Castle Pediatric Dentistry

First Dental Visit

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First Visit

Your Child's First Visit

Your Child's First Visit

The American Academy of Pediatrics, The American Dental Association, and The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry 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.

Prior to their appointment, tell your child that the dentist is a friendly doctor who will help their teeth stay healthy. Talk about the visit in a positive, age-appropriate way, as you would about any new experience. Avoid projecting any negative feelings you may have regarding a dental visit, being careful to avoid negative words. A visit to our office can be a very pleasant adventure for both you and your child.

The American Academy of Pediatrics, The American Dental Association, and The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry 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.

Prior to their appointment, tell your child that the dentist is a friendly doctor who will help their teeth stay healthy. Talk about the visit in a positive, age-appropriate way, as you would about any new experience. Avoid projecting any negative feelings you may have regarding a dental visit, being careful to avoid negative words. A visit to our office can be a very pleasant adventure for both you and your child.

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What To Expect

What To Expect

On the first visit, your child will be introduced to our dental team. Your child will be shown all the instruments the Doctor will use on the first visit (like our tiny mouth mirror and tooth counter). You and your child will also learn the importance of preventive home care skills to help your child’s teeth stay healthy and strong.

The Doctor will then gently examine your child’s teeth, gums and the remainder of the mouth. If your child is younger, we may have them sit in a parent’s lap facing the parent and have them lay back towards the dentist. We call this a “lap exam” and this can help the dentist do a thorough exam quickly.

On the first visit, your child will be introduced to our dental team. Your child will be shown all the instruments the Doctor will use on the first visit (like our tiny mouth mirror and tooth counter). You and your child will also learn the importance of preventive home care skills to help your child’s teeth stay healthy and strong.

The Doctor will then gently examine your child’s teeth, gums and the remainder of the mouth. If your child is younger, we may have them sit in a parent’s lap facing the parent and have them lay back towards the dentist. We call this a “lap exam” and this can help the dentist do a thorough exam quickly.

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At Your Child's Pace

At Your Child's Pace

At Castle Pediatric Dentistry, we recognize that all children are unique and have individual sensitivities. If your child is very apprehensive, we may skip certain aspects of an appointment. We want our patients to leave our office with a smile on their face. Pleasant visits and encouraging words from our team (as well as from caregivers) help a child establish trust and confidence that will last a lifetime.

A thorough cleaning of your child’s teeth will be completed, and a fluoride treatment will be offered. X-rays will only be taken if necessary. The x-rays help us to detect not only tooth decay but also the development of the permanent teeth. Dr. Keren will always review x-rays and findings with you. If your child requires dental treatment, additional appointments will be scheduled appropriately. Referrals are made to a local orthodontists and other dental specialists when necessary.

At Castle Pediatric Dentistry, we recognize that all children are unique and have individual sensitivities. If your child is very apprehensive, we may skip certain aspects of an appointment. We want our patients to leave our office with a smile on their face. Pleasant visits and encouraging words from our team (as well as from caregivers) help a child establish trust and confidence that will last a lifetime.

A thorough cleaning of your child’s teeth will be completed, and a fluoride treatment will be offered. X-rays will only be taken if necessary. The x-rays help us to detect not only tooth decay but also the development of the permanent teeth. Dr. Keren will always review x-rays and findings with you. If your child requires dental treatment, additional appointments will be scheduled appropriately. Referrals are made to a local orthodontists and other dental specialists when necessary.

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