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kids-dentist-office-nycYour child’s first visit should be at 1 years of age. Dr. Shah will check the head, neck, gums, and teeth to ensure your child’s development is steady and healthy.

Bringing your child to the dentist at an early age has tremendous advantages in helping them become more self aware and comfortable with the environment. It also aids in recognizing a cavity in the earliest stage. If you only bring your child in for dental emergencies, the dentist can become a scary and unknown place. By bringing your child in as early as 12 months, and continually every 6 months, he or she will have “easier” visits. This will not only benefit in the relaxation of your child, but it will also make the experience an enjoyable one!

Dr. Shah realizes that parents know their children best. He will work with you closely to specialize and personalize your child’s dental experience. He also knows that sometimes parents may inadvertently reflect their own dental fears upon their child, or “scare” them to behave by using the dentist as someone who will cause them pain. He recommends that you try to refrain from this. To make your child’s experience optimal, there are a few key phrases or correlations that should not be used when describing the dentist, such as:

  • Never associate the dentist with pain.
  • Do not use words such as “pain”, “hurt”, “drill”, “needle”, or “pulling teeth”, as these words can trigger anxiety or fear.
  • Always use positive reinforcement and instill strength in your child.

Dr. Shah is skillful in managing children with dental anxiety, and can explain treatment procedures in a positive and pleasant manner to avoid any negative feelings toward dentistry and ease any apprehension.

He will evaluate your child’s head and neck area, as well as the surrounding structures. Also, Dr. Shah will record your child’s dental and medical history, complete a comprehensive examination, and discuss thoroughly any findings with you.

Dr. Shah is happy to answer any questions you may have, so please feel free to ask away!