At Lovett Dental, we understand that your children deserve the very best that dental care has to offer. Pediatric dentistry requires special attentiveness and care, which is why we have pediatric dental specialists at every Lovett dentist office who have the highest level of advanced education and training to provide your children with the very best in dental care. Please schedule an appointment to see a pediatric dentist.
Preventative Oral Hygiene
Restorative Dental Care
Early Infant Oral Care
Lovett Pediatric Locations
Find a location near you, and contact our offices today to schedule an appointment with one of our board-certified pediatric dentists.
Medicaid & Children’s Insurance
CHIP and Children’s Medicaid
Children’s Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provides free or affordable coverage to uninsured children in Texas. Both of these invaluable programs provide health care benefits including regular checkups and other procedures for qualifying families. Visit chipmedicaid.org to learn more about these programs.
Texas Health Steps (THSteps)
Texas Health Steps (THSteps) is for children up to 20 years of age who qualify for Medicaid. The program provides regular medical and dental checkups and case management services to infants, children, teens, and young adults at no cost to families. Visit the Texas Department of State Health Services to learn more.
Pediatric Dentists vs. General Dentists
Lovett Dental employs highly trained board certified pediatric dentists. Your children deserve the best dental care, and we want to make sure that we hire the correct professionals to do so. So what is the difference between a Pediatric Dentist and a General Dentist? Pediatric dentists attend an additional two to three years of special training after completing dental school. Pediatrics is a highly competitive dental specialty to enter. Pediatric dentists learn how to specifically cater to children and adolescents usually from ages 4 to 12. (Sometimes older, dependent on maturity of teeth and insurance coverage). To ensure proper care of your infant, or child, Lovett Dental always recommends visiting a Certified Pediatric Dentist when rare issues occur. In certain cases, such as root canals and tooth eruption, pediatric dentists will know how to treat your child best.
Parent Hub & Commonly Asked Questions
As a parent, maintaining the oral hygiene of your kids can be a difficult and confusing journey. You’ll encounter problems and concerns that you simply haven’t had to think about before. Below we’ve outlined common concerns that may arise throughout your child’s development. From their first tooth to adolescence, we’re here to help keep your children healthy and their smiles shining.
It is important to promote good daily oral hygiene as soon as your baby’s first teeth erupt. You should notice the first teeth break through the gums at about six months (usually the two bottom front teeth erupt first), followed by the front two top teeth a few months later. Your child should have all 20 teeth between the ages of two and a half and three. Each child develops at a slightly different pace, so try not to panic if they deviate from the timeline of typical children. If you have any questions about this process, be sure to schedule a consultation with a pediatric dentist at Lovett. We can provide you with answers to all your pediatric dentistry questions and help your child get a head start on a healthy, beautiful smile.
While it may seem obvious, it bears mentioning: most cavities are a consequence of a sugary diet and not brushing your teeth daily. As your child’s teeth come in, it is important to cultivate good oral hygiene habits.
Your child’s mouth is different than yours. As soon your baby’s teeth begin erupting, clean them with a moist washcloth daily. Once more teeth come in, you can start using a toothbrush designed for children. These toothbrushes have soft bristles for a gentler cleaning. As children get older (age two or three), you can begin teaching them to brush their own teeth (with a little help, of course). For more advice on how to take care of your child’s teeth, visit kidshealth.org.
Digit sucking (thumbs and other fingers) is a habit that begins in infants. While most children stop digit sucking by age three or four, some don’t lose the habit. If your child continues to suck on their thumb or other digits later into childhood, the habit can begin to have long-term negative impacts including the malformation of the roof of their mouth and crooked teeth. Schedule an appointment with a pediatric dentist at Lovett Dental to find out ways to break the habit.
Adolescence & Oral Care
Good dental hygiene is vital as children reach adolescence. Children who develop good oral hygiene habits at a young age are more likely to continue them during adolescence and adulthood. As permanent teeth begin to come in, your child should have regular examinations and dental check-ups. If your child has poor dental health habits, the dentists at Lovett Dental can work with your family to change these to help them prepare for a lifetime of good oral health.
Braces for Adolescents
Braces are often a necessary part of adolescence. Misaligned teeth and jaw misalignment (like underbites and overbites) can be aesthetically unpleasing, have a negative affect on self-esteem, and can even cause long-term health concerns. If you aren’t sure if your child needs braces, please schedule a consultation visit with a Lovett Dental office and our orthodontists can walk you through any necessary procedures.