At Dr. Lance Bautista, Pediatric Dentistry, we specialize in pediatric dentistry, which means our focus is on treating infants, children, and teens.
Our commitment is to provide a lifetime of amazing dental care. We are excited to have your child be a part of our dental family.
Tooth Decay is Preventable
Tooth decay is caused by sugars left in your mouth that turn into an acid which can break down your teeth. Children are at high risk for tooth decay for the simple reason that many children and adolescents tend to be lax about their oral hygiene habits. Proper brushing and flossing routines combined with regular dental visits help keep tooth decay away. A low-sugar diet also helps keep tooth decay at bay.
Mommy & Me
At what age should I bring my child to the dentist for the first time? We are asked this a lot, and the answer is “1 year or 6 months after they get their first tooth.” Why so early? Two reasons:
1. Prevention and parent education—from age 6 months to 2 years, your child is in what is called “the window of infectivity” during which they are developing all the bacteria they will have in their mouth for the rest of their lives! Therefore, we want to help you foster good habits at the earliest age to prevent problems in the future.
2. Child’s comfort—the sooner they become comfortable visiting our office, sitting in the chair and letting us peek in their mouth, the easier each subsequent visit will be. We want them to like it here!
Now, you are not a “bad parent” if your child is older than this and has not yet been to the dentist, but we encourage you to make their first appointment soon. Stop by for a Happy Visit for FREE to introduce yourself and your child to our office! There's lots to see and do!