To promote good oral health into adulthood, every child should receive routine dental care. At Your Child's Dentist in San Antonio, Leticia Gutierrez Jeffords, DDS, MS, offers comprehensive pediatric dentistry services, including cavity prevention, fluoride treatments, and newborn oral health evaluations, to give your kids a head start on the path to dental health. Learn more about the available pediatric dentistry services by calling the San Antonio office or using the online booking tool.
Children begin getting their baby teeth when they are around six months old, and they should have their first visit with Dr. Gutierrez by their first birthday. During these early visits, Dr. Gutierrez can evaluate your child’s overall oral health. She can also review risk factors for certain oral diseases based on their current health and their family medical history.
Dr. Gutierrez and her staff also provide you with preventive care resources to help you properly care for your baby’s teeth and gums throughout the different phases of development.
Pediatric dentistry services address the unique dental needs of children. Dr. Gutierrez offers care for children of all ages, from newborns to young adults, including routine dental cleanings and preventive care services.
Available pediatric dentistry services include:
Additionally, Dr. Gutierrez provides newborn evaluations to address health issues affecting the lip and tongue, including tongue-tie syndrome.
Tongue-tie syndrome is a condition that affects newborn babies at birth when the tongue doesn’t properly separate from the floor of the mouth. A tight band of tissue limits the range of motion in the tongue, in some cases interfering with breastfeeding.
If left untreated, tongue-tie syndrome can cause additional complications, including difficulties speaking, eating, and swallowing.
To correct the issue, Dr. Gutierrez can recommend a simple surgery known as a frenotomy to free the tongue. The procedure can be done in the dental office with or without anesthesia. In some cases, a more complex surgery is necessary to repair tongue dysfunction.
Gum disease can develop in children due to poor oral care or as the result of hormonal changes common in puberty. Symptoms of the disease include red, swollen gums, increased gum sensitivity, bleeding gums, and persistent bad breath.
To prevent the progression of the disease, early diagnosis is important. Dr. Gutierrez can evaluate your child’s risk for gum disease through routine dental checkups and a review of their overall health. She can recommend preventive care tips to prevent disease, beginning when your child is around 12 months old.
Learn more about the available pediatric dental services at Your Child's Dentist by calling the San Antonio office or using the convenient online booking feature.