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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 & Children's 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

Mandi Reviews Her Early Dental Care Procedure
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Mandi
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"Dr. Lindsey was referred to us by my primary dentist. Dalton is special needs and is very leery about anything that goes on with his mouth or face. Dr. Lindsey is wonderful; she makes Dalton feel very comfortable. He has never hesitated about coming to see Dr. Lindsey, has always looked forward to it—never a problem coming to the dentist when we have to come to see Dr. Lindsey. Never any hesitation about leaving him to see the dentist. I've never hesitated about referring any one of my friends or family to come and see her with any children. She does a wonderful job."

Kennedi Reviews Her Early Dental Care Procedure
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Kennedi
Early Dental Care
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"My name is Kennedi, and I came to AOMS Pediatrics to have my teeth cleaned. What I like best about Dr. Lindsey is that she always makes me feel comfortable, and she cleans my teeth really gentle. When I first walked in for like the first time ever, I was really nervous. Dr. Lindsey made me feel really calm. She asked me, “How was my day?” And like, “What did I do at school, and what’s my favorite subject?” By doing that, she made me think about other things, and now I kind of like coming. Everyone’s so nice and they just make you feel at home and comfortable. I would definitely recommend AOMS Pediatrics."

Hailee Reviews Her Early Dental Care Procedure
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Hailee
Early Dental Care
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"Dr. Lindsey's really nice, and she makes it so that it's not scary. She gets my teeth cleaned. Don't be scared; Dr. Lindsey's really nice."

Sophie Reviews Her Early Dental Care Procedure
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Sophie
Early Dental Care
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"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."

Aryana Reviews Her Early Dental Care Procedure
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Aryana
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"My name’s Aryana, and I’m from Amarillo, Texas, and I came to see the dentist. I love the environment, and the staff here are really nice, and they really take their time. I feel really safe here. The doctors here are awesome. Dr. Ruiz is very nice, and she makes me feel very comfortable. Dr. Ruiz has very funny jokes. I love my great smile. Thank you, Amarillo Dentistry. Come see Dr. Ruiz. She’s the best!"

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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.