Pediatric Dentistry of the North Shore

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First Visit

Your Child’s First Visit

The most common question we have regarding children is about what age they should start going to the dentist. We follow the guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry on when a child should first see a dentist. You should bring your child to see us when the first tooth comes through the gums or no later than their first birthday.

During the first dental visit, we will get to know your child and get him/her acquainted with the dental office. We also will evaluate the child’s dental health, as well as offer tips in good dental care for your child. Our goal is to have our youngest patients feel comfortable and happy about visiting the dentist!

What To Expect

For your child’s first visit to our office, we like to do a comprehensive examination. This includes looking at your child’s teeth along with the supporting structures of the gums. We will also address your child’s oral hygiene, as well as clean your child’s teeth. We will look at your child’s bite and will only take X-rays if necessary. This is the optimal time to ask questions about your child’s mouth and teeth.

Preparing For Your Child’s First Visit

Going to the dentist should be positive, and creating a memorable experience begins at home. Start by discussing the upcoming visit with your child to ease their mind. Make sure to let them know the dentist and team will explain each procedure and answer your child’s questions.

When discussing the dentist with your child, avoid using phrases that could create negative feelings such as needle, shot or drill. Our dental team uses words that have similar meanings, but are positive and won’t worry your child.

Appointment Expectations

  • Two days prior to appointments you will receive a reminder indicating the time, but not the location of your appointment.  If you are unsure which location you are scheduled, please call our office.
  • To limit the amount of people in the office, only the patient(s) being treated will be allowed with one accompanying parent/caregiver per family. Please, no other family members or friends!
  • We do not allow food or open drinks in the treatment area.
  • Please respect our staff and do not record videos while treatment is rendered.
  • Payment will be expected at time of service.
  • Our forms are now paperless and accessible here. To save time, we appreciate having them completed prior to appointments. Please read through the instructions to know which forms you need to complete.


Thank you for understanding and your cooperation, we are so grateful for every one of our patients and can’t wait to see everyone’s smiles! If you have any questions, please feel free to call our office.