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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

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."

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."

Dalton Reviews His Early Dental Care Procedure
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Dalton
Early Dental Care
Patient

"Dr. Lindsey—she's nice and really funny. She just looks at my teeth. She has a treasure chest. She's a good person. I see her right after someone cleans my teeth. I like to have my teeth cleaned here. You should come and see Dr. Lorra; she cleans teeth."

Krista Reviews Her Early Dental Care Procedure
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Krista
Early Dental Care
Patient

"What brought me into AOMS Pediatric Dentistry was my general dentist had referred my kids to Dr. Lindsey. They wanted my kids to get into a specialist that could really do a better job with getting the kids to sit still for clean X-rays. In doing so, the X-rays actually showed more cavities than our general dentist had caught. It makes me feel comfortable in bringing them here because I know that my kids enjoy coming here. Yes! Can you believe it? They enjoy coming to the dentist. In fact, my daughter even told me not that long ago that she misses Dr. Lindsey. Krista: Tell me what you like about Dr. Lindsey. Son: She's a good dentist. Krista: What makes her good? Son: She doesn't hurt my teeth very badly. Krista: Oh, that's a good answer. What about you? What do you like about Dr. Lindsey? Daughter: That she gives me toys after I'm done."

Ashtynne Reviews Her Early Dental Care Procedure
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Ashtynne
Early Dental Care
Patient

"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."

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.