Children's Dentistry Pasadena Texas
2907 Strawberry Rd
Pasadena, TX 77502
Hours of Operation
Monday - Thursday : 8:00am - 4:30pm
Friday : 8:00am - 2:30pm
Most traditional insurance plans, PPO and Medicaid accepted.
What is a pediatric dentist?
A pediatric dentist has an extra two to three years of specialized training. They are dedicated to the oral health of children from the stages of infancy through the teenage years.
When should my child have his or her first dental visit?
"First visit by first birthday" sums it up. We recommend you bring your child for his or her first dental visit between the ages of six months and three years.
What is "baby bottle tooth decay?"
One serious form of decay among young children is baby bottle tooth decay. This condition is caused by frequent and prolonged exposure of an infant's teeth to liquids that contain sugar. Among these liquids are milk (including breast milk), formula, fruit juice and other sweetened drinks.
Putting a baby to bed with a bottle filled with something other than water can cause serious and rapid tooth decay. Sweet liquid pools around the child's teeth giving plaque bacteria an opportunity to produce acids that attack tooth enamel. If you must give the baby a bottle as a comforter at bedtime, it should contain only water. If your child won't fall asleep without the bottle and their usual beverage, gradually dilute the bottle's contents with water over a period of two to three weeks.
Why are primary teeth so important?
It is very important to maintain the health of the primary teeth as neglected cavities can cause dental issues that affect developing permanent teeth.
What are dental radiographs?
Dental radiographs (also known as “x-rays”) are a vital and necessary part of your child's dental diagnostic process. Without them, certain dental conditions can be missed causing future health issues. There is very little safety risk in dental X-rays and Pediatric dentists are especially careful to limit the amount of radiation to which children are exposed. Lead aprons and high-speed film are used to ensure safety and minimize the amount of radiation. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends dental radiographs and examinations every six months.
How do dental sealants work?
Sealants work by filling in the grooves on the chewing surfaces of the teeth. This shuts out food particles that could get caught in the teeth that cause cavities. The application is fast and comfortable and can effectively protect teeth for many years.
When will my baby start getting teeth?
Teething, the process of baby (primary) teeth coming through the gums into the mouth is variable among each baby. In general, the first baby teeth are typically the lower front (anterior) teeth and usually begin erupting between the ages of six and eight months.
What is the best toothpaste for my child?
Tooth brushing is one of the most important tasks for good oral health. However, many toothpastes and/or tooth polishes can damage young smiles. These toothpastes can contain harsh abrasives that wear away young tooth enamel. When looking for toothpaste for your child, make sure to pick one that is recommended by the American Dental Association. These recommended ADA toothpastes have undergone testing to ensure they are safe to use.
What do I do for a newborn's mouth?
Did you know that bacteria will enter your baby’s mouth the first time you kiss them or by testing the temperature of a bottle nipple or spoon with your lip or tongue? Bacteria can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. To help reduce the transfer of bacteria from mother or spouse to the baby, it is better not to test the temperature of formula with your mouth. Your baby will start drinking milk, either mother’s or formula, immediately and it is never too soon to keep your baby’s mouth clean. In fact, you should begin cleaning their mouth shortly after birth. Until the first tooth erupts, you should wipe the baby’s gum with a soft cloth, a cotton swab, or a gauze sponge. This helps to keep the baby’s gums clean and also gets the baby used to having their mouth cleaned. Do not use toothpaste until the child is old enough to spit it out.
Taking your child to the dentist at an early age is important because the dentist can show you how to care for your baby’s teeth, answer any questions you have and provide you with information on how to prevent dental disease.
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