Comprehensive Dental Care for the Entire Family in Harker Heights, TX
The earlier good oral hygiene starts, the longer these habits will last. One of the biggest favors you can do for your young child is to get them started with brushing, flossing, and regular check-ups.
Dr. Katende and the rest of our staff believe that making a child comfortable during a visit to the dentist begins the minute you walk through the door. Our waiting area has toys for them to play with and prizes like stickers to give them after a check-up.
We are also happy to help you educate your child by providing age-appropriate tips about the value of preventive dentistry. Not only does this help keep your child’s mouth healthy, but fewer cavities and other dental issues can keep your wallet healthy as well.
At Knights Family Dentistry, we offer family-block scheduling, which allows you to book multiple dental appointments in one day, either at the same time or back-to-back, to save your family trips to our office.
Frequently Asked Questions About Pediatric and Family Dental Care
When should I start taking my child to the dentist?
Since cavities can appear as soon as the first tooth comes it, it’s not uncommon for us to examine babies. Seeing patients at that early age also establishes a good historical record of their mouth and might help us anticipate any issues as your child matures.
If your baby’s first tooth has not come in by their first birthday, that could also be an issue. Don’t hesitate to make an appointment with us if you’re concerned about how your child’s teeth are developing.
How can I prepare my child for their first dental visit?
Children can feel your anxiety, so talking to them about what to expect in a calm and positive manner can make them feel comfortable. You can have them practice opening and closing their mouths, and rinsing with water, to get them used to what they’ll be asked to do during a check-up. We can also suggest age-appropriate books and videos about going to the dentist that you can share to help make them feel less anxious.
What’s involved in a kid’s check-up?
A dental exam includes examination of the teeth to ensure they are coming in properly and not causing any biting issues. We will also examine the jaw, gums, tongue, and roof of their mouth before cleaning the teeth, including applying a fluoride treatment. When they start getting their adult teeth, protective sealants may also become part of the cleaning process.
What if my child has a cavity?
Even though baby teeth eventually fall out, cavities should be filled in order to prevent further tooth decay or other issues. We typically try to fill the cavity during the same visit to save you from having to make a separate appointment.