Gentle Dental of Collingdale
14-20 MacDade Boulevard, Suite A, Collingdale, PA 19023

Your One-Year-Old Child’s First Visit to a Kids Dentist


Pediatric dentists play a critical role in maximizing oral health for infants and children. Pediatricians and dental professionals agree that every child should see a dentist by the time he or she is one year old. Tooth decay has reached epidemic proportions in American children. One out of every four kids has at least one cavity by his or her fourth birthday, and many develop them earlier. To prevent early cavities and tooth loss, you need to schedule a professional dental exam; your child’s dentist can then determine the risk of decay. Besides assessing risk, the first visit will include advice about issues like dental hygiene, thumb sucking, teething pain, and the effects of diet on your child’s teeth.

Your Kid’s First Visit to the Dentist

When looking for pediatric dentists who are child-friendly, knowledgeable, responsive, and patient with small children, be sure the kids dentist answers all of your questions clearly, and focuses on your child’s specific dental care needs. A good dental clinic will offer emergency contact information, give detailed follow-up instructions, tell you what will occur next in your child’s dental development, and promote preventative care. To save time, ask the office to mail you any forms you’ll need to fill out for the initial visit. When the big day arrives, bring along your child’s favorite toy or another object that will bring comfort and ease fears.

What to Expect 
at the Initial Dental Exam

During the initial consultation, pediatric dentists address oral health for infants and children by reviewing their dental and medical histories, discussing health issues that will likely occur in the future, and responding to parent questions and concerns. Your kids dentist will probably examine your child’s mouth manually while you are holding him or her in your lap. During the visit, you’ll learn how to clean your child’s teeth properly. The dentist may also perform a dental cleaning, especially if your child’s teeth are stained. If it appears that your child is at higher risk for cavities, your dentist will discuss preventative treatments and follow-up care. Working together with a kids dentist, you can give your child the best chances of having a healthy smile for life.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Collingdale, call Gentle Dental of Collingdale today at (484) 427-4663 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Collingdale. With 14 affiliated practices in the Greater Philadelphia area, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental of Collingdale, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Gentle Dental of Collingdale.

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Patient Reviews
My husband and I have been going to Gentle Dental for several years. Everyone treats us well. They are such nice, professional people.
Rose F.
Friendly and professional people there…Fast service….
Shelley K.
Had Dr. Au, super friendly and skilled. The staff were friendly and even laughed at my lame jokes. All in all just super stoked about the work I got done.
Bruce J.
Everyone there are really nice and respective
Christina R.
I like going to gentle dental because everyone is friendly
Jadyn G.
The Dentist and staff are professional, knowledgeable and kind. I admit to having moderate to high levels of anxiety when visiting the Dentist. My past experiences in Dental offices have been […]
Shannone N.
Location and level of care
Aaliyah F.
Staff courteous and pleasant
Annmarie M.
Thank you Gentle Dental of Collingdale for stepping up for kids for Give Kids A Smile week! Thank you for helping make sure that all children can get good oral health care to stay healthy!!
Colleen M.
The Hygienist, Toni, always makes me feel comfortable when getting dental work and is up front with what I need to do to preserve my teeth. The reception staff, don’t remember her name, was helpful […]
Tonya J.
I had a great experience at Gentle Dental. I did not have any insurance and Melissa offered me a 49.00 special. She was awesome very caring and helpful.
Foday M.
The dentist and assisatant were very friendly and made sure I was comfortable before doing my fillings.
Michelle C.
Although it was my first time at Gentle Dental, I was out in a reasonable amount of time. The atmosphere is calming. The doctor, hygienist, and the dental assistant, are gentle. I gave them ten […]
Myrtel N.
The staff always makes my daughter feel at ease and she is a tough customer sometimes.
Gabarialla C.
Staff is always courteous and works diligently
Annmarie M.
Dentist I had very caring and wants patient to be happy with her service. she’s a great dentist. also the tech that made my impressions for my top plate was fabulous, very conscious and friendly […]
Dolores K.
Everyone is very friendly, knowledgeable and review everything to ensure understanding.
Tamara S.
The staff is always friendly and professional. My whole family goes here and I recommend them to all who need a dentist.
Lailah B.
Customer-friendly, very straightforward, and very reliable
Kareem T.
I love the staff there!
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We accept most insurance plans and will be happy to help you understand the coverage that you have. We will do our best to see that you receive your maximum insurance benefits for all covered services.

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Office Hours
  • Monday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Saturday 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Sunday Closed
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  • Phone: (484) 427-4663
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