First Visit

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Healthy Teeth Snack Guide
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New Patient Forms

"First visit by first birthday" sums it up. Your child should visit a pediatric dentist when the first tooth comes in, usually between 6 and 12 months of age. This visit will establish a dental home for your child. Early examination and preventive care will protect your child’s smile now and in the future.

Baby Teeth Are Important

Yes, they do fall out, but they have lots of purposes before they do. Things such as chewing, speech, and forming a path for adult teeth to follow are just a few. Baby teeth also encourage normal development of the jaw bones and muscles. Start visiting the dentist at age one! Baby teeth are important to your child’s present and future dental health.

Your initial visit at North Shore Pediatric Dental Associates will include a review of your child's medical and dental history, a thorough examination of your child's teeth and gums with instructions on maintaining good oral hygiene and recommendations on correcting existing dental problems.

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We will perform a cleaning with fluoride application (if appropriate) and take x-rays if necessary. We will discuss with you your child’s oral health and make any necessary treatment and/or home care recommendations. Our goal is to motivate your child to take responsibility for a bright, healthy smile.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends your child have a dental check-up at least every 6-months, more often if your child has unusual growth patterns, poor oral hygiene or a risk of early tooth decay.

You can help us make your child’s first visit a successful experience in a few ways. First, please feel at ease and relaxed, as any anxiety on your part will be transferred to your child. Secondly, we are very selective in our use of words. Please be supportive of our terminology and tell your child that we will count their teeth, show them how to brush and possibly take a picture. It is important that you avoid any mention of fear provoking terms such as hurt, drill, pull, and needle.

Be prepared to provide insurance and health information upon your first visit to our office. Our forms can be downloaded by clicking on the appropriate tab above.

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 they are able to give our staff one on one attention without parental/sibling distraction. 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.

We strive to make each and every visit to our office a fun one!

For your convenience please click on the link above to print the New Patient Health History Form, complete the information and bring it with you to your first visit.

First Dental Visit for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

In order to better prepare your child for their first office visit, it is important to show him/her what to expect when he/she goes to the dentist. Our office has created a step-by-step book with pictures, showing each step of the dental visit. This is a great resource for you to use to help familiarize your child with what to expect at his/her first visit. Please click the link to access our digital book.

To make the visit comfortable for your child, please bring any tools you feel may help your child during their visit, for example; weighted blankets, favorite toothpaste, phone/tablet, or headphones/noise cancelling headphones. To best prepare your child at home we suggest; practicing opening wide, counting teeth, and brushing his/her teeth with an electric toothbrush.

To best prepare our staff members to ensure your child has a positive experience ,please let our administrative staff know any details regarding your child’s needs, for example; your child’s level of communication, oral sensitivity, sound sensitivity, flavor sensitivity, or light sensitivity. If your child has difficulty at the pediatrician’s office please alert our staff. If this is your child’s first dental visit please let us know how well you feel your child will be able to sit in the dental chair. If this is not your child’s first visit please let us know any past difficulties they have had, so that we can best prepare for his/her visit and make the experience as comfortable as we can for him/her.

We are happy to evaluate your child’s dental needs. Each child is treated as an individual, and our ability to treat patients with ASD in our office is on a case by case basis. Safety and the best interest of your child are of our highest priority; therefore if we feel treatment in our office is not the best setting for your child, we may refer to a facility which is more appropriate for your child’s needs.

We look forward to meeting you at your next dental visit!

We strive to make each and every visit to our office a fun one!

Kids Zone

Motivational Charts

Your child will enjoy healthy dental habits when they use these Motivational Charts. Encourage regular brushing or help them break the thumbsucking habit.

Color Brushing Chart
Color Brushing Chart for Children

B&W Brushing Chart
Black and White Brushing Chart for Children

Breaking the Habit
Breaking the Habit for Kids

Add A Name
Blank Motivational Charts for Kids

Activity Sheets

Want something fun to do? Print one or all of the below Activity Sheets to see if you can conquer the Dental Crossword Puzzle, find all of the Hidden Toothbrushes, Unscramble the Dental Words, or find the Hidden Dental Words. We know you can do it!

Hidden Toothbrushes
Hidden Toothbrushes Activity Sheet

Good Diet Finder
Good Diet, Healthy Foods Activity Sheet

Ocean Maze
Ocean Maze Activity Sheet

Word Scramble
Unscramble the Dental Words Activity Sheet

Hidden Dental Words
Hidden Dental Words Activity Sheet

Dental Crossword Puzzle
Dental Crossword Puzzle Activity Sheet

EggSperiment Activity Sheet