The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that your child see a pediatric dentist at age one or six months after they get their first tooth. This serves as an opportunity to meet the doctors, learn how to best care for your child's teeth, and have a thorough exam. Visiting a pediatric dentist is the best way to ensure optimal oral health for your child.
Dr. Lockhart completed a 2-year residency, after 4 years of dental school, in order to specialize in pediatric dentistry. During her training, Dr. Lockhart gained extensive knowledge for the treatment of infants, children, adolescents, and special needs patients.
During the first visit, we will focus on getting to know your child, and we will give you some oral hygiene instructions specific to the needs of your child. Our desire is to introduce your child to our dental tools and the dental environment while easing any anxiety and fears. Dr. Lockhart will examine your child's teeth for placement and general health. If necessary, we will perform a cleaning, fluoride treatment and possibly take x-rays. We will be glad to answer any questions you may have.
A smear of fluoridated toothpaste is recommended until age 2. Children age 2-5 years old should use a pea-sized amount. Parents should continue to help their children brush their teeth until they develop adequate dexterity to clean all areas well without help. This is usually around 8 years of age.
Sealants cover the pits in teeth that are hard to brush and are susceptible to decay. Sealants are a safe and simple way to help avoid cavities.
Dr. Lockhart is specialty trained to monitor and assist the dental growth and development of your child. As orthodontics (braces) are necessary, Dr. Lockhart will refer your child to an orthodontist for treatment.
Starkville Pediatric Dentistry, formerly known as Huxford & Lockhart Pediatric Dentistry, is a dental practice led by Dr. Tammi Lockhart, DMD. We provide dental care for children in the Golden Triangle area of Mississippi, including Starkville, West Point, Columbus, and nearby locations.
Starkville Pediatric Dentistry
100 Brandon Road, Suite W
Starkville, MS 39759
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