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Comprehensive Pediatric Dentistry for Smiles that Last

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Our children’s dentists recommend that patients visit our dental office every six months for checkups. A typical checkup appointment includes necessary X-rays, cleaning; fluoride applications and dental sealants may be recommended to prevent cavities as well. Ask how your child can become a member of the No Cavity Club! Dr. Barefield and our pediatric dentists protect smiles from sports-related injuries with custom-fitted athletic mouthguards. If your child has a tooth that is compromised by decay or injury, a filling or crown can restore health, function, and appearance. Kids who suck their thumbs or use a pacifier may experience dental problems. Our pediatric dentists will discuss the situation and suggest gentle behavior management techniques to help your child overcome this habit and promote proper dental development.

Dentistry for Infants

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At Barefield Pediatric Dentistry, we’re ready to take care of your child’s smile as soon as that first little tooth appears! Our team of pediatric dentists recommends that your baby should have their first checkup as soon as their first tooth comes in or no later than their first birthday. This appointment will serve as a gentle introduction to dentistry for your child, and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have. We can’t wait to meet you and your favorite smile, so contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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Dentistry for Toddlers

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Watching your child learn how to walk was fantastic, but now, all they seem to want to do is RUN. Keeping up with a toddler can be a real task unto itself, let alone making sure their teeth are getting the attention they need. At Barefield Pediatric Dentistry, we just love having these little balls of energy around our dental office, and our team’s friendly demeanor and clinical expertise will ensure that no matter what adventure your child goes on, they’ll be able to flash a healthy smile while they do it!

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Dentistry for Children

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As your child transitions into school, their smile becomes more important than ever as they try to make friends and express themselves in front of their peers. In addition to your efforts at home, the team at Barefield Pediatric Dentistry is ready to provide the personalized, high-quality care your thriving loved one deserves. With regular exams, cleanings, and custom-made restorations, we’ll ensure that your child will be able to smile with complete confidence both in and out of the classroom.

Children’s Dentistry FAQs

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Do you still have questions about taking care of your child’s smile as a parent? At Barefield Pediatric Dentistry, we offer the best quality of children’s dental care so your little one’s grin can stay healthy into adulthood. For your convenience, we’ve answered some common questions that we receive from our patients below.

How are children’s dentists different from general dentists?

When you visit Barefield Pediatric Dentistry, you’ll be ensuring that your child’s smile is cared for by board-certified and specially trained pediatric dentists. What this means is that they underwent additional training in order to provide the highest quality of care to smiles that are still developing, while general dentists haven’t. Our office is also specially equipped with neat toys and gadgets to help children feel more comfortable and less intimidated, because we want them to have a positive relationship with their dentist! Our team has also been specially trained to be patient, kind, and caring to ensure that your child has a great time each time they come in for a checkup and cleaning.

What happens during a child’s first visit to their dentist?

During your little one’s first visit to our office, our main goal will be to help them feel comfortable and to let them explore a little bit. We don’t want to intimidate them right off the bat and conduct a thorough cleaning, but we will examine their mouth to make sure that their teeth and gums are healthy and answer any questions you may have. This first appointment is primarily to get them acquainted with our team and help them feel comfortable and relaxed so they’ll look forward to their next appointment with us.

How frequently should children visit the dentist?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends bringing your child in for a checkup and cleaning at least once every six months to ensure that their teeth are growing in properly and no issues arise. During your visits, our children’s dentist in Duncanville will conduct a thorough examination and teeth cleaning in order to prevent problems like tooth decay from developing and becoming worse down the road. We also aim to provide your child with the tools and knowledge they need to be able to take care of their smile on their own, like teaching them how to brush and floss properly.

Should I clean my infant’s mouth?

Even if your child doesn’t have any teeth yet, you can get a head-start on maintaining their oral health by regularly cleaning their mouth. A great way to do this is to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and use a clean, damp piece of gauze or cloth to wipe their upper and lower gums. By doing this every day, you’ll be able to prevent any formula or breastmilk from lingering in their mouth and keep their gums healthy, creating a safe foundation for their first teeth to grow into.

Dentistry for Teens

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Parenting a teenager can be challenging, to put it mildly, but thankfully, you aren’t alone when it comes to ensuring they have healthy teeth and gums. Our expert team has everything your child needs to keep their smile strong and problem-free, and we’ll make sure that when they finally head off to college, the last thing you’ll need to worry about will be their teeth! To schedule your teen’s next appointment, contact us today.