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Pediatric Dentistry Specialist

Big Country Family Dental

Jason M. Mahoney, DMD

Family Dentist located in Haskell, TX

At Big Country Family Dental, Dr. Jason Mahoney and the rest of the team provide caring, compassionate dental care to people of all ages. That said, the youngest patients hold a special place in the hearts of the Big Country staff. Pediatric dentistry is a calling, and serving the dental needs of kids from Haskell, Texas and beyond is deeply rewarding. When you’re ready to bring your little one in for his or her first dentist visit, schedule an appointment online.

Pediatric Dentistry Q & A

What is pediatric dentistry?

Pediatric dentistry is dental care for children from the age of infancy through adolescence. Treating children requires a different approach than providing dental care to adults.

The impression that a young child forms about his or her dentist can shape the way that they view dentistry for the rest of their lives. The team at Big Country Family Dental takes that responsibility to heart, and works hard to ensure that your child develops a positive relationship with his or her dentist.

During most first dental visits, the focus is more on establishing a relationship than on providing specific treatments. Your child will receive a dental exam and a professional cleaning, and Dr. Mahoney will sit down and talk about overall dental care, asking questions to get his newest patient to interact.

These initial visits are kept brief and positive. The best way to introduce your child to dentistry is to bring them in well in advance of any dental issues, so there’s a chance to create a positive impression before any work is necessary.  

What are some common pediatric dental issues?

Every child has a unique set of dental needs and experiences. Some will encounter no dental issues until they are well into adulthood, while others will require extensive pediatric dental work.

Here are some common pediatric dental issues:

  • Tooth decay
  • Chipped or broken teeth
  • Baby teeth that do not come out on their own
  • Issues based on lack of adequate fluoride
  • Problems brought on by certain medications or medical conditions
  • Need for extractions for orthodontic care

Some of these problems are avoidable through proper oral hygiene, but others are outside of your control and should be seen by a dentist.  

How can I prepare my child for their first dentist visit?

There are a number of ways to help your child get ready for his or her first visit. There are many different children’s books that explain what to expect, including some that may feature your child’s favorite character or television show.

Another good way to get your child excited about their first big kid dental visit is by bringing them with you on your own exam and cleaning visit. When kids see their parents have a positive experience, they will naturally look forward to their own appointment.

Call us or go online to schedule your child’s first dental visit!