Pediatric Dentistry

As a general dentist Dr. Shirley Parikh adapts all of her services to patients of all ages, including those as young as one year old. Bristles is committed to improving oral health beginning shortly after birth and is critical for long-term care. Bristles Family Dentistry in Houston offers a welcoming environment that adapts to children’s needs and expectations. Call Dr. Parikh’s practice today or book an appointment online for your child.


Pediatric Dentistry Q & A

Do Bristles offer Pediatric Services? 

Dr. Shirley Parikh serves children as young as 1 year old. She adapts her services for infants, children, and teens and offers safe methods to reduce pain, such as nitrous oxide to ease any discomfort throughout dental procedures.

Dr. Parikh has a great deal of experience working with young children and fosters a warm and welcoming environment.

How can I prepare my child for a visit to the dentist?

You might expect your child to feel anxious about visiting the dentist, especially as they grow older and more aware. As a parent, you may be able to ease your child’s apprehension by communicating with them before the appointment.

In addition to discussing any actions that might help with Dr. Parikh, you can try explaining to your child what will happen during the visit, such as: “The dentist will count your teeth.” You might also show pictures or have your child draw what might happen at the dentist’s office.

What does a child’s first visit to the dentist entail?

Upon the emergence of your child’s first tooth, you should schedule a visit with Dr. Parikh. A child’s first dental visit usually only requires a superficial exam and no real treatment. It’s more of a brief visit to introduce your child to a Dr. Parikh in a non-threatening manner. The first visit involves:

  • Examining your child’s existing teeth for potential decay
  • Testing your child’s bite
  • Looking out for problems in the jaw, gums, and oral tissues

If necessary, Dr. Parikh may suggest a teeth cleaning procedure. She’ll then help you get acquainted with basic oral hygiene for your child, as well as potential dental developmental issues that may arise. Additional topics may include:

  • Fluoride needs
  • Oral habits, such as thumb sucking
  • Teething
  • Proper nutrition
  • Scheduling regular dental checkups

The staff will likely need medical records, so be prepared with necessary information. Don’t hesitate to contact Bristles Family Dentistry with any questions or concerns about your child’s first visits to the dentist.

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