Central Texas Pediatric Dentistry
Pediatric Dentists & Special Needs Dentists located in Austin, TX
Regular pediatric dental checkups are a critical part of preventive dental care for your child. At Central Texas Pediatric Dentistry, in Austin, Texas, Steve Hernandez, DDS, and Angie Hernandez, DDS, provide gentle, comprehensive pediatric dental checkups. They have the training and experience to help your child feel confident while in the dentist’s chair. If your child is due for a dental checkup, call Central Texas Pediatric Dentistry to make an appointment today!
Pediatric Dental Checkup Q&A
What is a pediatric dental checkup?
Your child needs regular dental checkups to protect their teeth and dental development. Central Texas Pediatric Dentistry offers specialized checkups designed to help your child feel comfortable and confident about getting dental care.
During a dental checkup, the dentist not only checks your child’s teeth for signs of decay, but they monitor the development of your child’s teeth, jaw, and palate. They provide state-of-the-art digital X-rays as needed for a thorough exam. Central Texas Pediatric Dentistry also provides professional cleanings to remove the plaque that builds up even with the best at-home dental care.
The dentist takes time to answer your child’s questions and explain what they do to help your child feel confident. Their dentist also educates your child about why it’s essential to take care of their teeth and teaches them how to brush and floss effectively.
When should my child have pediatric dental checkups?
Your child should have their first dental checkup within six months of their first teeth erupting, or by their first birthday. Then your child should have checkups twice a year. If your child needs sedation, it is available; Central Texas Pediatric Dentistry also offers hospital dentistry.
You can help your child feel comfortable about their dental appointments by using positive language, and not making a checkup seems like a big deal or something to fear. You can stay with your child during their appointments.
What should I do if my child has a pediatric dental emergency?
If your child knocks out a tooth, or has another dental emergency, stay calm, and call Central Texas Pediatric Dentistry. The experienced staff can give you specific instructions and ensure your child gets the attention they need. You can use cold compresses to reduce any swelling or have your child bite down on clean gauze to control bleeding.
If your child knocks out a tooth, try to find the tooth. When you touch the tooth, only touch the part of the tooth that is visible when it’s in their mouth. You can gently rinse the tooth in water. Ideally, you should tuck the tooth back into its socket or have your child hold it between their cheek and gum. If this isn’t possible, you can put the tooth in a small sealed container of milk. Don’t use water; extended exposure to water can damage teeth.
If you’re looking for an expert pediatric dentist, call Central Texas Pediatric Dentistry to make an appointment for a pediatric dental checkup today.