What is Pediatric Dentistry?
Good dental health is vital for each member of the family, regardless of their age. At R. Asher Henegar, D.D.S., P.A., we encourage Colorado Springs, CO parents to make their child's initial visit to a dentist before their first birthday. While it may seem early, with a small-town setting and as parents ourselves, you can be assured that your little one is in great care! It's important for children to visit dentist Dr. Asher Henegar at least twice per year for cleanings and exams. Our objective is to provide your child with an enjoyable and low-stress visit to our office. Establishing a comfortable, safe, and pleasant dental experience early on will help to give them a positive association with going to the dentist that can last a lifetime. During pediatric dental appointments, Dr. Henegar will evaluate the growth of your child's teeth, search for problems or areas of concern, and teach them how best to maintain a proper dental care regimen at home. To learn more information about pediatric dentistry for your family, contact our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Henegar.
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"A wonderful place to go for a dental work! The office staff is friendly and helpful. Dr Henegar and his assistant were very gentle and caring. They made sure I was comfortable during my visit! I will return!"- P.N. / Google / Sep 28, 2021
"I haven't been to the dentist in over five years. It's a lot easier said then done but when you don't have insurance or have the finances it gets pushed back over the years. I would highly recommend Dr. Henegar. The office was clean and modern. The staff all had smiles and were very friendly upon entering the office. I was greeted with a hand shake by the doctor himself. We took x-rays of my teeth and came up with a plan. Dr. Henegar was very friendly, compassionate and knowledgeable. It felt good to go to the dentist and not be questioned as to why I haven't been to a dentist in so long.We came up with a step by step plan for future visits and he even recommended ortho to help straightrn my bottom teeth in the future. I couldn't be happier with the affordablility but also with the friendly staff. It is nice to be known and addressed by your name rather then a patient room number. No judgments here."- E.M. / Google / Sep 15, 2021
"Cannot recommend Dr. Henegar enough! I just recently started coming here, and the environment is so relaxing. The staff are extremely attentive and friendly. I had to have several fillings done and Dr. Henegar even touched up an old filling that I had as a courtesy. He and his staff are so friendly and caring and make you feel like more than just a dollar walking in the door. As long as I live in the Springs, I’ll be coming back to him!"- M.W. / Google / Sep 15, 2021
"Very polite and professional. They explained the expenses and options very well for me."- N.M. / Google / Sep 14, 2021
What to Expect from Pediatric Dental Appointments
Did you know babies can experience tooth decay and cavities as early as two years old? R. Asher Henegar, D.D.S., P.A. can offer preventive treatments to help preserve the teeth of your little ones. Maintaining visits twice each year for oral exams and teeth cleanings is vital during childhood years. During their visits, Dr. Henegar may identify any developing problems, like cavities or dental malocclusion, and also recommend procedures, like sealants, in-office fluoride treatments, or orthodontics. Following their cleaning, a fluoride treatment may also be administered in order to strengthen the teeth and enamel while they are developing. Additionally, dental sealants are often recommended to reduce tooth cavities and decay. Dr. Henegar may also address teeth that have signs of decay or are damaged, chipped, or broken by creating an effective treatment plan. Dr. Henegar will encourage your child to keep up a healthy brushing and flossing routine and can provide helpful tips and tricks so your child can have great oral health!
Pediatric dentistry FAQs
When should my child have their first dental appointment?
Dr. Henegar recommends parents and guardians take their children to the dentist by the time they turn one year old. Children can also receive a dental exam soon after the eruption of their first tooth. After your initial dental exam, our office can let you know if there are any next steps and when to schedule the next appointment.
How do I clean my child's teeth?
Pediatric dentists usually don't recommend using toothbrushes until a child is at least three years old. They can be damaging to baby teeth and permanent teeth during the eruption phase. After this phase, it's okay to use a toothbrush that you swap out regularly. There are many kinds of toothbrushes specifically designed with young children in mind.
Is thumb sucking harmful?
There are different opinions on thumb sucking. Most pediatric dentists say that it's okay to allow children to suck their thumbs until they're old enough to stop, usually around two years old. When permanent teeth begin to erupt, it's best to encourage your child to stop thumb sucking. Otherwise, this could lead to tooth misalignment or spaces in between the teeth.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $200 - $400
- How Long It Takes
- 1 – 2 Hours
Create Healthy Oral Habits
Help your child create great dental health habits for the remainder of their lifetime by making annual oral exams and twice-yearly dental cleaning appointments at R. Asher Henegar, D.D.S., P.A. Dr. Henegar and his team consider it very important to begin getting dental care early in life to start preventive steps and minimize future issues from developing. To schedule a pediatric dental examination for your son or daughter, contact our practice in Colorado Springs, CO.