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What to expect on your 1st visit

"As always, we enjoyed the pleasant atmosphere and kind efficiency of the staff. Dr. Keller always spends plenty of time explaining what is going on with the kids and genuinely takes an interest in our family. Thanks again!"
~ Douglas H. (Customer Since 2002)

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When should my child first see the dentist?

“First visit by first birthday,” according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.  The age 1 dental visit lets parents discuss:

  • how to care for an infant’s or toddler’s mouth
  • appropriate use of fluoride for your child
  • oral habits, including finger and thumb sucking
  • ways to prevent oral and facial accidents and trauma
  • teething and developmental milestones
  • the relationship between diet and oral health

Typically, teeth cleaning & fluoride office visits start at about:

2 1/2 – 3 years old.  We strive to deliver the best dental care in a fun, friendly, relaxed atmosphere.  Each child is different and we understand this.  We will customize the appointment according to the child’s age, needs and level of cooperation.  To prepare your child for this visit, we recommend speaking in positive terms and avoid discussing any negative dental experiences or anxiety.  Also, children’s books about the dental visit are extremely useful to familiarize your child with what to expect.  You can also tell your child you will be with them during their dental visit.

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Tom Keller Pediatric Dentistry
500 Second Street
Encinitas, CA 92024

(760) 635-3478