Albuquerque Family Dentistry - Children and Kid's Dentist
At our Albuquerque family dentistry office, we offer comprehensive dental care to both children and adults in the community. Valerie A. Wroblewski, D.D.S. has been offering family dentistry in Albuquerque since 1984. We take a preventative approach to dentistry and strive to offer complete dental care throughout our patients' lifetimes. We aim to reinforce proper oral health care throughout all aspects of treatment and start seeing children as young as eighteen months old in order to promote proper oral hygiene techniques. We recommend you bring your child in for a full dental evaluation to check teeth, bite position, jaw joints, and more. We try to focus on overall oral health, and we strongly value patient education. Our patients are taught the importance of regular dental care and the affect it can have on a person's general health.
Our Albuquerque family dentist meets the dental needs of infants, toddlers, school-age children, adolescents, adults, and seniors. Some of the many procedures we offer to our patients include dental implants, composite fillings, and dental crowns. If there is treatment that requires an outside specialist, we have a fantastic network of individuals whom Dr. Wroblewski has worked with for many years. We strongly believe in our multi-provider approach, which allows our patients to receive the most complete care without having to travel far.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that children see a dentist approximately six months after the emergence of the first primary tooth. Though this might seem early, biannual preventative dental appointments are imperative for excellent oral health.
Parents should take children to see a family dentist for the following reasons:
- To ask questions about new or ongoing issues.
- To discover how to begin a “no tears” oral care program in the home.
- To find out how to implement oral injury prevention strategies in the home.
- To find out whether the child is at risk for developing caries (cavities).
- To receive information about extinguishing unwanted oral habits (e.g., finger-sucking, etc.).
- To receive preventative treatments (fluorides and sealants).
- To receive reports about how the child’s teeth and jaws are growing and developing.
What does a family dentist do?
Family dentistry offices are relaxed, fun, and child-friendly. Dental phobias are often rooted in childhood, so it is essential that the child feel comfortable, safe, and trusting of the dentist from the outset.
The family dentist focuses on several different forms of oral care:
Prevention – Tooth decay is the most prevalent childhood ailment. Fortunately, it is almost completely preventable. Aside from providing advice and guidance relating to home care, the dentist can apply sealants and fluoride treatments to protect tooth enamel and minimize the risk of cavities.
Early detection – Examinations, X-rays, and computer modeling allow the dentist to predict future oral problems. Examples include malocclusion (bad bite), attrition due to grinding (bruxism), and jaw irregularities. In some cases, optimal outcomes are best achieved by starting treatment early.
Treatment – Family dentists offer a wide range of treatments. Aside from preventative treatments (fluoride and sealant applications), the dentist also performs pulp therapy and treats oral trauma. If primary teeth are lost too soon, space maintainers may be provided to ensure the teeth do not become misaligned.
Education – Education is a major part of any dental practice. Not only can the dentist help the child understand the importance of daily oral care, but parents can also get advice on toothpaste selection, diet, thumb-sucking cessation, and a wide range of related topics.
Updates – Family dentists are well informed about the latest advances in the dentistry field. For example, Xylitol (a naturally occurring sugar substitute) has recently been shown to protect young teeth against cavities, tooth decay, and harmful bacteria. Children who do not see the dentist regularly may miss out on both beneficial information and information about new diagnostic procedures.
If you have questions or concerns about when to see a family dentist, please contact our office.