When your kids get to be about three, it's time for their first visit to the dentist. After recently attending an Open House (pictured left) for Dr. Clint Worton's new practice , Kirkland Children's Dentistry, we decided to give it a try with our twin daughters. The girls are very shy and had never been to the dentist before, so I didn't set my hopes too high that we'd get through an entire appointment seamlessly. As a mother of three, I try to keep things simple so that I can keep a handle on my sanity. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. On this particular day I was in luck.
The office is conveniently located at 620 Kirkland Way (Suite 102) which is right near the post office and Kirkland Park Place. Our appt was at 8am and we had no problems finding a parking spot right outside the door so I could easily shuffle my whole crew in. Inside, everything is new and contemporary right down to the little toddler-sized waiting room equipped with Nemo on the flat panel TV and toys to play with. It was pretty nice because we had the whole place to ourselves and never felt rushed- everyone was focused on making sure that the girls had a positive experience.
First, they let Shandi (pic right) the dental assistant brush and floss their teeth. They got to watch in the mirror and stand on a little step that makes the sinks just their size. She has a great and easy-going way with kids. Not to mention a goody bag full of floss, toothbrushes and stickers which put Shandi in their good graces instantly. She cleaned their teeth and gave them a fluoride treatment with no problem, explaining each item, sound and taste in a manner that children can understand. Dr. Worton was very approachable and the girls were proud to let him inspect their freshly sparkled teeth. He even helped keep one sister (and little brother) at ease while the other was in the chair.
Dr. Clint Worton has been in practice for six years before recently going out on his own. He attended the University of TX San Antonio Dental School and then completed his specialty training in pediatrics at Children's Hospital in Cincinnati. His focus is on preventative care and he prides himself on open communication and parent involvement in decisions. Dr. Worton's partner, Dr. Darin Vierra is an orthodontist which I know my kids will be needing to see eventually, so it's a convenient teaming for parents too.
Office hours are Mondays 8-5, Tues & Weds 7-4 and they can be reached at 425-822-2500. If you are looking for a pediatric dentist, Dr. Worton is more than happy to do a 'meet & greet' with you so you can get to know him, check out the office and ask any questions that you may have. He's also available to do presentations or have school field trips to his office to help educate children about oral health. Happy brushing! ~Janis