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We know that children need very special care. No one is born with an innate fear of the dentist office, but it is not unusual for children to have a fear of the unknown. That’s why our team goes above and beyond to provide your children with a safe and comfortable environment where they can experience a positive dental visit.

We have created a department especially for kids. Our Camp Kellogg playhouse with big stuffed bears and tree slide starts the process of our office becoming your children’s dental home. We treat all ages, too, so the younger kids can watch their mom, dad, or older siblings have fun and enjoy their visits. Kids see, do, and become a pro. That’s how we do it at Crystal River Family Dentistry!

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, your child should visit the dentist no later than their first birthday, most preferably at age 6 months. Crystal River Family Dentistry offers expertise and specialized care for any dental care needs for all ages from six months old to adult. By bringing your child to the dentist at an early age, your child can benefit from proper oral hygiene habits right away. You’ll also avoid more costly and sometimes painful dental procedures that may arise down the road.

Reports indicate dental decay is most prevalent from ages 0-2. That’s why we like to see kids as soon as their teeth come in. We have found our best relationships and happiest patients are the kids who have started early. We know that if kids wait, the probability of hearing stories from schoolmates and older siblings about fake or perceived bad experiences at their old dentist goes way up. We want to prove ourselves early and put your child in the best hands to make their dental experience an amazing one that will last a lifetime!

During your child’s first visit to Crystal River Family Dentistry you should expect your Crystal River Family Dentistry doctor to review your child’s history and answer any of your questions/concerns. Our team will discuss your child’s overall health at this visit including their development, teething, bite, gums and cheeks, and any oral habits like sucking. You will go over any potential risk factors that could lead to cavities or decay. The team will show you how to properly clean your child’s teeth and give you advice on home oral care, including what toothpaste to use. During this visit you will learn what to expect as your child grows and more of their teeth start to emerge.

Before you leave, your dentist will suggest a schedule for follow-up appointments. You should have a clear idea of your child’s oral development, what your responsibilities are, what the follow-up care routine with your dentist will be, and what the chances are of your child having any oral health problems like cavities or bite. After your child’s visit they will receive a prize coin for our toy treasure machine. We also have a chance for drawings for our No Cavity Bear give away if your child has a decay-free visit. That’s our gift to you, mom and dad, for a job well done! We also like to reward our No Cavity Kids with their picture on our ‘No Cavity Club’ board.

Children should visit the dentist every six months for routine dental cleanings and checkups. Call Crystal River Family Dentistry at 352-794-6139 today to schedule your child’s next appointment!

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