Your Child's First Visit to Staten Island Pediatric Dentistry

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), children should have their first dental visit around age one or within six months of their first tooth erupting.

Your child likely doesn't need much more than a quick look at their teeth, mouth, and lip, tongue, and cheek ties at this age. These early visits help your child adjust to the new environment of a dental office and give our dentists time to build rapport with your child before they might require treatment.  We also use this time to help you develop an age-appropriate oral care routine and tooth-friendly diet for your child.

Families are encouraged to consider these appointments an opportunity to discuss all of their questions and concerns. Our dental team is happy to discuss brushing and flossing, dietary needs, and habits like bottle feeding, pacifier use, and thumb sucking.

Here are some pointers for your first visit with us:

Things to Do:

  • It is best to try and schedule appointments outside of normal meal and nap times so you’re your child is rested.
  • Early morning visits tend to be some of the best times to make an appointment for a young child.
  • Setting good examples at home, such as brushing and flossing, can lead to good lifetime habits for your child. Let them watch you go through your oral health regimen. Many children want to be just like their parents and this is a great habit to copy. 
  • Be excited!  Talking about the upcoming appointment in a positive way will always help your child develop good feelings about visiting the dentist.

Things to Avoid:

  • Do not share any negative feelings about dentistry that you may have unfortunately developed.
  • Telling scary stories about trying dental experiences is also not recommended. Your child may think this will happen to them.
  • Try to avoid promising rewards for going to the dentist. We try hard to make this a positive experience for your child and offer take-away toys and the cavity-free club as a reward for good behavior.
  • It is best to avoid coming to the dentist when your child is not feeling 100%. You can easily reschedule your visit so that their experience is the best it can be.
  • Remember that for us to begin the visit, a parent or legal guardian is required to be present in our office. If you require special arrangements, please let our staff know and we will help you as best we can.

To schedule your first appointment, or learn more about to expect at your visit, please call Staten Island Pediatric Dentistry at (718) 761-7316.