Find a Pediatric Dentist Open on Saturdays

Finding a pediatric dentist open on Saturdays near you can be difficult. Kool Smiles has general dentists available locations across the country to examine and treat children on Saturdays, and many offices have a pediatric dentist on site.

We have over 120 locations in 15 different states, and nearly all of our locations are open on Saturdays. At Kool Smiles, we design our offices and their scheduled hours with our patients in mind. We know that many families have a busy routine during the week, and it can be difficult to find the time for a dental appointment.

When you make an appointment with the dentists at Kool Smiles, you won’t have to take time out of your busy weekday to take your kids to the dentist. We can also respond to dental emergencies on Saturdays without you having to wait for the office to open up on Monday.

Call us at 254-781-0553 to schedule an appointment or no-cost consultation with a dental care provider near you. If it’s a true emergency, call 911 or visit your nearest emergency room.

Female dentist showing the young boy artificial jaw at the dental office

Why Children Need to Visit the Dentist

The friendly professionals at Kool Smiles try to make it as easy as possible for children to schedule dental appointments—even on Saturdays. We know how routine visits to the dentist provide benefits for kids and the development of a healthy smile. When your child comes to the dentist twice a year for checkups and dental cleanings, they will also prevent tooth decay from forming, which is the most common chronic disease among children.

Here are some dental care services that our general or pediatric dentists can perform when your child comes in for an appointment at Kool Smiles:

  • Teeth cleanings—When your child comes in for a cleaning, they will have all of the tartar removed from their teeth surrounding the gum line. If this harmful layer of built-up plaque is not removed, it leads to tooth decay and receding gums, and it must be removed using special tools at the dentist’s office.
  • X-rays—To monitor the development of your child’s adult teeth, X-rays are often used to see teeth that have not yet come through the gums. A dentist will be able to spot any problematic issues, like overcrowded teeth or structural jaw problems, which allows for early treatment before it becomes more severe.
  • Cavity fillings—If your child has a cavity, it is important to get it filled right away to avoid tooth decay from getting worse. Whether it is an infected baby tooth or adult tooth, you should seek dental advice when dealing with a cavity. Once you go to the dentist, we can fill the cavity with a material that best suits your kid, and stop any pain that your child may be experiencing due to the tooth decay.
  • Root canals—When cavities go untreated, they can turn into more serious conditions like an infected or inflamed pulp inside of the tooth. When this happens, it is usually very painful, and the child will need to see a dentist quickly in order to save the tooth. For this procedure, the infected soft pulp inside of the tooth will be removed and the space will then be filled. The tooth enamel, or the exterior of the tooth, can remain intact and receive nutrients from minerals like fluoride.
  • Tooth extractions—Sometimes, a tooth may need to be removed due to infection or perhaps a baby tooth is preventing a permanent tooth from breaking through the gum line. Wisdom tooth removal is also a common dental procedure that most people need to prevent teeth from overcrowding their mouths, but you’ll need a dentist to determine if a tooth extraction is fully necessary.
  • Dental exams—When you bring your child to the dentist, our professional staff will make sure that their oral health is in good condition before performing any cleanings or other necessary treatments.

Does My Child Need to See a Pediatric Dentist?

Not every child has to see a pediatric dentist for dental care. In many cases, a general dentist will be able to take care of your child’s dental needs. Before you make an appointment with a pediatric dentist, consider these common reasons why children need to see a pediatric specialist:

Common reasons to see a pediatric dentist:

  • Cavities in the adult teeth that are forming under the gum
  • Special health conditions or needs that affect dental health
  • Baby teeth that aren’t coming in or falling out as expected
  • The patient is 2 years old or younger

If you are unsure if your child should see a pediatric dentist, call Kool Smiles at 254-781-0553. Our staff will be happy to answer any questions you have in addition to providing quality care for your children.

If your child needs the care of a pediatric dentist and we don’t have one in a particular office, we will be happy to refer you to one.

