Your Fort Worth Kid’s Dentist

If your child needs dental care, anything from a basic exam and cleaning to something more complex, and you’re looking for a kid’s dentist in Ft. Worth, TX, we hope you’ll contact us at Rio Dental & Orthodontics where pediatric dental care is one of our specialties.

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Frequently asked questions about pediatric dentistry

In case you’re not familiar with pediatric dentistry, here are answers to some commonly asked questions.

What is a pediatric dentist?

Probably the best way to answer that question is to say that pediatric dentists are the child physicians of dental care. Beyond college, all dentists spend four years in dental school, and pediatric dentists get an additional two years of training, specializing in dentistry for children and teens. Through this regimen of highly specialized training, a pediatric dentist is able to provide oral health care, guide children through their years of dental growth and minimize their future dental issues.

How important are your child’s baby teeth?

Your child’s baby teeth are vital to the health of their adult teeth. Among other things, those first teeth help your child eat and develop proper speech patterns. Their baby teeth also hold space in the jaw for the eruption and alignment of their permanent teeth.

Is it really important to fill cavities in baby teeth?

Yes, those cavities should be treated. While it’s true that most of those baby teeth will be lost by age 12, given their importance in your child’s early development it’s essential to take good care of them. This will provide them with a regiment for their future dental health care and help them develop a healthy smile.

Infants and children should get their teeth checked every six months to check for cavities.

When should I schedule my child’s first dental visit?

To prevent childhood dental problems and establish a regular dental home, we strongly suggest that you schedule your child’s first dental appointment shortly after their first teeth appear. This should occur no later than their first birthday.

During this first visit, one of our pediatric dental specialists will provide information on basic dental care for your child. They will also perform a thorough examination of their teeth and gums to make sure there are no existing or developing problems. After that initial visit, as is the case of teens and adults, we recommend a cleaning and examination every six months.

Rio Dental & Orthodontics – The Kids Dentist Of Fort Worth, TX

At Rio Dental & Orthodontics, providing the very best dental care for children is one of our passions. The pediatric specialists on our staff, Drs. Russell Choy and Sage Yoo are fervently dedicated to promoting the dental health of the children in their care, using today’s most advanced pediatric dental procedures.

Our dental office provides a warm, caring and overall child-friendly environment to ease any fears or anxiety about visiting the dentist. Rio Dental & Orthodontics also provides sedation dentistry services to help your child feel comfortable during their check up.

We urge you not to neglect the proper care of your child’s dental health. If you have not yet found a dental office for your child, we urge you to contact Rio Dental & Orthodontics to schedule your child’s initial appointment.

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You can play a part in preparing your child for his or her first visit to our office. Informing your child of the visit as an exciting experience for both of you can ease any hesitations. As a parent try to act relaxed, since your child may sense any anxiety on your part.

Explain to your child that the doctor will “count, brush, and maybe take pictures of their teeth”. We also ask that you assume the role of a silent observer. Cooperation and trust must be established directly between the doctor, staff, and your child and not through you. Your child may become confused if receiving instructions from multiple sources.

We recommend bringing your baby in for their first dental appointment by their first birthday, or within 6 months of their first tooth appearing (whichever comes first). During this appointment, we will examine your baby’s mouth to track their dental development and discuss age-appropriate dental care.

It’s easy to make appointments to visit our office online or over the phone. Rio Dental sees patients both for checkups and dental emergencies. Using our online scheduler, you can select the location and time slot that works best for you for either type of appointment. If you have any questions regarding our practice, or simply prefer to make your appointment with a live member of staff, please don’t hesitate to call!

Rio Dental Group accepts most PPO insurances. We recommend that new patients and returning patients with new insurance policies reach out to us before their appointment to confirm coverage. Our Fort Worth location also sees patients who are covered by Medicaid and CHIP programs.

We don’t like surprises, either! Our staff is prepared to discuss the cost of dental services before you undergo treatment so that you know what to expect in terms of fees. The cost of your services will be due at the end of your appointment. Our office accepts payment by cash, credit card, or check.

Rio Dental Group allows patients to pay with their CareCredit card. CareCredit is a healthcare credit card designed to cover out-of-pocket costs at over 225,000 providers nationwide. After leaving the office, card holders will be able to make convenient monthly payments towards their balance. To learn more, visit the CareCredit website.

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