814 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10025

First Visit

First Visit

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At Sunshine Smiles, our team introduces children and their grown-ups to the world of dentistry in a friendly manner that is kiddo-approved and parent-appreciated. We are a relationship-based practice and treat every patient like a member of our own family. From the moment you walk through the door, we strive to make your child’s first visit fun, informative and filled with positive memories. With games in the waiting room, TVs in the exam rooms and prizes on the way out, your kiddo will have plenty of entertainment throughout. During the first visit, we will take the time to get to know you and your little one and answer any questions you may have so that you both feel comfortable in our care. Our dentist will evaluate your child’s dental health and check for any issues. We aim to create a dental home that children are excited to come back to every six months, which will lay the foundation for a lifetime of healthy, sunny smiles.

When should I schedule my child’s first visit?

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, your child first’s visit should be at one year of age or within six months from when their first tooth erupts (whichever comes first). Establishing early and frequent visits with a dentist can create a proper oral health care routine that can last a lifetime. 

How often should my child visit the dentist?

At Sunshine Smiles, we recommend Introducing your little one to dental appointments early and typically scheduling visits every six months. We may recommend a different frequency depending on your child’s specific health care needs. Routine appointments will get your child comfortable with the process and ensure that any dental health issues are caught early, which is key to reducing the need for complex treatment later. Creating a positive experience with the dentist early will also decrease the risk that your child will develop dental anxiety later in life.

How should I prepare for my child’s first visit?

Before your visit, it helps to talk with your child about dentistry in an uplifting way and to create excitement for their first visit. You can convey good feelings by using positive words like “fun”, “healthy”, and “clean.” Explain that the dentist will simply look at and count their teeth with a mirror and clean them with a special toothbrush. Emphasize that the dentist will be gentle and friendly. Expect that your child will do well and enjoy their visit and chances are, they will! 

Watch some videos

These videos can help your child prepare for their visit. Check them out! 

Fill out forms

Filling out your forms before your visit can make your experience even smoother! Our new patient paperwork is available through our secure online portal and and can be filled out electronically. Please click on the link below to access and complete the forms before your visit.