Martha Ann Keels, DDS, PhD
Dylan S. Hamilton, DMD, MS
Erica A. Brecher, DMD, MS
Pediatric Dental Specialists
2711 N. Duke Street
Durham, NC 27704
Your First Visit
We believe that the first dental examination for a child should occur between the ages of 12 and 18 months. Early diagnosis and treatment (if necessary) can prevent later, more serious problems.
Goals: We want your child to graduate from our practice with a healthy dentition and a positive attitude toward dental care. A healthy dentition is free from decay, periodontal disease and malocclusion. The prevention of dental disease is a team effort, so don’t be surprised if we ask for your help at our office. We welcome parents to stay with their child for all appointments.
Before the first visit: Please discuss the positive aspects of dentistry with your child. Convey good feelings to your child about dental visits being a part of growing up. Explain that the dentist will look at and count all of his or her teeth. Please do not tell your child that the dentist will not hurt, as this may have never entered his or her mind. Rather, emphasize that the dentist will be gentle and friendly. Avoid using words like needle, drill, shot, pull or any other word suggesting unpleasantness. Expect your child to do well and enjoy the first visit to our office; chances are, they will.
The initial appointment has been reserved just for you. Any change in this appointment affects many patients. If you must cancel, we need to know at least 48 hours in advance. Please click here and complete the forms that we will need prior to your visit.
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Our mission is to provide the best comprehensive dental care for your infant, child and adolescent in a friendly, safe and state-of-the-art environment.
We want your child to develop a positive attitude toward dental health and learn the necessary skills to maintain a cavity-free smile for a lifetime.
As parents, we welcome you to stay with your child for all dental appointments. We encourage your involvement in your child’s dental care. We strive to educate you and your child about achieving and maintaining good oral health.
If a problem does develop, we will offer you all treatment options and work with you to determine the best treatment plan and most compassionate approach for your child.
We consider it a privilege to treat your child.
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