Pediatric Dentistry

At Needville Family Dentistry, we genuinely enjoy treating children. We are proud to play a part in their lives by ensuring that their smiles are healthy and that they view dentistry in a positive light. 

Dr. Jennifer Kunkel and Dr. Kathryn Davis love working with children of all ages. As the mom of five amazing kids, Dr. Kunkel understands that positivity is the key and knows how to ensure that children’s dental visits are a fun and interesting adventure. 

The Important Role That Baby Teeth Play

It’s easy to think that baby teeth aren’t important because they eventually fall out. However, they actually play an important role in your child’s early dental development. 

Baby or primary teeth help your child learn how to form words and chew their first foods. Another function of baby teeth is to hold space in your child’s jaw, allowing permanent teeth to emerge in the correct position.

Losing a baby tooth before it’s ready to come out on its own opens a space into which neighboring teeth can drift. Sometimes this tooth movement can lead to crowding or misalignment when permanent teeth erupt.

Your Child’s Age-One Dental Visit

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends dental visits for children starting at age one or when the first baby tooth appears. At this young age, the goal is to help kids get used to an entirely new environment where they’ll meet new people and see all sorts of odd-looking machines.

Parents often feel a little apprehensive about how their child will react. Rest assured—we’ve got this! We help gradually build their confidence by letting them sit in the dental chair, look in the little mirror, or showing them cool equipment like “Mr. Thirsty.” 

The goal is not to push a child who’s simply not ready and end every dental visit on a happy, positive note. 

Comprehensive Children's Dentistry in Needville, TX

Comprehensive children’s dentistry for kids in Needville, Wharton, Boling-Lago, Fairchilds, Crabb that includes:

Dental Exams and Cleanings Every Six Months

Our dentists follow the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry's recommendation that children have dental exams and teeth cleanings at six-month intervals. When we see them at these intervals, we can check for signs of cavities and gum disease and take prompt steps to treat them.

Preventive Dentistry for Children

Preventive dentistry for children in our community includes dental sealants and supplemental fluoride applications, both helpful in preventing cavities from forming. 

A sealant is a plastic coating placed on teeth with deep grooves and pits that attract and hold bacteria. When we harden the material with a curing light, it protects your child’s teeth from cavities for several years. 

Fluoride not only minimizes the risk of tooth decay but also helps repair early cavities before they’re visible. If our dentists will check your child’s teeth and determine if a supplemental fluoride application would be beneficial

If your child plays any contact sports, we highly recommend protecting their precious teeth with a custom sports mouthguard made using impressions of their teeth.

Schedule Your Child’s First Dental Visit

At Needville Family Dentistry, we enjoy welcoming children of all ages to our fun and friendly dental office. If your toddler’s ready for their first visit, or you have an older child who needs dental sealants, we can help.

Call us today to schedule an appointment at our Needville dental office.