Early Dental Care


Exceptional Pediatric Dentistry In Albuquerque

At Meckler Pediatric Dentistry, we know that you may have questions about your child’s dental care. We want both you and your child to feel confident and comfortable about his or her smile. From the first dental visit to teething, we provide the information and answers you need to help make decisions about appointments, healthy teeth and more. Dr. Meckler and staff are committed to providing comprehensive pediatric dental care to our patients.

Our Albuquerque pediatric dental practice proudly serves Rio Rancho, Bernalillo, Placitas and surrounding areas with exceptional children’s dental care.

Your Baby’s New Teeth

Children’s primary (baby) teeth play a key role in dental development. They need them to chew food properly, speak clearly and guide permanent teeth into place.

Since primary teeth guide the permanent teeth into place, young children with missing primary teeth or who prematurely lose primary teeth may require a space maintainer, a device used to hold the natural space open. Without a maintainer, the teeth can tilt toward the empty space and cause permanent teeth to come in crooked. Your child establishes oral hygiene habits with his or her baby teeth, so they play a critical role in how he/she treats permanent teeth. Children are just as susceptible to plaque and gum problems as adults, so the need for regular care and dental checkups is equally as important.

Preventing Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

Tooth decay in infants can be minimized or even prevented by not allowing sleeping infants to breast or bottle-feed. Infants that need a bottle to comfortably fall asleep should be given a water-filled bottle or a pacifier. Meckler Pediatric Dentistry is dedicated to fighting baby bottle tooth decay, so contact us immediately if you notice any signs of decay or anything unusual in your child's mouth.

When Your Child Starts Teething

The first tooth normally erupts between the ages of 6 to 12 months. Gums are sore, tender and can sometimes be irritated off and on until your child reaches the age of 3. Rubbing sore gums gently with a clean finger, the back of a cold spoon or a cold, wet cloth helps soothe the gums. Teething rings work well, but avoid teething biscuits – they contain sugar that is not good for baby teeth.

During teething, remember:

  • Examine your child’s teeth, focusing on the inside (tongue side) every two weeks for dull spots (whiter than the tooth surface) or lines.
  • Leaving a bottle containing anything other than water in an infant's mouth during sleep can cause decay.
  • After drinking liquids containing sugar, acids attack teeth and normally saliva carries away the liquid, but during sleep, the saliva flow decreases and liquids pool around teeth, covering the teeth in acids.

Your Child’s Diet and Teeth

Your child’s teeth, bones and soft tissue of the mouth need a healthy, well-balanced diet. A variety of foods from the five food groups help minimize (and avoid) cavities and other dental problems. Common children’s snacks cause cavities, so focus on healthy foods like vegetables, low-fat yogurt and cheeses in your child’s diet, which promote strong teeth.

Your Child’s First Dental Visit

A child's first dental visit should be scheduled around his/her 1st birthday. The most important part of the visit is you and your child getting to know and becoming comfortable with Dr. Meckler and his staff. A pleasant, comfortable first visit builds trust and helps put your child at ease during future dental visits.

Contact Our Albuquerque Pediatric Dental Office

Thank you for considering Meckler Pediatric Dentistry as your children’s dentist. We specialize in early dental treatment to provide your children with the best care in a safe environment. Your children’s oral health starts at home and continues in our office, so schedule a consultation today! Contact us at our Albuquerque office to schedule your appointment.