The Importance of Starting Early

  A child's first visit to the pediatric dentist should occur at about one year of age. We can then provide you with information about normal dental development, proper home care, a fluoride regimen and counseling regarding diet, pacifier, and bottle habits. Cavities are an infectious disease and we we’ll share with you the most reliable scientific information and current strategies for prevention.

  The child's first full visit for cleaning, fluoride treatment, and examination should occur at approximately 1 1/2 to 2 years of age; generally when they have all twenty of their primary teeth.

What to Expect

(Before your first appointment, be sure to complete the Registration and History Form we’ve included here.)

  Parents should play an active role in maintaining the dental health of their child. We request that a parent be present at the first dental visit. For certain procedures, your child  may do better if you remain in the reception area. These are rare occurrences but we want the best treatment outcomes for your child and hope that you will trust us in these situations.

  The introductory visit generally includes a thorough oral examination, cleaning, and topical fluoride treatment. If necessary, dental x-rays may be requested.  We’ll provide guidance on  a program of age appropriate home care, including brushing, flossing, and fluoride therapy. We’ll also discuss and recommend controlled intake of dietary sweets and snacking .

  If treatment is indicated we will develop a written plan and go over it with you in detail, explaining our findings and recommendations.


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Monday - Friday 8 to 5

2301 Ocean Avenue

San Francisco CA 94127


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  2. Any time during the course of your child's treatment if you have questions regarding treatment, service or fee, ask Dr. Rothman or our office staff. Some aspects of dentistry are quite technical and we want to make every effort to avoid a misunderstanding, correct a mistake, or preserve a friendship.