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We follow the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and American Academy of Pediatrics, recommendations which state that a child’s first visit to the dentist should occur when the first baby teeth appear or by their first birthday. Our goal is to establish a Dental Home for your child, an ongoing relationship between our pediatric dentist and your child, allowing care to be delivered in a comprehensive, continuously accessible, coordinated and family-centered way. 

During this visit, our dentist and hygienist will discuss teeth eruption patterns, oral hygiene, fluoride recommendations, nutrition and diet, any habit (pacifier, thumb sucking, etc.), dental sealants and interceptive orthodontics.  We will also plan a re-care schedule to fit your child’s needs. Children will receive a thorough examination, digital images (x-rays) if needed, cleaning and a fluoride treatment. The first visit is a great time for you and your child to explore our office.  We encourage parents to accompany their children back for the initial visit.  Our staff will review the health history form and discuss proper tooth brushing technique, diet, and other age-appropriate information.

Our staff is trained to make your child’s first visit a positive experience. Please do not be upset if your child cries. Children are often afraid of anything new and different, and crying is a normal reaction to fear of the unknown. Some children may be fearful, but once a child becomes familiar with our friendly staff and the new surroundings, the fear disappears. To prepare your child for the visit, be positive in your approach and allow us explain to your child what will happen during the appointment.

Before the visit, we encourage you to talk with your child about his or her visit in an age-appropriate, positive manner.  Parental attitudes toward the dentist play a significant role in how children view the dentist.  Children are skillful at reading mom and dad, if you are anxious there is a good chance they will pick up on it.  Please do your best to remain calm and upbeat about your child’s visit.  Explain that we will count their teeth and maybe take some pictures.  Please avoid using words that may suggest unpleasantness.  All procedures will be explained in a manner in which kids can understand.  We treat all children as if they were our own.

Children’s books, such as The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist and Show Me Your Smile!: A Visit to the Dentist (Dora the Explorer) are a great way to prepare your child for their visit.   

For your convenience prior to visiting our office, please click on the link below to print the New Patient Forms, complete the information and bring it with you to your first visit.  

As Chief of Pediatric Dentistry at Morristown Medical Center and as a Pediatric Dentist practicing in Randolph for over 25 years, I get asked a lot of questions from parents who want to make sure they are doing everything to help take proper care of their children’s teeth.  Recently I appeared with Marissa Brahney on News 12’s Mom’s Minute segment answering these frequently asked questions. 

When should I first take my child to see a dentist?

This is one of the most frequent questions I get asked.  Parents are often surprised to learn that both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry both recommend that children first see a dentist with the eruption of the first baby tooth.  This is to make sure that there are no underlying issues and that the teeth are coming in properly.  At Pediatric Dental Associates of Randolph we try to make this process easy for new parents by offering free exams to all children under the age of two. 

What is the difference is between a Pediatric Dentist and a General Dentist?

A lot of people aren’t aware that Pediatric Dentists have an additional two years of training beyond that of a General Dentist.  This additional training is focused on the specific needs of working with children including developmental issues, special needs patients, pediatric dental trauma, pediatric sedation and how to recognize developing orthodontic problems.   Pediatric Dental offices like ours are also geared to be more welcoming to children.  Our office is brightly colored and decorated to appeal to children, we have a fish tank and TV’s playing children’s programming and our staff and hygienists are thoroughly experienced in accommodating the needs of children of all ages and abilities. 

Why do you need to fix decay in a baby tooth if it will fall out anyway?

Baby teeth have a very important role.  They are the place holders for the adult teeth that are forming below the gum line.  Baby teeth not only help a child with language development and are vital to eating but they also help to ensure that a child’s mouth will grow properly while maintaining space for the adult teeth that will follow. 

What are dental sealants?

Sealants are beneficial in preventing dental caries on premolars and molar teeth on children and adults.  A dental sealant is a protective barrier placed in the pits and fissures of teeth.  They seal out food and bacteria which can result in cavities.  Sealants can reduce the incidence of cavities 86% the first year and up to 58% after 4 years.   Most dental insurances cover the cost of sealants in children, sealants do not hurt and children are able to eat after the procedure.

If you have a pediatric dental question that was not answered here please feel free to call Pediatric Dental Associates of Randolph at 973-989-7970 and I will be happy to discuss any concerns you may have. 

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