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Early Dental Care

Ensure a Healthy Smile For Life

Dental care for young children and adolescents is important. Seeing a pediatric dentist early can set your child up for oral health success.

The highly skilled doctors at AOMS Pediatric Dentistry work with children of all ages to protect their oral health, prevent cavities, and teach positive oral hygiene habits early. Our practice in Amarillo, Texas, utilizes advanced dental X-ray technology to accurately assess a patient’s condition and identify any problems.

When Should My Child First Visit a Dentist?

The easiest way to remember the best time to bring your child to the dentist is to think first tooth, first year, first visit. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association both recommend having your child visit a dentist 6 months after their first tooth has erupted.

The first visit with us is fun, fast, and easy. We have the child sit on a parent’s lap when we perform our exam. Pediatric dentists can quickly check for the telltale signs of plaque buildup, proper tooth eruption sequence, or abnormalities without making your child hold their mouth open for a long time.

At your first appointment, your pediatric team can also teach you proper cleaning techniques, nutrition, and other preventive measures to preserve your child’s teeth. Making a few changes to your child’s diet (e.g., limiting juice consumption and not putting babies to bed with a bottle) can prevent the need for dental work later on. This first visit is also a great way to establish a positive relationship between your child and the dentist.

Why Do Babies and Young Children Need Dental Care?

Many parents and caregivers wonder why their baby needs to visit a dentist so early. More and more, dentists are seeing children as young as 2 years old who already have multiple cavities. Seeing a pediatric dentist during your baby’s first year can help prevent this decay from taking place or progressing. Your dentist can assess your child’s risk for tooth decay using quick and easy techniques, such as simply looking for plaque buildup around the gum line.

Even though baby teeth will eventually fall out, serious cases of tooth decay can cause complications that could affect your child’s permanent teeth, such as oral infections (abscesses). Tooth decay and cavities can also cause discomfort, problems with eating, and even difficulty concentrating in school. A chronic infection in your child’s mouth can weaken their immune system, which can lead to other health concerns. Starting regular dental visits early can prevent these issues.

Hear From Early Dental Care Patients

These patients can tell you about the firsthand experience undergoing early dental care at our office.

Reviews From Our Early Dental Care Patients

Ashtynne Reviews Her Early Dental Care Procedure
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Ashtynne
Early Dental Care
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"Dr. Lindsey's really nice, too—good doctor and awesome. She cleans my teeth; she fills in my teeth when I have cavities. It hurts when I come, but then it feels good actually after. Because she's a good doctor, and she won't do anything; she'll make sure your teeth are fine. I'll tell them, "I hope you do good and don't be scared."

Destiny Reviews Her Early Dental Care Procedure
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Destiny
Early Dental Care
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"I come to see Dr. Lindsey to get my teeth checked and fixed up if they have cavities or something like that. A couple of times, I've kind of been scared because I had to get a cavity out, but once I get in there, I get less nervous because Dr. Lindsey's very nice and supporting. If one of my friends got a cavity filled or something like that, and they were scared, I'd just tell them that you get prizes, and you don't have to worry about it because it's not a big deal, and all they really do is clean your teeth. I get to go in the treasure trunk. I like the stickers and the stuff like that because I have a big sticker collection. I definitely tell my friends to go to Dr. Lindsey."

Sophie Reviews Her Early Dental Care Procedure
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Sophie
Early Dental Care
Patient

"Dr. Lindsey's really nice. She takes care of my teeth, and she's really good at it. I was kind of scared, but she did really good with me. She tells jokes sometimes while she's working on your teeth. Dr. Lindsey makes me laugh a lot. She does really good on not making it hurt after you're done. I would go see Dr. Lindsey at AOMS."

Tera Reviews Her Early Dental Care Procedure
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Tera
Early Dental Care
Patient

"Tera: What's your favorite thing about Dr. Lindsey? Kennedi: She brushes my teeth. Tera: She brushes your teeth. She has made us feel so comfortable with kind of a bad situation with Kennedi's teeth. Kennedi had a lot of cavities; we were good with brushing but not really flossing that well between her teeth. She suggested hospital, and we could get all the work done; we wouldn't have multiple visits. She did a really great job. She was with us all the way through the process. It made me feel like I could depend on her and that she really cared about our family and about our child, and I think anybody who is looking to take their child somewhere wants to know that they care just as much as they do. I would recommend her to anyone. Tera: Is she nice to you? Kennedi: Mmhmm! Tera: Do you enjoy coming here? Kennedi: Yes. Tera: Good, good."

Allison Reviews Her Early Dental Care Procedure
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Allison
Early Dental Care
Patient

"Allison: What do you think about Dr. Lindsey? Son: She was really nice. Allison: She's really nice. What did you like the best? Son: The games on the TV. Allison: Where? The games on the TV? He walked in and was very happy to be here. He saw some computers over in the corner and went to playing some games, and they called his name, and he hugged Miss Autumn and went straight back. He had absolutely no problem. Being a nurse, you do think of things a little bit outside of the box: did they have a crash cart? Did they have people who knew advanced cardiac life support? Did they have physicians in the building? Over and above, come and see Dr. Lindsey. This place has everything you need in one building. It has a great staff, it has great physicians, and it has great emergency equipment. It has everything you need, and they can do everything right here. It's phenomenal; I'm so glad Amarillo has a place like this."

Other Questions? We’re Here to Help

If you have questions about a procedure, financing, or anything else, please reach out to us at any time. Our team is here to help, and we look forward to caring for you and your loved ones.