Educational Resources

What Is A Board-Certified Pediatric Dentist?

You shouldn’t have to settle for just any dentist when it comes to your child’s oral health. Board-Certified Pediatric Dentists must undergo extensive training and additional education after they graduate from dental school to become pediatric dental experts. Dr. Neelon Patel’s certification from the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry is her pinky promise to her little patients: she is committed to maintaining excellence in her practice and staying up-to-date with the latest advancements in dentistry to ensure every child that walks through her doors leaves with a smile.

Establishing A Dental Home For Your Child

It’s important to get your child used to going to the dentist and to taking care of their oral health as soon as possible, as it can help create positive associations with dental care. When you bring your child into our office regularly, it can make them more comfortable with our team, and also minimize their chances of developing dental anxieties that could prevent them from getting the care they need in the future. Establish a dental home for your little one here at Pinky Promise Pediatric Dentistry, and set them up for a lifetime of healthy smiles.

What To Expect At Your Child’s First Visit

First dental visits are a great way for your child to get to know us and become comfortable at our office. If your little one has special needs, or is extra fearful of going to the dentist, we can schedule a meet and greet, where their first visit is nothing more than an office tour, and a chance for them to temper their anxieties. Once they are comfortable, Dr. Neelon Patel will perform a comprehensive exam, while explaining what she’s doing in a way your child can understand. Then, depending on their age, we will perform a gentle cleaning, and then discuss any further treatment recommendations or provide guidance for at-home care with you.

What To Bring To Your Child’s Appointment

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Educational Videos

We find that children can learn valuable lessons from the content they watch, but finding something that’s both educational and able to hold your kiddo’s attention can be a challenge. To make things easier, we’ve curated a few of our favorite dental videos, so you don’t have to! Check out some of our picks below:

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Digital Forms

We offer electronic registration forms sent via text and email for ease and convenience. Completion of these forms are required within 48 hours of scheduling to secure reservation and to allow for Dr. Patel and her team to review it in preparation for your child's visit.

Jaiden & Zatie Visit the Dentist

Join Zatie and Jaiden as they visit Dr. Pinky Promise in Dr. Neelon Patel's new book, Jaiden & Zatie Visit the Dentist! Reading to your child about going to the dentist and taking care of their teeth will help them prepare for their visit, reduce anxiety about an unfamiliar situation, and boost their confidence.

This children's book was written from the heart and was inspired by Dr. Neelon Patel's everyday life as a mother, wife, and pediatric dentist. Since the illustrations are based on the real-life Pinky Promise office, sharing this book with your child is a great way to familiarize them with the office’s atmosphere, and to get them excited about going to the dentist. Dr. Neelon Patel wrote the book to reflect the way she explains things to kids, so every step and every instrument your child sees in the book are exactly what they’ll see during their appointment – all the way to the prize wall!


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