At Hutto Premier Dentistry, our practice philosophy regarding children is in step with the recommendations of multiple professional organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association. We recommend that parents bring their children for a first dental visit no later than age one.
It is well established that early dental care is the best way to prevent decay and guide your child into a lifetime of healthy, beautiful teeth.
Many dental problems often start early, so the sooner that first visit occurs, the better. If there are concerns, we can provide or recommend special preventive care to safeguard against problems, such as baby bottle tooth decay, teething irritations, gum disease, and prolonged thumb-sucking. The most common problem found in children is tooth decay. While decay in small children is found in baby teeth, it is very important to maintain baby teeth! Baby teeth help children to speak clearly, chew correctly, and hold space for the future eruption of permanent teeth. If a baby tooth decays or is removed too early, the space necessary for the permanent tooth can be lost and then must be regained through orthodontic treatment. Infected baby teeth also harm the development of permanent teeth.
As general dentists, we can refer children to a pediatric dentist if needed. Pediatric dentists are specially trained to handle problems particular to children, such as dental developmental difficulties, deep sedation of children, and treatment of special needs children. However, most children can be treated by a general dentist and at Hutto Premier Dentistry, most children are treated in our office without referral to another location. As general dentists, we often have a relationship with the entire family and therefore have a great deal of family history knowledge, which may apply to your child. We can also guide your child from the early years, through adolescence, and into a lifetime of healthy teeth as an adult. Also, unlike some dental offices, at Hutto Premier Dentistry parents are always welcome to join us and watch us perform treatment on their child!
At Hutto Premier Dentistry, Dr. McEntire, Dr. Marek, and the entire team cater to kids. With cartoons above our dental chairs, computer games, balloons, stickers, Mojo the Monkey, prizes, and a kid-friendly team, children find our office FUN!
I earned my Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the prestigious University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School, graduating with dual Honors.