Pediatric Dental

When Should Your Child See a Dentist?

Having a dentist regularly check your child's teeth encourages good dental habits and can prevent more costly and painful problems later. Your dentist can help teach you and your child good food choices and proper brushing. It is important for your child to see the dentist while he/she still has baby teeth (primary teeth).

Even though your child will lose these teeth, it is important to develop the habits that will protect the permanent teeth before the baby teeth are lost. Ask your dentist if your child may benefit from sealants or fluoride treatments.

Your child should start to see a dentist as soon as the first tooth appears, and no later than their first birthday. Thereafter, a dental appointment is generally recommended every three to six months.

Your child should also go to the dentist:

  • As soon as you or your child notice a dental problem
  • Before he/she starts playing contact sports
  • If there are dark spots in the pits or fissures of the teeth
  • If the upper and lower teeth do not come together correctly (Malocclusion)

Advanced decay is the major cause of tooth loss in children. Parents need to teach, watch, and assist children with tooth brushing to help prevent tooth decay. Making regular visits to the dentist and avoiding sugary foods can also greatly reduce the chance of getting cavities. Taking care of your child's teeth is not difficult, but it takes both parent and child to make it happen.

Pediatric Emergency Dental Services

Pediatric Emergency Care

PEdiatric Emergency Dental Services

At The Children's Hospital of San Antonio downtown offers emergency dental services, after hours. For an emergency dental visit (severe infection, trauma, or pain),Pediatric dentists are available after 5:00 p.m., seven days a week

The Children's Hospital of San Antonio Emergency

How to Help Your Child