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Northeast Dallas Children’s Dentistry

Smiling little girl holding up x-raysParents want the best for their children, and that should include the best dental care. Many parents think that means visiting a pediatric dentistry practice. Then, they take an extra day off of work, wrangle the kids, and take the trip across town to the nearest pediatric office. While these practices are great for kids, most parents feel a bit out of place with the bright colors and tiny furniture. What parents don’t know is that pediatric dentists are specialists. You wouldn’t go to a specialist’s office for your regular checkups, and your little one’s don’t need to either. For kids who show significant concerns during dental development, pediatric specialists are the best option, but for younger patients whose smiles are developing properly, a family dental office may be a better solution. At Mariya Barnett, DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Northeast Dallas, we welcome every member of the family, including kids. Dr. Barnett and the team love working with young patients to achieve and maintain their healthiest, most beautiful smiles for a lifetime. If you want to learn more or schedule an appointment for your child, call our friendly dental team today.

Your Child’s First Dental Checkup

Little boy practicing tooth brushing in dental chairYou should bring your little one to visit us for the first time by their first birthday. During this short, painless appointment, we’ll examine the developing oral and facial structures. If we notice signs of serious development concerns, we will recommend you to a pediatric dentistry specialist. Otherwise, you can continue to bring your child to see us every six months for checkups and teeth cleanings. We can also help you improve your child’s at-home hygiene routine throughout dental development, and partner with you to teach kids to brush and floss on their own. Once your little one is old enough to better understand his or her surroundings, we’ll show them around the dental office, introducing kids to our office and all of the tools and technologies they may encounter. Our goal is to help kids learn to look forward to their dental office visits, so they will always maintain regular dentistry appointments to keep their smiles whole and healthy for life.

Helping Kids Keep Smiles Healthy At-Home

Little girl receiving dental x-raysIt can be a struggle to keep kids still long enough to teach them to brush and floss, but it’s important to take the time. We are happy to partner with you to keep kids’ smiles healthy during biannual dental appointments in our office and all year round. Some tips to make at-home hygiene fun and easy for kids include:

  • Use fun and kid-friendly toothpaste options that taste good and may be decorated with cartoons or characters your child likes
  • Play fun songs to help kids learn to brush for two minutes
  • Use flossers to make flossing easier for kids
  • Have kids use a disclosing tablet to reveal plaque buildup and help target their brushing to ensure they remove all the plaque

Our Family-Friendly Dentistry Services

Mom brushing baby’s teethEvery patient at any age receives a personalized treatment plan to meet their unique oral health needs because every smile is different. Some of the many services we can offer geared toward your child’s developing smile include:

  • Dental sealants
  • Fluoride therapy
  • Sportsguards
  • Tooth-colored fillings
  • Wisdom tooth extraction
  • Sedation dentistry
  • Same-day emergency dentistry appointments