New Patients

May we make the following suggestions to make your child's first visit to Dr. Ruby Gelman's office easier?

  • Tell your child that Dr. Gelman will be gentle and friendly and will count their teeth.

  • Please do not tell your child that the dentist will not hurt, as this may never have entered their mind. Please do not use words such as needle, shots, drill or other words suggesting unpleasantness.

  • Expect your child to do well and enjoy the first visit to our office and chances are they will!

The initial appointment is reserved specifically for your child. Any change in this appointment affects many patients. If a cancellation is unavoidable, please call the office at least 24 hours in advance so that we may give that time to another patient.

Please complete the health history form and bring it with you to the first appointment.

We will review the Health History Form with you at the first visit. At that time, you and your child will be introduced to our dental team.

Parents are welcome to accompany their child during their visit.  This gives you an opportunity to see us working with your child and allows Dr. Gelman to discuss dental findings and treatment needs directly with you.  While we are interacting with your child, please assume the role of a silent observer. If more than one person is talking, your child may become confused.  Siblings are encouraged to remain in the reception room.

Dr. Gelman will perform a head and neck examination and evaluate the health of the teeth and gums. Radiographs (x-rays) are taken only as Dr. Gelman feels they are necessary. If no treatment is needed, the teeth will be cleaned and a fluoride treatment will be discussed. Additional services will be scheduled for a later visit.

Please contact our office if you have questions regarding payment or dental insurance.

Dental Tips

Parents who raise babies in parts of the country where the drinking water is fluoridated, may think their child is getting enough fluoride to help make their enamel stronger (SIGMA) but are they really? How much drinking water do newborns and babies actually drink? Hint. Discuss this important topic with your dentist or a pedodontist. (A pedodontist is an expert in children's dentistry.) Have them speak with your pediatrician so that a program can be established to insure that your child gets enough fluoride into their developing teeth. Remember! The greatest benefit from fluoride occurs when the tooth buds are developing in their jaw bones; the benefit after the teeth erupt into their mouths is far less.
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