Drs. Perlman & Koidin, P.C.

(781) 599-2900
77 Broad Street
Lynn, MA 01902

First Dental Visit

Dr. Koidin uses a stuffed dinosaur to teach a new patient about brushing their teeth.According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the Academy of Pediatrics, children should visit the dentist by their first birthday. It is important that your child's newly erupted teeth (typically at 6-12 months of age) receive proper dental care and benefit from oral hygiene habits right from the beginning. We are always happy to evaluate children of ANY age with any concerns raised by parents, physicians, and/or other health care providers.

It is very important that your child's first visit be as positive and enjoyable as possible. We want your child to enjoy getting to know Dr. Mike and Dr. Steve and our experienced staff and be comfortable at all times with dental procedures. Children should not have a fear of the dentist, but they can fear the unknown. A pleasant, comfortable first visit builds trust and helps put the child at ease for a lifetime of dental care.

The first visit for a child under the age of 2 is comprehensive. We focus on getting to know your child and will provide you with some basic information about dental care. We will perform an initial examination of the teeth, gums and mouth and answer any questions you have about how to care for your child’s teeth as they develop. After we perform the initial examination, if indicated, they will receive a prophylaxis (cleaning) and a fluoride application. If necessary, x-rays will be taken. Parents or guardians should check with their primary care physician if the patient has a medical condition that requires pre-medication (antibiotics) for dental procedures.

Parents should not over-emphasize the first visit and refrain from using any words that could cause unnecessary fear or anxiety, such as “won’t hurt,” “needle” or “drill.” We are experienced in treating children with anxiety and can explain procedures in a positive and pleasant manner to avoid any anxious or negative feelings toward dentistry.

We are always available to answer any of your questions about your child's care. When treatment has been completed, you will be scheduled for periodic recall (hygiene) visits (usually every six months after the age of two). At subsequent recall visits, a prophylaxis (cleaning), examination and fluoride application will be performed.

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