Visits to the dentist can be scary for kids and parents, especially if they have had a difficult time before with other dentists. Dr. Shore and the entire staff at our Practice know how to work and interact with children to make the experience as quick and comfortable as possible.
We follow the guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry which recommends that a child be taken to the dentist once the first tooth appears in their mouth or by their first birthday. When children are younger than three years old, Dr. Shore will perform a visual examination of the teeth to look for decay, check the eruption pattern of the teeth, and talk with parents about establishing a healthy dental foundation.
Visits to the dentist for a young child are incredibly important, as it helps acclimate the child to a new environment, and helps them feel comfortable with the doctor and the office to ensure a healthy mouth in the future!
Protecting Your Child’s Molars
Dental sealants can be placed on a child’s first molars (6-year molars) as soon as they are fully erupted. This protects the tooth from bacteria and cavities. Sealants are an easy and inexpensive way to protect these very important teeth from cavities. The procedure to apply sealants to the four first molar teeth takes about one hour and does not require any injections or numbing of the teeth.