holding a flashlight to see inside of your mouth. Or put your child’s favorite toy in your lap and take turns examining their “teeth”.
The more empowered your child feels about visiting a dentist to have their teeth looked at, the less nervous they’re likely to be during the oral health checkup.
Leave Your Past Experiences at the Door
A parent’s dental phobia can easily overshadow how their child experiences the dental environment. While many of us have experienced negative encounters in a dental office, our pediatric practice is committed to ensuring an enjoyable and positive visit for all children. If you feel nervous, your child will likely feed off of that.
Relax. We’ve got it covered! Just sit back and enjoy the visit with your child.
Only Use Positive Language
When you’re describing things to your child, never say words like “hurt”, “shot”, “drill”, or the like…even if you’re saying “this won’t hurt” or “you won’t get any shots.”
Even though what you’re saying isn’t inherently bad, it can set off an unwanted chain of events.
Instead, use language like “this is going to tickle” or “the dentist is going to count your teeth” that are completely free of any intimidating verbs and adjectives.
When in doubt, let our pediatric dental team do the talking.
Schedule a Walk Through
For children patients with moderate to severe behavioral and special needs, ask about a tour or quick consultation in our Scottsdale office. We can arrange for a short 10-15 minute visit where your child gets to experience the sights and sounds of our practice without actually getting anything done. Maybe they ride up and down in the chair, see our electric toothbrushes, or just check out where they’ll be getting pictures taken.
This non-confrontational visit can help familiarize your child with our team and office, helping them to be more familiar with what to expect when they come back.
Schedule Visits by Age 1 or 2
Pediatric dental experts recommend that all children see a dentist by their first birthday. The earlier your child’s visit is, the less likely they are to have any major dental problems (and thus, any pain). Establishing dental care services in a positive light is best done early, rather than waiting until your child has a painful toothache.
Call Our Scottsdale Pediatric Dentist
Little White Tooth offers comprehensive pediatric dentistry to children of all ages. Contact us today to request your child’s visit with Dr. Veneberg to see how we can help make your child’s first dental appointment a great one full of smiles. Need additional tips? We’re happy to help!
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Kelly GalloDecember 10, 2021
Friendly and accommodating! Thank you for taking good care of our little girl Awesome practice 😁
Mary AziziDecember 3, 2021
Took my 2 year old for her check up for the first time to Little White Tooth. The staff is so nice and friendly and we’re so accommodating with my toddlers schedule. When we arrived to our appointment, I really thought the office was so cute! Dr. V and her assistant were so awesome and very understanding that my daughter was not going to be the easiest patient for them that morning. I knew she would cry but I expect worse and thanks to the approach they used to best do the exam as quickly and efficient as possible, it wasn’t bad at all. My toddler left really happy with her goodie bag and her prize. I’m really happy I found this office!
Toby PotterOctober 29, 2021
Great pediatric dentist!! Made my daughter feel very comfortable and met her at the level she was comfortable. Can’t wait for our 6 month checkup
Jessica ThomasOctober 21, 2021
It was our son's second dentist appointment this week and Little White Tooth Pediatric made us all feel right at home once again. The staff is always so sweet and accommodating to our family! All our concerns and questions were answered. Dr. Veneberg is warm, welcoming, and SO knowledgeable. The tech that helped us before the Dr. came is was personal and so patient with our son. I cannot recommend Little White Tooth Pediatric enough!! I would recommend family and friends to go here with no hesitation.
Cyndi WikaOctober 7, 2021
Little White Tooth Pediatric Dentistry is amazing! The staff and Dr. Veneberg is caring, gentle and is a wonderful dentist. I wish I could give them ten stars!
David MartinOctober 4, 2021
With so many “services” today declining there is one place we demand it and that’s for our children to give them the best care and experience possible. These folks are genuine, consistent and just plain lovely people. From the front desk, nurse to the dentist herself. Their tone, attitude, patience and skills with kids and their trade are spot on. Could not recommend more for parents and we are darn picky parents.
Monika LackaOctober 2, 2021
Beautiful office. Super friendly staff. Great experience. Highly recommend.
