Family Dentistry Services in Denton, TX

Caring for Your and Your Child's Smile

A happy family

Navigating your child's dental care can be challenging, considering busy school and work schedules and the common issue of dental anxiety among kids who may dread teeth cleanings. At Garden Oaks Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, our Denton, TX, dentist and the dental team prioritize your convenience by offering comprehensive dental services for your entire family under one roof. Say goodbye to the hassle of juggling appointments between different dentists and locations.

Dr. Patrick Ruehle, with ample experience in treating young patients, understands the unique challenges of children's dental visits. We’re dedicated to creating a comfortable environment where your child feels at ease. Our goal extends beyond routine dental care; we aim to eliminate their fear of dental appointments, transforming the experience into a rewarding one. Trust us to safeguard your child's dental health while making the process as convenient and positive as possible. Call our Denton office at (940) 566-4888 to schedule your appointment.

Why Choose Our Family Dentistry Practice in Denton, TX

One of the most important parts of caring for our young patients is educating them about proper oral hygiene. We’ll make sure they understand the importance of keeping their teeth healthy with daily brushing and flossing. If they’re still too young to brush and floss alone, we’ll encourage you to do it with them and turn oral care into a fun family activity.

Our children’s area features toys, books, mazes, and other entertainment that will keep your child occupied while they wait. We’ll even reward them with a prize to take home for following instructions and behaving well during their appointment.

Dentistry Services for Children

Dental Cleanings and Exams

Just like adults, your child should come in for dental cleanings and exams at least twice a year. Our approach to pediatric dental cleanings goes beyond the routine, focusing on the significance of early oral hygiene habits. Our gentle and kid-friendly cleaning techniques not only effectively remove plaque and tartar during these visits but also aim to make the experience enjoyable.

Our dental team takes the time to educate young patients on the importance of maintaining healthy gums and teeth. By creating a comfortable environment, we ensure that children feel at ease during their cleanings, laying the foundation for a positive attitude toward dental care as they grow. Additionally, during these visits, we monitor the development of their teeth, keeping a vigilant eye out for any potential issues such as impacted wisdom teeth.

Dental Fillings

Cavities in children can be a common concern, and our dental fillings for young patients are designed with their comfort in mind. Our experienced dentists use tooth-colored fillings, not only to effectively treat cavities but also to preserve the natural appearance of their smiles.

We take the time to explain the process to both children and parents, ensuring that they feel informed and at ease throughout the treatment. By making the experience as pleasant as possible, we aim to instill a positive association with dental care in children from an early age.

Periodontic Treatments

Gum health is a crucial aspect of overall oral well-being, even for children. Our pediatric periodontics services focus on preventive measures and targeted treatments to address gum issues.

We work closely with parents to educate them on the importance of maintaining optimal gum health in children and provide guidance on effective oral care practices at home. Through regular check-ups and proactive care, we aim to create a foundation for lifelong gum health in our young patients.

Tongue-Tie Release

Tongue-tie issues can impact a child's oral function, and our specialized treatments focus on safe and effective tongue-tie releases. Our experienced pediatric dentistry team assesses each case individually, considering the unique needs of the child.

We prioritize the well-being and comfort of our young patients, ensuring that the procedure is performed with precision and care. By addressing tongue-tie issues early on, we contribute to improved oral function and overall well-being for children.

SureSmile® Orthodontics

Early orthodontic interventions can play a crucial role in addressing potential alignment issues in children. Our SureSmile® Orthodontics services combine cutting-edge technology with a personalized approach to provide efficient and comfortable orthodontic experiences for young patients.

We engage with both children and parents, explaining the benefits of early intervention and the SureSmile® system. By making orthodontic care a positive and collaborative process, we aim to set the stage for a confident and healthy smile as children transition into adolescence and beyond.

Laser Dental Care

We’re proud to feature the Waterlase iPlus® dental laser at our practice. This advanced technology gives our dentists the ability to treat cavities without the need for shots or drilling. As a result, your child can enjoy a pain-free experience and maximum comfort in the dental chair.

The laser is so precise and accurate that it can target decay and infection without damaging any healthy tissue. It’ll numb and fill your child’s tooth without them feeling a thing, and no novocaine or anesthesia is necessary. By providing your child with a pain-free experience, we’ll help reduce their anxiety for any necessary dental treatments in the future.

Frequently Asked Questions

When should I bring my child for their first dental appointment?

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that every child get a dental checkup when their first tooth erupts, or no later than their first birthday. Instilling oral care habits in your child early will help them maintain a healthy smile when they become an adult. Their dentist will also provide them with the care and guidance needed to continue practicing a healthy oral hygiene regimen.

What if my child is anxious or scared of visiting the dentist?

Understandably, many children fear visiting the dentist. That’s why family dentists specialize in creating a friendly and comfortable office environment. This includes featuring toys, books, and other forms of entertainment to keep them engaged while they’re waiting. By taking them to the dentist while they’re young, your child builds the confidence needed to continue visiting them for future appointments.

At what age can my child start using fluoride toothpaste?

Children can start using fluoride toothpaste as soon as their first tooth erupts. Use a smear of toothpaste for children under three and a pea-sized amount for those aged three to six. Parents should always supervise toothbrushing to ensure proper use.

Does dental insurance cover pediatric care?

Dental insurance covers most if not all of the costs related to pediatric dental care. It includes routine exams, professional cleanings, and any X-rays taken during appointments. Your dentist can take your information and see what benefits you and your child are entitled to. Most dentists will recommend contacting your provider to confirm your coverage.

Protect the Oral Health of All of Your Loved Ones

At Garden Oaks Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Ruehle and our friendly dental team have years of experience helping even our youngest patients maintain their smiles. We know exactly how to keep your child feeling comfortable while prioritizing their safety and oral health.

Call our Denton, TX office at (940) 566-4888 or fill out our online contact form to schedule your child’s initial consultation. We also serve patients in Robinson, Oaks, and Corinth, TX.