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What to Expect at Your Child’s First Dental Visit

If your child’s first dental visit is coming up, it is normal to be nervous, especially if you are not quite comfortable with dentists yourself. Yet the first visit is a wonderful time to build relationships and positive associations that will serve your child well throughout his/her entire life. We recognize how important that first visit is and will work hard to make it a success. Here is what to expect.

Baby Visit

If your child’s first dental visit is coming up, it is normal to be nervous, especially if you are not quite comfortable with dentists yourself. Yet the first visit is a wonderful time to build relationships and positive associations that will serve your child well throughout his/her entire life. We recognize how important that first visit is and will work hard to make it a success. Here is what to expect.

Meet and Greet

The first step is an office tour and meeting some of the staff. Your child will meet not only the dentist, but also the hygienist and office staff. These initial meetings help to foster long-term positive relationships.

Child-Friendly Education

Your child will get some kid-friendly education on nutrition, cavities, and overall dental health, using fun props. This is also a wonderful time for parents to ask whatever questions they might have.

Equipment Fun

It is important for your child to become familiar with dental equipment and its noises, so there is time to play with all the different tools and objects that are used in our office. Going through this process eliminates the fear of the unknown and helps your child associate being at the dentist with having a good time.

Basic Cleaning and Examination

When your child is ready, we will start by counting the teeth and then move on to an examination, prophylaxis ( cleaning ) with a flavored toothpaste, fluoride treatment ( with a flavored fluoride ) and possibly take some X Rays ( which we call “pictures”) if needed.  After the appointment is completed your child will get a goody bag with surprises and get to pick a present or two!

Please be aware that every child is an individual and different. They might not be ready for a cleaning during the first visit. In that case, we will cut the appointment short and accomplish what we can without upsetting your child. We are confident that with gentle positive reinforcement we can win over even the most hesitant child.

Ready to Get Started?

If you are ready to start your child on the road to excellent oral health contact “Dr. Jeff” Ginsberg, DMD, at 914-245-1670 to schedule your child’s first appointment.

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