I brought my 20 month old for his first dentist appointment a month ago. Found Dr. Smutka after doing two days of online reviews and seeing all these posts on this site. Office summary: Kid-friendly waiting area, nice staff. Dr. Smutka and his staff are very into preventive dentistry. I went in thinking, "Give the kid a toothbrush and let him pretend to brush". They told me to let him do some brushing but to finish it up for him, even if he's not happy with the process. I was hesitant as I didn't want him to have bad associations with brushing but Dr and assistant were firm on having me hold him or have him lie on a bed and have me do a thorough brushing whether he liked it or not. In their words, "It's like changing diapers - they may not like it but you wouldn't let him sit in a dirty dipaer. You do it because it has to be done". Fast forward one month later. My son has gotten used to the idea of two brushings a day from me (I let him do his own after). He still doesn't like it but at least I know that he has a lower chance of getting cavities before his next visit. I like this guy. He is so not Dr. Sears in his philosophy but that can be good. Listen to him and take your kids there.