The warm and friendly pediatric dentists at Dental Specialists Center are committed to helping infants, toddlers, school-aged children, and teenagers achieve optimal oral health. Our pediatric dentists are well-versed in the management and treatment of children’s developing teeth as well as child psychology. You can count on them to communicate with your child in a gentle, easy-to-understand manner and provide them with the care and guidance they need to enjoy healthy teeth and gums.
When Should Your Child See a Pediatric Dentist?
According to The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, children should see a pediatric dentist by their first birthday or when their first tooth comes in. While this may seem early, it’s important because a pediatric dentist can teach you how to properly clean your child’s teeth and make recommendations on oral care products.
They can also answer any questions you may have and check for dental problems such as tooth decay. After your child’s first dental appointment, you should take them to see a pediatric dentist every six months or twice a year.
What to Expect at Your Child’s First Pediatric Dental Appointment
Our pediatric dentists will make every effort to ensure your child’s first visit to the dentist is comfortable and enjoyable. Your child will remain on your lap while we examine their teeth and gums with a mirror. We will then check for proper oral and facial development and look for signs of tooth decay. Lastly, our pediatric dentists will discuss a variety of topics with you that relate to your child’s oral health. Some of these topics may include:
- Sippy cup and bottle usage
- Finger sucking and pacifier habits
- Dietary counseling
- Home hygiene technique
- Injury prevention
Benefits of Taking Your Child to a Pediatric Dentist
There are countless benefits of taking your child to a pediatric dentist on bi-annual basis. By doing so, you can:
- Ask questions about new or recurring issues.
- Find out whether your child is at risk for developing cavities.
- Learn how you can help your child stop finger-sucking and other unhealthy oral habits.
- Ensure your child receives preventative treatments.
- Understand how your child’s teeth and jaws are growing and developing.
- Discover how to encourage healthy oral habits at home.
Dental Specialists Center Looks Forward to Becoming Your Child’s Dental Home
Once you bring your child to our office, our pediatric dentists will take the time to get to know them and their unique needs. We’ll design a dental plan that will help them achieve a healthy smile that lasts for life. Call our North Texas pediatric dental office today at (817) 722-6065 to schedule an appointment for your child.