Establishing good oral health habits begins early. We spoke with Dr. Minerva Patel, a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist with 17 years experience, to learn about her practice and laying the foundation for good oral health in babies.
How do I know that it is time to take my baby to the dentist for his/her first exam?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a visit to the dentist no later than six months after a tooth has erupted. This is so that a dental home can be established and the parents have a trusted source for information that may include prevention and growth and developmental issues.
What can I expect when I bring my baby to the dentist for the first time?
What is the difference between a family dentist and a pediatric dentist? Why should I bring my baby to a pediatric dentist?
What makes your practice unique?
Dr. Minerva Patel is a private practice Board Certified Pediatric Dentist practicing in White Plains, NY. She earned her degree in dentistry from New York University and is an active member of the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Patel also organizes and presents continuing education classes for her dental colleagues. Information on Dr. Patel’s practice can be found here.