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What to Expect on your Child’s First Dental Visit

Little girl at dentist visitMany people think that a child’s baby teeth aren’t very important, since they will eventually be replaced by permanent teeth. However, they help your child chew and speak and also hold space in the jaw for his or her permanent teeth.

Baby teeth can also suffer from tooth decay, which can raise the risk of decay in permanent teeth. Tooth decay in children is fairly common because their teeth can be exposed to sugar from milk or juice more often and for longer periods of time. In cases of severe tooth decay, a child’s overall health may suffer.

 

When should you bring your child for his or her first dental visit?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association recommend that your child's first dental visit take place within six months of when you see his or her first tooth or no later than the child’s first birthday. This will help detect any early problems by correcting them before more damage occurs and also help to establish good oral hygiene habits.

 

What can you expect on your child’s first dental visit?

At Park View Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics in NYC, we want your child to have a relaxed, pleasant visit that will help put him or her at ease for future visits. It’s important to us that your child enjoys his or her visit to our office and remains comfortable at all times. Our office overlooks beautiful Central Park, and we’ve designed it to be bright, colorful, and filled with activities to help keep children happy and comfortable.

Our entire staff realizes that while technical skill is certainly important, making children feel at ease is also vital. We can explain treatment procedures without causing children unnecessary anxiety and will be happy to discuss any fears or anxiety with you or with them. In addition, we have extensive experience helping children with special needs feel safe and comfortable while receiving their dental care.

At the first visit, we’ll record information about your child’s dental and medical history. We’ll also conduct a comprehensive exam, including a check for any signs of decay or issues with your child’s bite. Our dentists will also look for any problems with the gums, jaw, and oral tissues.

Depending on your child’s age and particular needs, we may clean your child’s teeth and assess his or her need for fluoride. We’ll also discuss oral care basics with you, as well as topics such as teething and proper nutrition. We’re always happy to answer any questions you may have.

 

Where can I find the best pediatric dentist in NYC?

Park View Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics has led the gentle care movement for more than 25 years, providing the perfect balance of technical skill and compassionate, child-friendly care.

Our goal is to ensure that children look forward to coming to our office for dental care so they’ll get started in the best possible way for a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. From the moment you and your child enter our office, we'll make you both feel welcomed and at ease.

Park View Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics also offers cutting-edge technologies as well as sedation options that ensure that children remain comfortable. We perform many procedures in-office and can perform more complex procedures at nearby Northwell-Lenox Hill Hospital. In addition, our practice has an excellent reputation and has earned many glowing reviews from parents.

To make an appointment for your child’s first dental visit, contact Park View Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics in NYC today.

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