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A Lifetime of Smiles Begins Here

Your child’s smile can make your day no matter what else is going on in your life, so you want to do everything you can to ensure it stays healthy and bright. As a busy parent, know that the friendly, committed, and passionate dental expertise your child deserves is available right here in Katy at Wellspring Pediatric Dentistry. Many parents ask why they should bring their child to a pediatric dentist as opposed to a general dentist, and we’re more than happy to answer.

How Is a Pediatric Dentist Different from a General Dentist?

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Both pediatric dentists and general dentists graduate from dental school. At this point, a general dentist can start practicing. However, in order to become a pediatric dentist, a person must then undergo years of specialized training that specifically focuses on meeting the dental needs of patients aged 0-18 years old. Dr. Metha completed her pediatric residency at the University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago, making her an expert when it comes to taking care of growing smiles. 

What Are the Benefits of Taking My Child to a Pediatric Dentist?

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The first benefit is the simplest—by taking your child to a pediatric dentist, you can know for certain that the dentist actually likes working with children! Plus, it’s important to point out that the dental needs of kids are much different than adults. Their mouths are changing rapidly, and depending on their age, being able to keep them calm and comfortable is extremely important and requires finesse. Overall, pediatric dentists are able to deliver a higher quality experience and bond with your child while offering care that suits their stage of development.

What Ages Do Pediatric Dentists Treat?

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Pediatric dentists do much more than treat toddlers! Dr. Mehta is happy to see children of all ages, from infants to teens. Nothing makes her happier than bonding with a child at a young age and watching them thrive as the years go by, ensuring they can confidently show their smile no matter what life throws at them. 

Dentistry for Infants

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In addition to offering basic wellness checks to ensure your child’s mouth is developing correctly, Dr. Mehta can also perform quick and comfortable laser frenectomies for children struggling to breastfeed due to lip or tongue ties. She’s also an excellent resource for new parents—she loves answering questions to give families peace of mind!

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Dentistry for Toddlers

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As the teeth start to come in, Dr. Mehta can make sure any potential issues are caught and treated early before they turn into bigger problems down the road. She can also work with you to establish a consistent dental hygiene routine at home so your little one can avoid early-age cavities.

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Dentistry for Children

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Dr. Mehta will make sure that your child’s mouth stays in great shape as they start to lose teeth and spend more time around their peers at school, allowing them to just enjoy being a kid without having to worry about their smile.

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Dentistry for Teens

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When a child enters their teenage years, Dr. Mehta will keep a close eye on how their adult teeth are coming in so she can recommend orthodontics if necessary before any crookedness or crowding becomes too advanced. Of course, no one is perfect, so she’s also able to repair any cavities or chipped teeth that pop up along the way.

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Children with Special Needs

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A core part of Dr. Mehta’s specialty training focused on working with children with a wide variety of special needs. We understand that taking a child to the dentist with physical, mental, sensory, or behavioral issues can be a challenge, but we have experience and can make any accommodations necessary to deliver comfortable care.

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