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When should my child first see a dentist?

Child's First Dental Appointment | Elma NY Dentist Surprising to many parents, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry actually recommends a child first see a dentist when their first tooth comes in and no later than their first birthday. Dental visits early in a child's life will not only get them accustomed to being at a dental office, but will also help you as the parent learn about the best ways to care for your child's oral health.

If your child is young (under 36 months) when they first come to see us, we may do what is called a "lap exam". For a lap exam the child sits on your lap and leans back into Dr. Finney's lap for examination. She will check to make sure both the teeth and gums looks healthy and that there are no developmental abnormalities.

Dental Cleanings For Your Children

As your child grows older and more accustomed to being at our office we will provide cleanings, sealants, and any necessary x-rays. If we find any cavities in need of treatment, we can often take care of your child's needs right in our office, often with the help of laughing gas.

Cavities can occur as soon as the first tooth appears so it's important to know how to help clean your child's teeth and prevent early childhood cavities. Getting them acclimated will also lead to happy, healthy, and stress-free visits in the future. If your child is ready for their dental visit, give us a call and we will get your child scheduled for their first appointment.

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Dear patients, friends and family,

In light of recent events surrounding the Corona Virus/COVID-19 and the guidance of our national and state dental societies, we will be rescheduling all 6 month cleaning appointments and any elective dental treatment over the next few weeks.

We continue to be available for dental emergencies and are accessible via phone and email. We love our patients and are willing to do whatever we can for the sake of community health and well being, especially for those among us that could be most affected by infection.

At this time, we have NO known cases of COVID-19 among our staff. Dental offices are at extreme risk for propagation of the virus due to the large number of aerosols created during dental procedures, as well as the close proximity we are in to our patients. Therefore we will continue to adhering to the highest levels of infection control.

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