Pediatric Dentistry Practice

Rio Rancho Family Dental Care

Family Dentists & Cosmetic Dentists located in Rio Rancho, NM

The chance to help children develop the skills for a lifetime of good dental health is an honor, and Grant Allen, DDS, of Rio Rancho Family Dental Care is proud to offer top quality pediatric dentistry services to the families in his care. Dr. Allen has earned a reputation for excellence in the greater Rio Rancho, New Mexico, area. Learn more about his pediatric dentistry services during a personalized consultation, which you can schedule online or over the phone.

Pediatric Dentistry Q & A

What is pediatric dentistry?

Pediatric dentistry is an area of dental practice focused on addressing the dental health of children from birth through adolescence. Kids have a unique set of dental needs, and working with a dentist trained in pediatric dentistry ensures your little ones get everything they need to support a lifetime of healthy smiles. 

What kind of services are provided in pediatric dentistry?

Pediatric dental visits are a bit different from the dental exams and cleanings adults are familiar with. When your child is still in the baby and toddler stages, visits focus on checking that their gums are clean and that emerging baby teeth are healthy. 

You learn how to keep your child’s teeth and gums free from bacteria and plaque, and also learn what to look for in terms of abnormal tissue or early signs of decay. At this stage, the focus is on educating parents on optimal pediatric hygiene. 

As your child grows older, the focus shifts to teaching them how to take care of their own teeth. Your dentist reviews proper brushing and flossing habits, and also performs an exam to check for signs of gum disease or dental decay. He might also place dental sealants during a pediatric visit; sealants help protect the tiny crevices in your child’s teeth from decay.

If an area of concern is noted, your dentist discusses all available treatment options. You learn the pros and cons of each approach, and have the details you need to make an informed choice. 

What if my child is afraid of seeing a dentist?

Kids can develop a fear of the dentist, whether from movies, TV shows, negative past experiences, or even hearing a friend or family member recount a negative dental experience. Building a trusting relationship with your Rio Rancho Family Dental Care dentist is an important first step in establishing a positive approach to dental care. 

You might consider bringing your little one along for your own dental exam and cleaning appointment. Watching Mom or Dad have a positive experience at the dental office and having the chance to meet the team and see the treatment rooms can go a long way toward lessening dental anxieties. 

If you’re searching for a great dentist to meet the needs of your family, schedule a visit at Rio Rancho Family Dental Care online or over the phone.