Pediatric Dentist & Orthodontics in Pittsfield & Great Barrington, MA - Drs. Yarmosky, Yarmosky & Ballinger


First Visit

New Patient Forms

Our office, as well as the The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Dental Association (ADA), and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) all recommend establishing a "Dental Home" for your child by one year of age.  Children who have a dental home are more likely to receive appropriate preventive and routine oral health care.

Establishing a Dental Home for your child is an important step to insure comprehensive and preventive dental care and provide you and your child with a dental resource and a familiar environment for subsequent dental visits as opposed to your child’s first dental visit taking place in the emergency room.  At Yarmosky Pediatric Dentistry, as your child’s Dental Home, we are here for you…to answer your questions, to alleviate your concerns or to address dental emergencies.

At your first appointment you’ll meet many different members of our team. Each of us has a special responsibility designed to help you feel comfortable during your visit. During this first visit the doctor will review your child’s medical and dental history, gently examine your child’s teeth, oral tissues, and jaws and perform a thorough orthodontic evaluation.

The teeth will be cleaned and polished, followed by the application of a fluoride treatment which comes in lots of great flavors. We will talk to your child with easily understandable words, pictures and ideas so that your child will be motivated to take responsibility for a healthy smile.

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. 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.

Sometimes we suggest taking X-Rays of your child’s teeth.  The doctor, acting in accord with the guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, recommend X-rays only when necessary to protect your child’s dental health. For example, X-rays may be needed to diagnose tooth decay and abnormalities, or, they may be required for orthodontic treatment. We will discuss the need for X-rays before they are taken.

We invite you to stay with your child during the initial examination. During future appointments, we suggest you allow your child to accompany our staff through the dental experience. We can usually establish a closer rapport with your child when you are not present. Our purpose is to gain your child's confidence and overcome apprehension. However, if you choose, you are more than welcome to accompany your child to the treatment room. For the safety and privacy of all patients, other children who are not being treated should remain in the reception room with a supervising adult.

In order to make your child’s dental experience a fun one, we like to “reward” your child with stickers and prizes to thank them for “being such good helpers!!”  Our little tokens of our appreciation to your child increase your child’s acceptance of the dental experience, make them feel proud of themselves and make them look forward to the next visit.  We also include a new toothbrush, floss and toothpaste at each cleaning and dental wellness appointment and a Yarmosky Pediatric Dentistry T-Shirt for all our new patients.

New Patient Forms

For your convenience prior to visiting our office, please click on the link below to print the necessary New Patient Forms, complete the information and bring them with you to your first visit.


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