"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.
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 below.
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 below to print the New Patient Health History Form, complete the information and bring it with you to your first visit.