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A child’s first experience at the dentist can have a significant impact in their long term outlook toward oral care. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children first be seen by a dentist with the eruption of their first teeth.

Pediatric Dentists receive at least two additional years of training beyond dental school to make them uniquely trained to care for a child’s developing teeth. The staff and environment of a pediatric dental office is focused solely on the unique needs of children and their oral care.

The first dental appointment is generally a brief appointment where the dentist will check for tooth decay and examine the child’s bite and look for any potential problems with developing teeth, gums, jaw and oral tissues. A hygienist will clean teeth and apply fluoride if indicated. During this visit the hygienist and/or dentist will also talk about oral hygiene at home and discuss proper nutrition and any foods that may contribute to tooth decay, such as going to sleep with a bottle of milk.

The Pediatric Dentists, hygienists and front desk staff at Pediatric Dental Associates of Randolph have a long standing reputation of excellence and are committed to making your child’s first visit and everyone there after a positive experience. They believe that starting dental care with the eruption of the first baby teeth is so vital that they offer free exams for all children under the age of two. Additionally they are happy to answer any questions in advance of your appointment and welcome you to bring your child in to get comfortable in the office prior to their first appointment.

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.

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