Jaymee Del RosarioSeptember 17, 2021
Love all the staff here and Dr. Veneberg! We were on ministry travel in Arizona and my 2 years old toddler was jumping around and hit is mouth on the corner of the coffee table. Ouch! Then we noticed his front tooth was cracked so deep straight from from gums. So that was a weekend, and we thought what do we do! We are far away from home! Oh noo! Then first call we made was Little White Tooth. The staff asked us what happened, they had us text them the image of his cracked tooth, and within an hour we were in the clinic. They squeezed us in their schedule and was just awesome. They were calm for me as I was a bit nervous for my son...but over all it was super great experience. Smooth process and my son loved the clinic!ots of stuff for the kids and awesome goodies. We are from NV and I don't mind coming back here to make this my son's dental place. Thank you Little White Tooth for taking good care of us! -THE Tennells'
Evan EdaakieSeptember 15, 2021
Amazing service provided from receptionist, tech, and Dr. V.
Ashley SerranoSeptember 2, 2021
So glad I found Little White Tooth! I will be taking all 4 of my kids here for now on. I can’t even express enough of how happy I am that a dentist office knows what MTHFR is and that they ask about it when filling out the forms online. I was so happy when I saw that. They are very knowledgeable about myofunctional therapy as well as tongue, lip and buccal ties! I would recommend everyone to this dental office! I drove 1 hr and will continue to do so with no problem, because that’s how much I love it! Thank you Little White Tooth for the wonderful experience. My daughter and son are loving the color changing cups they received just as a fun little gift, so thank you for that also!
SheriAnne LittleAugust 11, 2021
Dr. Veneberg and her staff are amazing!! So patient, kind, and care about their patients. They take the time to educate on overall wellness.
Rosie ChaconAugust 7, 2021
Absolute best experience at not only a dentists office but of a company in general. The staff is incredible, they are warm and friendly and literally make you feel like you're family. They made my daughter feel so comfortable and cared for and Dr. Veneberg is the very thing that every pediatric dentist should strive to be. I couldn't be happier!!! I am thrilled to have found such a gem!!
Jonatan AquinoAugust 7, 2021
Perfect environment for kids, my baby had a blast at this location. From the first momment we walk in, the waiting area was perfect for my little baby boy where they had many covid precautions as we walked in, such as taking everyone’s temperature, having patients use hand sanitizer. Once he was called back for his 1st check up, Dr. V was fenomenal taking care of my baby’s fear with Dr.,s making it easier for both me and my baby boy. More than a regular check up at a Dentist, it was more like going to a kids playground. I recommend this Dental practice to any parent out there seeking for the best Dental care they can find.
Clint JoslinAugust 3, 2021
The dentist is so nice. They tell me exactly what is going to happen so I feel comfortable, and know I am in excellent hands! They are welcoming and extremely friendly, and nice 😊! I am so glad Little White Tooth is my dentist😊❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️! Calista Joslin
Jiajian ShenJuly 29, 2021
Both of my daughters loved this place. My younger daughter Mia said it was very good. My older daughter said it was better than her prior dental care place.
Stephanie A HamiltonJuly 21, 2021
Excellent service and expertise always friendly !
Holly TurnerJuly 7, 2021
I highly recommend Little White Tooth. Dr. V is great but so is her staff. Friendly from the moment you walk in the door. The same hygienist has cleaned my daughter’s teeth 3 times now and has each time been so patient and comforting. Very clean office too!
Tiffany BanksJune 24, 2021
Best Dentist ever!!!! Kind and caring, takes time to discuss things with you. I could go on and on. Dr. V is amazing and I would highly recommend her. The staff is also amazing, especially Nicole.
Oh La Lari LLCJune 22, 2021
The staff is absolutely amazing! Dr Veneberg is so knowledgeable, gentle, and so sweet to my boys. Because of her they don’t mind going to the dentist! She has these magic cups and tokens for the kids to collect a prize at the end! I highly recommend her to everyone I know!!
Ale & Genaro ValladolidJune 16, 2021
I love this practice! My kids honestly love going to the dentist since coming to this practice. Very friendly staff.
Elizabeth PJune 15, 2021
So happy I found little white tooth to take my three year old son! He loves going to the dentist because of the wonderful staff! Highly recommend to someone in search of a pediatric dentist in the area!
katie darlandJune 3, 2021
Clean, friendly and overall great experience. So kind and gentle with my 3 year old. Made her love the dentist. Thank you!
