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Taking your child to the dentist

While parents are often diligent about obtaining their regular cleanings and examinations at the dentist, they may be unsure as to how often their child needs to see a dentist. When should I start taking my child to the dentist? What can my child expect during their dental visit? How can I ensure they have a positive experience at the dental office? These are all common questions and valid concerns from many parents who call our practice in New York, NY. At Park View Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, our professionals can answer these questions and more during an initial consultation and evaluation appointment with Drs. Rima Parikh, Deborah Pilla, Megan Chin, Raya Abu-Zahra.

When should I start taking my child to the dentist?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, or the “AAPD,” recommends parents bring their children for their first dental appointment after the first tooth emerges from the gumline and no later than their first birthday.

What can my child expect during their dental visit?

We have a fun, friendly, and welcoming atmosphere for children, helping them feel at ease the minute they walk into our lobby. We encourage parents to talk to their children about what to expect during their appointment, including the cleaning and evaluation. Parents will also have time to speak to the dentist about any specific or unique concerns they may have about their child’s dental health.

How can I ensure they have a positive experience at the dental office?

It is important that parents choose their words wisely when describing the dental office to their child. It is essential that parents avoid negative words such as pain, discomfort, drills, noises, etc. Instead, talk about how the dentist will examine their teeth to make sure they are healthy and strong, and they will provide a cleaning just like children do at home!

Learn more about the pediatric dental services available at Park View Pediatric Dentistry

Families in the area of New York, NY are welcome to book an appointment for their child with one of our dentists, including Drs. Rima Parikh, Deborah Pilla, Megan Chin, Raya Abu-Zahra. We are located at 800A Fifth Avenue, Suite #303 and accept new pediatric patients at our state-of-the-art dental facility.

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