Dr. Dina with young boy for his first visit

Your Child’s First Visit at State Street Smiles

Establishing Trust From the start

Children should start seeing a dentist when their first tooth appears, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. This usually occurs between six months and your child’s first birthday. 

During their first visit, Dr. Eddie and our friendly staff have the opportunity to teach you how to properly care for your child’s smile. Too often, children visit the dentist at the age of three or four with large cavities that could have been prevented. Their first appointment is designed to get you better with our services and introduce your child to our State Street Smiles team.

We encourage questions and will always do our best to deliver quality care that’s trustworthy for even the youngest members of the family. Together, we’ll maintain your child’s teeth and gums for a lifetime of healthy smiles.

How to Schedule Your Child’s Visit

We make every effort to make your child’s dental experience a positive one. For that reason, it’s imperative for you to schedule their dental appointments appropriately. While we understand that it may be difficult to work around school and work schedules, there are many reasons why we schedule young children early in the day. 

Our staff will be happy to work with you to find a time that best fits your schedule and is most convenient for your child. To get started, give us a call at (201) 487-7030 or fill out a contact form located at the bottom of the page.

The Best Time to Bring Your Child

We find that young, or particularly anxious children, often have a better experience in the dental environment during the morning hours. At this time of day, children are well rested, refreshed and more cooperative. In the afternoon, children are often tired and cranky, putting us, and your child, at a disadvantage from the start. 

Some younger children also still need naps – we ask that you take this into consideration when scheduling appointments and try not to schedule their appointments during nap time.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I prepare for my child’s first dental visit?
When should my child start flossing?
Are fluoride drops necessary?
How often should my child see the dentist?
How can I prepare for my child’s first dental visit?

To prepare for your child’s first visit, there are a few things you can do to help make their appointment run smoothly. This includes:

  • Bring another adult to comfort your child while you’re speaking to the dentist
  • Leave other children at home to prevent possible distractions
  • Use positive words and phrases about dentistry to ease your child
  • Read children’s books on dentistry to make their first visit seem fun
When should my child start flossing?

Children should start flossing as soon as their primary (baby) teeth begin to touch each other, typically by the age of two or three. In the beginning, your child will need help flossing until they’re able to properly do it on their own, around the age of seven. Our State Street team will take the time to teach your child how to floss during their regular dental visit

Are fluoride drops necessary?

Mixing fluoride into a child’s tooth structure is an effective way to prevent tooth decay and help maintain a healthy smile. However, it’s crucial to test the amount of fluoride present and determine an appropriate dosage for your child. We strongly recommend checking in with your child’s pediatrician or our Hackensack dentist before giving your child fluoride.

How often should my child see the dentist?

Children should visit the dentist just as often as adults, every six months or twice a year. This allows us to help maintain healthy teeth and gums. Dr. Eddie may ask that you schedule more frequent check-ups depending on your child’s case. For instance, additional visits are typically recommended for children with crowded teeth, as they’re more likely to develop cavities.

Your Child is in Good Hands

Your child’s comfort and safety is our utmost priority. We’ll do everything we can to make sure their first visit is fun, educational, and comfortable. 

To learn more about pediatric dentistry, contact our Hackensack office at (201) 487-7030 or complete a contact form below. Our friendly staff is more than happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have. We look forward to meeting you and your little one!

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