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A Kid’s First Dental Visit

Weston Dentist Dr Pyle Offers Advice for Your Child’s First Visit:

You want your child’s first visit to the dentist to be an enjoyable experience so that they will learn good dental habits, and not develop any fears about going to the dentist.

When is the best age for a young child to have their first visit with a dentist?

We recommend that by the time a child is toilet-trained and ready for pre-school, between 3 and 4 years of age, that they are also ready for their first dental appointment.This is a perfect age because the child is old enough to understand and perform the steps needed for good dental hygiene.

What happens during a child’s first dental visit?

We encourage parents to bring their child along on their own visits before scheduling one for their child. We’ve found this to help children grow more comfortable with the practice surroundings. Children often look forward to coming back when it’s “their turn.”If that’s not possible, then it helps if the child can “stop-in” to say Hi to the staff and Smiley the lion fish in our salt water aquarium before their actual appointment.This helps kids feel comfortable at the office.

During your child’s first dental appointment, the dental hygienist will gently clean and polish their teeth and Dr Pyle will perform an exam to insure that there are no current dental problems.We try to keep that first visit simple and fun.In fact we have a drawer full of stickers and small toys for your child to claim as their reward for each successful trip to our office.

What about other dental services for my child?

Our Weston dental office offers a full range of services for kids, and subsequent visits can include any needed fluoride treatments, sealants, fillings, CariFree cavity prevention, sports guards and digital x-rays.

Weston dentist Dr Pyle strives to put our youngest patients at ease during their first visit.

Diplomate of American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine

As a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM), Dr. Pyle is part of an elite group of dentists who have met the highest educational and experiential standards, possessing an in-depth level of knowledge in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea using oral appliance therapy.

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