I am sure most readers will have heard the old adage, in one form or another, “Take care of your teeth and they will take care of you”. We are all taught to brush our teeth and the importance of caring for them during our early childhood and school years. But did you know that dental care should actually begin from the moment a child’s first tooth emerges?
Most pediatric dentist’s say that the child should be taken to the pediatric dentist within six months of their first tooth appearing, or no later than his/her first birthday.
While there are many pediatric dentists in the Albuquerque area, I have listed a few I felt I would be comfortable taking my own children to see.
1) Rachelle L Shaw
4620C Jefferson Lane NE
Open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
Brightly decorated office with a space theme, featuring three computers running educational, space-themed software, video game machines, and other entertaining features. She offers a full range of pediatric dentistry, and accepts many insurances, as well as Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.
2) Kids First Dental Care
7711 Zuni Rd. SE.
Open Mon – Thursday, 8am – 4.30pm.
They accept Medicaid and most insurances. They offer a warm and friendly family-oriented environment with plenty of films, toys, and magazines in the waiting area. Parents and family are welcome in treatment areas, which is something that a parent should always look for. One of the features Kids First Offers is Digital X-rays, which use less radiation.
3) KID’S CHOICE Dental
6211 4th St. NW, Suite 13, inside the Smith’s shopping center.
Open Tuesday – Friday, 7:30am – 5.30pm.
They accept Medicaid and most insurance. They offer a “Friendly, Caring, Fun Environment” with a variety of video games and machines and run films all day. Some of the services they provide are crowns, bridge work, extractions, white and silver fillings, and minor orthodontics. Parents are allowed to go back with children under 3 years old for cleanings.
4) After Hours Pediatrics
9201 Montgomery Blvd NE # 201
Montgomery Office, Mon – Fri, 8AM to 11PM,
Westside Office, Mon – Fri, 8AM to 9PM.
Weekends and Holidays, 2PM to 9PM.
As well as the after hours services, they also provide traditional pediatric services from 8AM to 5PM weekdays. They accept VISA, MasterCard and American Express, personal and traveler’s checks, Medicaid and a vast number of insurances.