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Irvin B. Sherman, DDS, MScD
Infants   •   Children   •   Teenagers   •   Special Needs

First Visit

Kids on the Shoreline - Pediatric Dentist & Orthodontics - Avon by the Sea, Bradley Beach & Belmar, NJOur office, as well as the The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Dental Association (ADA), and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) all recommend establishing a "Dental Home" for your child by one year of age. Children who have a dental home are more likely to receive appropriate preventive and routine oral health care.

The Dental Home is intended to provide a place other than the Emergency Room for parents.

You can make the first visit to the dentist enjoyable and positive. If old enough, your child should be informed of the visit and told that the dentist and their staff will explain all procedures and answer any questions. The less to-do concerning the visit, the better.

It is best if you refrain from using words around your child that might cause unnecessary fear, such as "needle", "shot", "pull", "drill" or "hurt". The office makes a practice of using words that convey the same message, but are pleasant and non-frightening to the child.

We invite you to stay with your child during the initial examination. During future appointments, we suggest you allow your child to accompany our staff through the dental experience. We can usually establish a closer rapport with your child when you are not present. Our purpose is to gain your child's confidence and overcome apprehension. However, if you choose, you are more than welcome to accompany your child to the treatment room. For the safety and privacy of all patients, other children who are not being treated should remain in the reception room with a supervising adult.

Vision Statement

Our practice will be known in the community for offering exceptional Pediatric Dental and Orthodontic Care.

Our practice is a place where our patients and parents get the time and attention they deserve and expect.  It will be a place where our patients know us and we know them.

Our practice will always welcome infants, children, teens and the special needs patient.  We will be empathetic and understanding to both parents and children who need a "special dental home" for their dental and orthodontic care.

Our practice will continue to maintain our office building in a way that is visually appealing, professional, clean and safe for our patients.

Our practice will continue to offer the most up-to-date and clinically successful techniques in pediatric dentistry and orthodontics, while at the same are cost effective to the families we treat.

Our practice will be a great place to work.  We will always have a positive attitude and greet our patients and parents with a smile.

Our practice will enable us to feel good about our lives and all the positive things that we will and can do for our patients and ourselves.

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