Pediatric Dentist serving infants, children, and teens in Dona Ana County, including Las Cruces, El Paso,Radium Springs, Mesilla, Santo Tomas, Mesquite, San Miguel, La Mesa, Vado, Berino, Organ, NM, New Mexico.

Pediatric Dentist - First Visit


Pediatric dentist serving infants, children, and teens in Dona Ana County, including Las Cruces, El Paso,Radium Springs, Mesilla, Santo Tomas, Mesquite, San Miguel, La Mesa, Vado, Berino, Organ, NM, New Mexico and surrounding cities of New Mexico.Yes, your child should be seen for their first dental visit at the time the first tooth erupts, but not later than 12 months of age. These guidelines have been established by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. An early visit allows us the opportunity to check for any risk factors and help you establish a healthy routine for your child’s dental health. A recent ten year study by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) found that the only portions of our population with an increase in cavities are the 2-4 year olds.

We want to help you keep your child cavity free, but in the event that they do need treatment, it will be easier for them if they’ve already established a trusting relationship with our office. At the first visit we will spend our time with you and your child discussing tooth brushing and healthy food choices. We will review medical and dental history, provide a cleaning, fluoride treatment, complete a thorough exam and obtain x-rays if necessary. We will discuss any dietary habits, medications or other factors that may place them at higher risk for cavities. We will also verify that they are receiving the proper amount of fluoride in their drinking water.

For those children old enough to understand, they should be informed of the visit and told that the dentist and their staff will explain all the procedures and answer any questions. The less the to-dos concerning the visit the better. It is best if you refrain from using words around your child that might cause unnecessary fear, such as “needle”, “shot”, “pull”, “drill”, or “hurt”. Our office makes a practice of using words that convey the same message, but are pleasant and non-frightening to the child.

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Pediatric Dentist serving infants, children, and teens in Dona Ana County, including Las Cruces, El Paso, Radium Springs, Mesilla, Santo

Tomas, Mesquite, San Miguel, La Mesa, Vado, Berino, Organ and surrounding cities of New Mexico.

 

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