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Why your Child should be going to a Pediatric Dentist

Why is the tooth fairy so smart? Because she has a lot of wisdom teeth!

Houston Pediatric DentistBe as smart as the tooth fairy and take your kids to a pediatric dentist, also known as a pedodontist. Just like you would take your kid to the pediatrician, children deserve distinctive care for their mouth with a professional who specializes in working just with youngsters. A pediatric dentist is certified in treating children and adolescents regarding dental work and their oral health.

Just like any other doctor, how do you know that you’ve found the right one? Here are 3 reasons why a pedodontist at Summit Dental Center is the best choice for your child.

Our pediatric dentists have a special touch

Our pedodontists have at least two to three years of specialized training after dental school to understand and master how to deal with young and often scared or anxious patients. Considering that many of our pedodontists are parents themselves, it should not be a surprise that they entered a profession where their focus is being empathetic of children’s anxieties about the dentist and making each child feel special.

            Positive reinforcement

Pedodontists are trained to deal with young children. Just like teachers, our specialists know how to handle children who are worried about dentist visits and understand why it can be scary. Plus, we have cool gift bags! Doesn’t everyone love a gift bag?

            I do, we do, you do

Again, just like teachers, pediatric dentists are trained in techniques using simple language and lots of visual cues to calm children who might be unsure or frightened.

All in the family

With seven locations throughout the Houston area and Saturday appointments, each office has general dentists and specialists, such as a pediatric dentists, under the same roof. That means you and your child can go to the dentist together. Plus, we offer an incentive for new cash patients — your child’s initial exam and x-rays are only $25. This is to ensure we have options available to assist with your child’s needs and your budget.


Each location has a children’s area with popular kid movies playing throughout the day to make them feel more at ease and comfortable. Hosting our dentists and specialists under the same roof increases the chance of your child getting the individualized care he or she deserves.

            Worrisome statistics drive our passion

According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation, over 1/5 of American children did not have preventive dental care in 2017. Imagine what would happen to a child, whose body and immune system are still developing, ignoring something simple as going to the dentist. According to the CDC, cavities are one of the most common prolonged infections in children and the statistics speak for themselves.

Two decades of experience

Summit Dental Center has been working on kids and their teeth for more than 20 years. Since we are experts in pediatric dentistry, we can immediately catch even the smallest problem, whether it is abnormal jaw growth or sensitive gums.

Customer service perfection

Our practice has worked hard over the years to provide a friendly environment and a calm experience for children. Coined as a “great dentist for kids”, Summit Dental Center takes pride in its reputation, but especially in our clients like your child.

Medicaid and CHIP

Our practice has also worked with many different financial situations. Summit Dental Center proudly welcomes Medicaid/CHIP recipients. In Texas, children and teenagers covered under Medicaid/CHIP are usually eligible to receive a free dental checkup every 6 months, which includes an exam and cleaning. Dental x-rays are also offered at no cost to the patient every 6 months. Therefore, because our offices accept a variety of payment methods, including government assistance, there is absolutely no reason stopping your child going to the dentist.

Here are 5 reasons why it is important for your child to see a pediatric dentist:

  1. By bringing your child to the dentist, even right after his or her first birthday, problems can be spotted early.
  1. Fluoride varnish should be put on your child’s teeth as soon as they come in to protect them. Dental sealants can prevent cavities for many years. That’s a lot of lollipops!
  1. If you feel you’re not doing a thorough job teaching your children how to brush their teeth, let our professionals handle it!
  1. Dental x-rays at a young age can warn you of problems in your child’s teeth before they start.
  1. Starting dental care early instills good habits in children. 

Here are 4 reasons why it is important for your teenager to see a pediatric dentist:

  1. The need for wisdom teeth extraction can be caught early.
  1. An evaluation of a child’s bite is important, whether it be an underbite, crossbite, overbite, or open bite.
  1. Your child can be assessed if he or she needs braces.
  1. Your child can become educated on the relationship between oral health and sports, regarding such things as mouth guards.

There is absolutely no reason your child should not be going to the dentist. Summit Dental Center cares about the oral health of your child. Contact us or come in today to any of our seven locations to start your kid on a great path to oral health.