Pediatric Dentistry is the branch of dentistry that specializes in the treatment of children from birth through adolescence. To become a board-certified pediatric dentist, you must take an extra two to three years of training beyond the normal dental degree.
This is one of the specialties recognized by the American Dental Association, and at South Texas Dental, besides our highly-trained, experienced general dentists, we also have pediatric dentists available at certain locations.
Aside from the special training they receive in dental care for children, they also receive training in child psychology. This is very important, even down to the designing of special offices that make children feel safe and comfortable. Pediatric dentists are also trained in how to communicate successfully with children, how to establish trust and in how to teach them (and their parents) proper dental habits. We work hard to make every South Texas Dental office a fun place for kids, and you can see the results as soon as you walk in the door. At any given time, we generally have several happy kids enjoying themselves in the separate children’s play areas we have in every office.
At South Texas Dental, we recommend bringing your child in starting around the age of six months. Studies show that poor oral health care in young children can lead to speech problems, poor performance in school and even an inability to socialize successfully with other children. Besides treating your child’s teeth, our children’s dentists will also give you advice on how to maintain good oral hygiene for your child between visits.
In younger children, our focus is on maintaining their baby teeth until they naturally fall out in favor of their permanent teeth. However, as the child becomes an adolescent and begins developing appearance and self-image issues, our focus expands to meet these additional cosmetic needs as well.
In some cases–for example, children with extensive cavities or those too young to be treated in a regular dental clinic–we’ll recommend treating your child in an actual operating room, rather than in one of our regular offices. We have pediatric dentists on staff who are thoroughly experienced in providing this kind of care. Rest assured, your child will be treated in the safety of a carefully chosen and fully accredited surgery center, and he or she will be asleep throughout the entire procedure.
At South Texas Dental, we want children to look forward to their dental visits, so every one of our offices has been designed to make children feel relaxed and comfortable, with a variety of fun activities available. Probably the highlight of every child’s visit is the elaborate play areas we have in every one of our offices. These are fun places where children can play alone on a variety of video games, or join in groups and have fun together. Our play areas and fun wall art are a great way to take their minds off the actual dental work. South Texas Dental gives children a very unthreatening environment, making our offices fun, inviting places for them.
We understand how potentially scary it is for children to undergo dental treatments, so we have a standing rule that a parent is always welcome to accompany their children in our treatment rooms. We have very caring children’s dentists, and it’s a common sight to see our youngest patients actually sitting in their mothers’ laps in our dental chairs.
We begin seeing children as young as 6 months old. We believe it’s important to give each child a good head start in developing healthy teeth and a beautiful smile. Plus we also help educate their parents in proper oral health care practices at home, such as advising them not to let their children fall asleep with a milk or juice bottle, how to use a pacifier properly, how to handle thumb-sucking, and more.
We provide pediatric dentistry for our younger patients in the following cities and surrounding areas: