Dental Health for Life
It All Starts with a First Visit
At Kingstowne Dental Specialists, we focus on pediatric dentistry and orthodontic care, and we take an informative, patient-centered approach to every appointment. Kingstowne pediatric dentist Dr. Courtney communicates every step of the process in a way your child will understand and appreciate, and she makes every visit fun for children of all ages.
What To Expect
During Your Child’s First Visit
The details of your child’s visit will depend on their age and stage of dental health. If your child is very young and does not yet have most of their baby teeth, Dr. Courtney will perform a comprehensive oral exam and clean any teeth that have erupted. Then, she’ll discuss your child’s oral development and health, and answer any questions you may have about caring for your child’s mouth. If your child is older and has most or all of their baby teeth, we’ll conduct a comprehensive oral exam and teeth cleaning, and we may also recommend x-rays, if necessary.
Booking Your Child’s First Visit
When to Schedule an Appointment
We recommend that you bring your child in for a visit with Dr. Courtney as soon as their first tooth erupts or when they turn 12 months old, whichever comes first. Seeing the dentist from a very young age helps your child get used to the process of a dental appointment and decreases the risk that they will develop dental anxiety in the future.
Protecting Your Child’s Oral Health
Why Fix Baby Teeth?
Even though your child’s baby teeth will eventually fall out, issues like cavities in baby teeth should still be addressed. Baby teeth form the pathway through which the permanent teeth will erupt, and if your child loses a tooth due to decay, their oral development can be negatively impacted. If you think your child may have a cavity, we will treat any damage with gentle, minimally-invasive care to get little teeth back to health.
Finding a Dental Home
The Doctor/Patient Relationship
Seeing Dr. Courtney regularly from a young age will help our team become more familiar with your child and their unique dental needs. In turn, this leads to better overall care, the ability to track your child’s oral development over time, and a lower risk of dental anxiety in the future. We’re a relationship-based practice, and we treat every patient as a part of our own family.