Freeda CouryMay 27, 2021
My family and I are so happy to have found such an amazing pediatrics dentist so close to our home. Dentist visits used to be such a stressful experience for my four children but after meeting the staff of Little White Tooth, we could not be happier. The dentist and staff are very professional and have a special talent with comforting their patients. The office is also a fun place for children to be. It’s kids friendly atmosphere is very comforting for children while waiting for their appointment. I highly recommend Little White Tooth Pediatrics Dentistry.
Nichelle HodgeMay 20, 2021
100% recommend Little White Tooth Dentistry! Dr. V and her staff are phenomenal. They are very knowledgeable and personable. You can tell that they are passionate about their careers. I absolutely love this office! I cannot say one bad thing about this place. Thank you for taking great care of my children and making all of us feel comfortable.
Zee HMay 18, 2021
Very friendly and professional staff. Dentist is very kind and patient with kids. Love this place!
Shelby CruzMay 8, 2021
This was my daughter’s first time to the dentist, and they were so patient, let her adjust to the environment, and she left saying she can’t wait to go back!! Amazing staff and doctor!!!
Shadae LuckieMay 7, 2021
Me and my son absolutely love this office. They are always happy smiling and interested in our lives. Dr V is amazing of course and so is all the staff. My son loves the movies even though we are always in and out he truly enjoys it. He also looks forward to his treat at the end. The office is always clean and light. Just an amazing place overall.
Summer GehrkeApril 15, 2021
We love Dr. V and her staff - everyone is so friendly here, and the kids love coming to the dentist! Another great appointment for both kiddos today!
Deserae CApril 15, 2021
This was our first time at Little White Tooth and my daughter absolutely loved it. I’m pleased with our experience and how fast, friendly and welcoming our visit was. The entire staff was amazing and made my daughter extremely comfortable. Can’t ask for anything more! We’ll definitely continue to see Dr. V and the rest of the team!
Stefanie HeckmanApril 8, 2021
We loved Dr V! Everything about the office was welcoming and fun. My 6 year old was a little nervous but they talked to her so warmly and it was a great experience!
Kathy DayMarch 31, 2021
From the front office staff to the dental hygienist, everyone was very nice! Dr. V is a sweetheart and very informative. My kids had a great experience!
Mallory LambertMarch 30, 2021
We visited Little White Tooth for the first time last week. The office was very clean and the staff were warm and inviting. I was so nervous about how my 2 year old would handle his first visit, but the dentist really put him at ease and was very patient/gentle with him. We truly had a great experience and can’t recommend them enough!
Daniel TulcanMarch 19, 2021
A incredible staff. Friendly, professional and a great group of people to be surrounded by. Thanks for everything you have done for my son. You guys are wonderful and the world needs more people like you.
Dianna TMarch 18, 2021
Friendly office with great staff. Dr. Veneberg and team made my toddler's first dental checkup a positive experience all around!
Brianna RyffMarch 3, 2021
Fantastic experience for pediatric patients. Dr. V is extremely knowledgeable and takes her time discussing findings and recommended treatment options. We can here initially for a second opinion and now can’t imagine going anywhere else. Update: can’t say enough positive thing about Dr. V and her wonderful staff! I was told my son needed invasive surgery requiring general anesthesia and costing thousands of dollars (even with insurance!). Going to Dr. V for a second opinion was the best decision. She did an in office SDF treatment, and he’s been stable since. Her staff even helped with recommendations when another adult family member had a tooth emergency and we needed referral recommendations. Thank you for all you do!
Laura AbbottFebruary 18, 2021
May have been my grandson’s first visit to the dentist. Everyone there was wonderful! They made his visit as stress free as possible. From a ceiling-mounted TV to a gold token for a treat at the end of the visit and everything in between, it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience and I’m sure my grandson won’t mind going back to the dentist in 6 months.
Lindsay CheathamFebruary 18, 2021
Dr. Veneberg and her staff are so wonderful! They are so patient with kids, and love building a relationship with the kids and earning their confidence! It’s very admirable!
Jason MelloFebruary 17, 2021
I highly recommend Little White Tooth. The staff is friendly, professional, and easy to work with. Every appointment has been punctual. The office is very clean, well maintained, and cute. The kids look forward to visits. Dr. V has also heavily invested in electronic resources to make communicating easy and paperless. I wish they took adult patients!