Our office is designed to be your Childs “First Dental Home”. We recommend the prevention of tooth decay by scheduling an appointment as early as six months of age.

Help us make your child first vist to the dentist enjoyable by omitting words like "needle", "shot", "pull", "drill" or "hurt". We will use other terms and words with the same message, yet playful!

If your child is under three years of age, we will have a “knee to knee” exam, in which the dentist and the parent can start an early guidance to erupting teeth, tooth decay prevention and the start of oral health habits. We recommend appointments every three months until your child turns three years of age or unless is indicated.

If your child is over the age of three, will take the necessary x-rays to not only detect early tooth decay but also to monitor the eruption of their teeth and determine the need of early orthodontic involvement?

Please visit the Patient Forms Section to print and complete the new patient forms to bring with you to the first visit.

DENTAL CARE FOR YOUR BABY

When should my child first see a dentist?

"First visit by first birthday" sums it up. Your child should visit a pediatric dentist when the first tooth comes in, usually between 6 and 12 months of age. This visit will establish a dental home for your child. Early examination and preventive care will protect your child’s smile now and in the future.

Why so early?

What dental problems could a baby have?
The most important reason is to begin a thorough prevention program. Dental problems can begin early. A big concern is Early Childhood Caries (formerly known as baby bottle tooth decay or nursing caries). Once a child’s diet includes anything besides breast-milk, erupted teeth are at risk for decay. The earlier the dental visit, the better the chance of preventing dental problems. Children with healthy teeth chew food easily and smile with confidence. Start your child now on a lifetime of good dental habits.

How can I prevent tooth decay from nursing or using a bottle?

At-will breast-feeding should be avoided after the first primary (baby) teeth begin to erupt and other sources of nutrition have been introduced. Children should not fall asleep with a bottle containing anything other than water. Drinking juice from a bottle should be avoided. Fruit juice should only be offered in a cup with meals or at snack time.

When should bottle-feeding be stopped?

Children should be weaned from the bottle at 12-14 months of age.

Pediatric Dentist
Maria Calcina, DDS
Clay Dental
19214 Clay Road, #D
Katy Texas 77449
281-463-4333

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