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What to Expect at Your Child’s First Visit to Our Long Island Pediatric Dental Office

added on: February 20, 2014
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We really love getting to know the kids who come to our office. They, and their families,  become an important part of our lives – and we hope we become a big part of theirs – a part that helps keep them healthy and smiling for life!  That’s why, beginning with the very first visit, we take plenty of time to get to know each child and his or her specific and unique needs.

Getting to Know You

This starts with an introduction to and consultation with either Dr. Ehrenman or Dr. Khan and kids seem to really like that they get to talk to the doctor one-on-one. Our doctors know that connecting with kids and earning their trust starts with attention, time and praise. We also take time with parents so you can discuss your child’s dietary and other habits, ask questions, and share your concerns.

The Exam

After you have met with the doctor, it is time to count teeth, take intra-oral camera images, x-rays, and perform the oral exam. We use a tiny digital camera to explore every detail of your child’s mouth while projecting detailed, enlarged images on a chair-side screen. Kids love to see what their teeth look like magnified, and it is a great educational tool.

During our dental exams we will be evaluating:

  • Overall growth and health of your child.
  • Oral hygiene and gum health.
  • Soft tissues of the face and mouth, such as lips, cheeks, and gums.
  • Tooth health, including the risk for cavities.
  • Bone development.
  • Jaw joint movement.
  • Bite function and tooth alignment.

Parents are invited to stay with their children during the appointment.

Cleaning and Fluoride

Depending on your child’s needs and how he/she is reacting to the visit, we might perform a cleaning. We use the extra gentle and efficient Cavitron, an ultrasonic device designed to remove calculus and stains. After the cleaning, we generally apply fluoride. This treatment helps prevent tooth decay by making the tooth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque bacteria and sugars in the mouth.

Now all you need to do is pick your favorite toothbrush, choose a toy and schedule the next appointment! It’s a big first step on your child’s amazing journey to a lifetime of smiles!

For more information about your child’s first visit to our Long Island Pediatric Dental Office, give us a call today! We look forward to hearing from you.