Children & Teen Dentistry
Your Child’s 1st Dental Visit
One of the most common questions among new parents is, “When should I start taking my child to the dentist?”
It really is a great question, and many parents do not have all the information they need. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) suggests that children first see a dentist at as early as 6 months old, and no later than their first year of age. After the initial visit, it is recommended that children continue seeing a dentist every 6 months. During the first visit, our dentists and clinical care team are able to educate parents on at-home care and good oral hygiene habits. We’re also able to show parents the proper way children should brush and floss, and we can discuss any dietary recommendations to keep their child’s smile healthy.
Why A Pediatric Dental Office Is Best For Your Child
All of our pediatric dental practices have the technology and equipment to provide the best possible care for our young patients. Ask yourself: Would you take your child to a general practitioner or a pediatrician? The same concept applies to your child’s dental needs. There are several advantages to taking your children to an office that specializes in pediatric dentistry. Although a general dentist is able to provide care for the whole family, a pediatric dentist has specialized in and uses key techniques to help your child feel comfortable and cater to their unique needs as a patient. Typically, children behave differently, and a pediatric dentist will utilize these techniques and their experience with voice control, guidance throughout any emotional state the child conveys, and ease their fears as a result. We are able to make their entire experience a “fun” one with video games appropriate for any age in all locations, movie theaters in our Dacula & Lilburn locations, and surprise visits from our very own dental health ambassador, “Tebo The Tooth!” Tebo also visits hundreds of schools and daycares to host educational dental presentations all throughout Gwinnett and Hall County to explain the importance of practicing proper dental health for children ages K-2nd grade, and he even gives each child a dental kit during National Dental Health Month. The proactive approach of our community service changes the perception of what it means to go to the dentist for a young child, and Tebo’s presence helps reduce anxiety and nervousness children have that are often associated with routine visits to the dentist.
Children & Teens
When young children “graduate” from our pediatric practice at age 13, they become patients in our Teen Zone, where we start seeing teens as young as 14-years old, all the way up to age 21. The Teen Zone environment is designed for the unique and special dental needs of teenagers. For this reason, they tend to need more time with our dental professionals during their dental visits. With permanent dentition, or adult teeth, there are an array of dental needs that are best suited for a teen/young adult environment. Most of our teen patients feel more comfortable in an environment that feels less childish and more mature, so we cater the environment to their interests including content displayed on TV channels, in magazines, on iPads we provide them while they wait, and more.
In our office, we accept most private PPO insurances in addition to Medicaid insurances such as Amerigroup, Wellcare, CareSource, and PeachState. We have a dedicated Insurance Verification Team that specializes in verifying your insurance benefits prior to your visit— all as a courtesy to our patients (or the parents of our pediatric patients). Our Patient Care Specialists are trained to understand and apply your insurance benefits to provide you with an estimate that expedites the ability to get dental treatment done sooner than waiting for your insurance pre-authorization of benefits. Our team is experienced and knowledgeable. We hold trainings weekly to ensure consistency and standardization amongst doctors, clinical, and administrative staff. Our goal is provide a home for each of our patients where they receive the quality dental care they need and deserve so that they never feel they have to leave. We also educate our patients so they can appreciate the importance of their dental health and be a positive influence on their family and friends.
It is our mission to educate you and your family on the benefits of practicing proper oral hygiene for a lifetime. We are committed to offering a patient experience that encourages our guests to want to tell their friends and bring their families. We thank you for your interest in Tebo Dentistry For Kids, and we look forward to seeing you and your child at their next appointment!