Harlingen Family Dentistry offers a new state-of-the-art Children’s Dental Clinic, devoted to the dental care of our youngest patients. The short video below is from the Grand Opening. Call us at 956-622-7991 for more information.
For many people, a first trip to the dentist can be intimidating. This can be especially true for children – and yet the right dental care for a child sets the foundation for a lifetime of good oral health.
We understand the needs of your children, and work to make sure their experience is good. Our gentle, kid-friendly staff and work areas are ideal for making your child’s trip to the dentist as pleasant as possible.
Start lifetime of dental health habits
Even at the youngest ages, the health of your child’s teeth is critical to proper nutrition, speech development, spacing within the mouth and overall health. Your child’s dentist is not only a doctor, but a trusted advisor and guide who helps both child and parents develop the foundation for a lifetime of oral health.
This relationship should start early. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that parents arrange a dental visit within six months after the child’s first tooth or by the first birthday. This forms a baseline for monitoring your child’s dental health, and continuing regular visits help detect the early detection of tooth care. The dentist can also provide invaluable advice about a plan of home health care—brushing, flossing and fluorides—finger, thumb and pacifier habits, injury prevention, diet counseling and growth and development.
Although primary—or baby—teeth will eventually be lost naturally, they are important for chewing (nutrition), speech and holding the space properly for the permanent teeth. Your child’s dentist maintains the health of these teeth, and reinforces the child’s learning of lifetime mouth care habits.
When the child reaches adolescence, the dentist can help meet their growing needs of appearance and self-image, as well as providing critical support for the permanent dental structure that’s now in place. The dentist will provide deep cleaning of the teeth, provide sealants, and address early signs of decay with fillings, if they become necessary.
From the earliest age through the childhood years, our pediatric dentistry staff offers a full range of support for both the child and the family, with an understanding, caring and gentle experience.
A young person’s growing teeth have deep pits and fissures that almost always collect food and bacteria. Because the pits are so deep often a toothbrush or even a dental pick cannot reach the trapped food and a cavity develops.
Sealants can fill the deep pits and reduce the chance of tooth cavities. They are placed without drilling, without a shot and in a single visit.
They are an easy cost effective way for children to have fewer cavities!