Pediatric Dentistry

Your child’s first visit to the dentist can be a scare or intimidating ordeal. At Edinburg Family Dentistry, we go out of our way to make sure that the first visit sets an important precedent.

First Visit

As the basis of the future of their oral health, the first visit is key. The first visit for a child should occur within six months of the first tooth coming in or by their first birthday. Monitoring the development of all teeth as they come in is important, and your dentist can also discuss how thumb sucking and pacifier habits can have a detrimental effect on teeth development.

Dental Sealants

Dental sealants are thought of as one of the most effective preventive dental measure available. Teeth have many areas that food can get stuck in. This can lead to excess bacteria and cavities. Sealants work to fill these pits and crevices, so no food can get stuck by applying a coating to the tooth. For areas that are hard for children to brush, this can effectively stop cavities in their tracks. There is no need for needles and drilling and can be taken care of in one session.

Continuing Care

It is important to start your child’s dental health on the right path. Even though baby teeth that erupt during your child’s early years will eventually fall out, they are vital for chewing, talking, and holding space for future adult teeth. Instilling the importance of taking care of teeth early on makes a huge difference when their adult teeth come in.

Our team is committed to instructing the next generation residents in the proper techniques for brushing, flossing and taking care of their teeth. We can’t wait to see your family soon!

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What we are doing to keep you and your family safe when you come to our office

We hope you and your family are in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While may things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice, and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it is both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up to date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff.

For example:

  • Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You will be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.
  • We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
  • You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
  • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you are offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
  • We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at one at a time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice.

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors, and friends.