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We are excited to be your pediatric dentist in San Antonio! The Alamo Heights Pediatric Dentistry team is passionate about our jobs and providing excellent oral care for adolescents. We understand the importance of little smiles! Our team does all we can to help you be informed and prepared so that your little one has an incredible experience with us.

When Should a Baby See a Dentist?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that kids see a pediatric dentist by age one or when their first tooth comes in. Sometimes we see kids even earlier for tongue ties and other concerns. We are here for kids until they become adults and love getting to see them grow! The table below illustrates a good timeline for the average dental timeline for children.

when do babies get teeth

Why Choose a Pediatric Dentist?

A pediatric dentist, like Dr. Sage, specializes in oral health and dental care for infants, children, and teens similar to a pediatrician in the medical field. Pediatric dentists are required to attend an extra two to three years of training to study child dental and psychological development, and also take training to provide care for patients with special needs. In addition to providing excellent dental care, we strive to create a fun, positive experience so that your child is excited to go to the dentist. In addition, it is important to us that we educate our young patients on how to care for their teeth and communicate with parents on how to help keep their kids’ teeth healthy and strong.

What to Expect at Your First Visit

We take a child’s first visit with us very seriously because it sets the bar for what they associate with dentistry. Our caring, relaxed team is committed to providing you with a stress-free experience for the entire family. Both of our doctors are passionate about educating patients (and parents) about oral health to prevent dental issues from occurring.

Prior to your appointment, we will ask for your insurance information so we can verify your coverage before your appointment. We will also ask you a few questions about the patient to ensure that we provide them with an outstanding first visit. In addition, we will have you fill out a few new patient forms at your arrival and then we will get the first exam started.

Infants (under age 3)

If your child is an infant, we will conduct what we call an “infant lap exam”. The parent will sit knee to knee with the pediatric dentist and the baby will sit on the parent’s lap. We will then lay them on their back, facing you, and the doctor will look into their mouth. This is most comfortable for everyone, helps the child feel safe in their parent’s arms, and allows the dentist to get a good look in the mouth. Last, the pediatric dentist will review their findings with the parent and discuss the oral plan moving forward.

Children (over age 3)

If your child is older, we ask that you help us by preparing them with a positive outlook on dentistry. We suggest not using any negative comments about dentists or dental cleanings from the parent’s experiences. This helps us build positive and safe relationships with our patients. After all paperwork is complete, we will bring your child back to take x-rays (only if indicated per the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry). Then, we perform the dental cleaning and the pediatric dentist will do a quick check to make sure there are no issues. Last, we will suggest their dental plan for the future, including diet and oral hygiene.

We understand that each child is different. They will all have different needs and different oral needs as well. We are happy to discuss any special needs your child may have prior to their appointment. Both of our doctors are mothers, and they promise to show your child care and compassion. One of our top priorities is establishing a trusting relationship with your child. The other is teaching them how to keep their smile healthy for their lifetime!

We look forward to meeting you and your family and are available for any questions. Call today to join the Alamo Heights Pediatric Dentistry family!