When to Take Your Child to the Dentist

You should take your child to a pediatric or general dentist for their first dental appointment. Children should visit the dentist once their first baby tooth has emerged, which typically happens when they are between four and seven months old. After this, they will likely come in for checkups twice a year, which will help prevent cavities from developing at an early age.

Your child can transition from a pediatric dentist to a general dentist whenever they feel comfortable doing so, or they can continue to see a pediatric specialist until they are 18 years old. The decision to switch to a general dentist is completely up to the parents and their child, and the majority of Kool Smiles offices can accommodate either preference.

Why Visit a Kool Smiles Pediatric Dentist?

Kool Smiles dentists—whether general or pediatric—are certified and licensed, plus we require ongoing training to keep our dentists and specialists up to date. Our staff members are welcoming and our offices are designed to help kids relax and have fun. When you bring your child to a Kool Smiles dentist on any Saturday, you can expect:

  • Brightly painted waiting rooms, with plenty of space for kids and parents to wait for their appointment.
  • Games, books and activities within the waiting areas to keep children occupied before they see the dentist. Some locations even have playgrounds!
  • Specialized tools that are better equipped to fit inside of small mouths for cleanings and exams.
  • Well trained pediatric and general dental staff that knows exactly how to communicate with children, whether they are a toddler or a teenager.
  • Children are our priority, and we take extra measures to ensure that kids get dental appointments at times that are most beneficial to them, like right before school starts.

Additionally, dental care at Kool Smiles is convenient and affordable, and we accept several different types of insurance providers, including:

We accept several insurance providers, including:

  • Medicaid
  • TRICARE
  • SCHIP

We also take cash or credit card payments for dental services that aren’t covered by an insurance provider, as well as CareCredit.

How to Promote Oral Health at Home

Once you leave the dentist office, it’s important to continue teaching your child about healthy oral care practices. Here are some tips that will help you establish a daily routine for your kid:

  • Brush teeth twice a day, ideally for 2 minutes each time. The American Dental Association says that this improve oral health and reduces the risk of cavities and infections.
  • Floss at least once a day to clean food particles and plaque out from in between teeth.
  • Eat a balanced diet, which will reduce the amount of sugary and acidic foods that children tend to eat a lot.
  • Use a toothpaste that has fluoride, and try to get your child to refrain from rinsing after brushing their teeth. This way, the fluoride can stay on teeth longer and repair the enamel.
  • Change your kid’s toothbrush every 3 months to make sure that the bristles are cleaning teeth properly. If the brush looks frayed, you should still get a new one, even if 3 months haven’t passed yet.
  • Let your child pick out their own toothbrush, which will hopefully make them excited about oral hygiene.
  • Kids respond well to a rewards system, so it is OK to treat them if they have learned to take care of their smiles on their own. However, rewarding them with sweets or unhealthy foods is not the answer. Instead, think of an alternative that they would like equally as well. For example, allowing your child to have sugar-free gum after a meal can be a good reward, and it also helps remove leftover pieces of food from the crevices of teeth.

Schedule an Appointment with a Pediatric Dentist at Kool Smiles

We know it can be hard to make a dentist appointment during the week, especially if you want to see a pediatric specialist. The helpful staff at Kool Smiles dental offices are often open on weekends so we can see more child patients on a regular basis. If you’re looking for a general or pediatric dentist open on Saturdays, call Kool Smiles at 254-781-0553 to make an appointment today.

 

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Sources:

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Everyday Health: https://www.everydayhealth.com/dental-health/oral-conditions/pulp-diseases.aspx

Healthychildren.org: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/family-life/health-management/pediatric-specialists/Pages/What-is-a-Pediatric-Dentist.aspx

Baby Center: https://www.babycenter.com/0_baby-milestones-teething_6574.bc

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National Health Service: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/how-to-keep-your-teeth-clean/

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