Children's Dentistry in Hot Springs, AR
At Benton Family Dentistry, we welcome patients of all ages, including your littlest family members! We cherish our time spent with kids and many of our team members are parents themselves, so we understand that giving your little one the best care is important.
Your Child’s First Dental Visit
To ensure a lifetime of good oral health, your child’s dental care routine needs to start early. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, your child should have their first dental appointment by their first birthday. This early opportunity gives us the chance to communicate with you, the parent, and familiarize your little one with the dental office environment.
A ride in the dental chair, an oral exam, and time to ask questions will all be a part of your child’s first visit. We will also share valuable information about what to expect as your child grows.
We can spend time talking about common habits such as bottles and thumb sucking as well as nutritional tips to keep your child’s primary teeth as healthy as possible.
Children’s Dentistry through All Stages of Development
Dr. Benton believes the most important qualities to consider when finding a dentist for your child is the dentist’s experience and comfort level with treating children as well as communicating the child’s needs to the parent.
Each child will have a different comfort level with dental appointments. That comfort level often fluctuates with different developmental stages, so having a dentist that is comfortable working through each stage with the child and explaining treatment needed to the parent is important.
Ongoing Pediatric Dental Care
As your child grows, we will tailor their treatment to meet their health level, dental needs, and comfort level. If restorations such as fillings become necessary, we always make sure to treat your little one with the same care and compassion we have for our own kids. We believe in gentle dentistry and that having a filling can be a pain-free and anxiety-free experience for your child.
Communication with parents is always a number one priority! At each appointment, we will share what we see and work with you to maintain your child’s happy, healthy smile.
Implementing preventive care such as dental sealants and fluoride treatments alongside regular dental cleanings and exams can help can help to avoid dental decay. Diagnostic images and monitoring oral health changes allow us to treat any conditions that arise early when they are the easiest to treat!
Our partnership with parents gives your child an excellent start to maintaining a healthy smile for a lifetime.