Pediatric Dentistry Jacksonville FL | Dentist in Baymeadows

Pediatric Dentistry


Pediatric Dentistry in Jacksonville, FL

A child's first visit to the dentist should be enjoyable. Children are not born with a natural fear of the dentist, but they can fear the unknown. Our office makes a special effort to use pleasant, non-frightening, simple words to describe each treatment. We want you and your child to feel at ease from the moment your family arrives at our office. The more you and your child know about the first visit, the better you will feel.


The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends...

Children should visit the dentist by their first birthday. It is important that your child's newly-erupted teeth (erupting at six and 12 months of age) receive proper dental care and benefit from proper oral hygiene habits right from the beginning.

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We look forward to helping you improve the appearance of your smile and oral health at its optimal levels.


When New Teeth Arrive

Your child's first primary or baby teeth will begin to erupt between the ages of six and 12 months, and will continue to erupt until about age three. During this time, your child's gums may feel tender and sore. To help alleviate this discomfort, we recommend that you soothe the gums by rubbing a clean finger or a cool, wet cloth across them. You may also choose to make use of a teething ring. When your child has finished teething, you can expect a total of 20 primary teeth.

Your child's primary teeth are shed at various times throughout childhood. Permanent teeth begin erupting at age six, and continue until age 21. Adults have 28 permanent teeth (32, including wisdom teeth).


Adopting Healthy Oral Hygiene Habits

As your child's teeth erupt, be sure to examine them every two weeks, looking for lines and discoloration that may be caused by decay. Remember that sugary foods and liquids can attack a new tooth, so take care that your child brushes after feeding or eating. We recommend brushing four times a day for optimal oral hygiene: after breakfast, after lunch, after dinner, and at bedtime.

Brushing can be fun, and your child should brush as soon as the first tooth arrives. When a baby's tooth erupts, parents should brush the tooth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. For children younger than two, do not use fluoride toothpaste unless advised to do so by your dentist or other healthcare professional. We suggest reviewing proper tooth brushing procedures with your child.

Flossing is also a part of good oral hygiene habits, and your doctor will discuss with you the right time to start flossing. If you notice signs of decay, contact your dentist immediately.


Preventing Tooth Decay with Regular Checkups

Tooth decay is caused by sugars left in your mouth that turn into an acid, which can break down your teeth. Children are at high risk for tooth decay for a simple reason: many children and adolescents do not practice regular, good oral hygiene habits. Proper brushing and flossing routines combined with regular dental visits help keep tooth decay away.

Your child should visit the dentist every six months for regular dental cleanings and checkups. We recommend fluoride treatments twice a year along with cleanings to keep teeth their strongest. Tooth sealants are also recommended because they "seal" the deep grooves in your child's teeth, preventing decay from forming in these hard-to-reach areas. Sealants last for several years, but will be monitored at your child's regular checkups.

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Had a cap prep done. In on time, out on time. Good explanation of process beforehand and during. Dr. Rios and his assistants are a great team!

John P.
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Dr. Rios and his staff do a tremendous job of their care and treatment of patients! Very professional and friendly. If you are looking for a reliable dentist and a dedicated staff team, this is the place!

Rahul S.
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They have taken wonderful care of me for many years!! I recently referred my husband for some extensive dental work and they took wonderful care of him!!! I will continue to refer people to Dr. Rios and his team at Baymeadows Park Dental!

Julie F.
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After four years of searching I finally found a dentist who is so much like the one I left in Lake Placid, Fl. Dr Rios is kind, personable, efficient and his staff reflects that attitude. Yes I'd recommend him to family. friends and someone who is looking for a really good dentist.

Gordean H.
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Amazing dental work! 100% recommended. Very professional and friendly people (Dentist and Hygienists) My husband and I drive from Gainesville twice a year and it is totally worth it!.

Erick P.
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I've been going here for a year now and am completely satisfied. Very little wait, pleasant staff, a great doctor, and best of all my teeth look better than they ever have. Sometimes you get lucky with doctors and this is a great example of this.

John T.
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Friendly oriented, excellent treatment, comfortable environment. Procedures done with a touch of class. I was very happy to feel my procedure was perfectly done I now feel comfortable to the taste. Thank you All!

Sonia R.
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Dr Rios and his staff are very professional and friendly. My family has been going to Cypress Point Family dentistry for years now and we always recommend them to friends. They are very good at taking the time to explain any additional procedures and to provide cost estimates based on our insurance.

Kaley B.
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Love that they are waiting when I arrive and greet me by name. Hygienists are awesome! I love dawn but all the ladies are great! Dr Rios is kind and knowledgeable. Would highly recommend!

Marissa K.
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Everyone here is always pleasant and efficient in getting me in and out for my appointments. Dawn cleans my teeth with care and is very thorough with my cleanings. Dr. Rios is always quick to get in and look at my teeth after my cleaning is finished so that I can get on with my day without too much downtime. I never feel pressured by their recommendations and never feel like they're trying to sell me products or services I don't really need. Great place with great people, definitely recommend!

Jess T.
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I had a super friendly experience attending a cleaning visit here. The Dr. and his assistant used a sound combination of technology and expertise to thoroughly go through my mouth. The pictures were scary, but the advice was priceless. I wish I had visited this office earlier.

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Marie Kervin
Marie Kervin
I wholeheartedly recommend Dr Rios. I have been a patient here for a number of years as are my children and husband. I have no hesitation recommending the whole practice. Dr Rios takes a real pleasure in his job, he is knowledgeable, professional but also very kind with a nervous patient such as I. Emily understands the patients and our needs. She remembers layered details about our dental care and family history that makes arranging dental care for our family so much easier.
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Feb 20, 2024
Chris Bordnick
Chris Bordnick
Far away the best dentist experience I’ve ever had in my life and I’m 59 years old, everyone from the initial visit consultation to the first visit has been outstanding. The staff treat you like family and The quality of the dental work is amazing! Looking forward to my next visit thank you!
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Mar 12, 2024
Angela Faircloth
Angela Faircloth
Wonderful and thoughtful dentist and office staff. I had a broken tooth and they fit me into the schedule same day because they truly care for their patients. When I called, they ensured that I wasn't in severe pain and could wait a couple of hours for an appointment. They are extremely professional and make you feel like family.
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Dec 07, 2023
shari braswell
shari braswell
I was so lucky to have found a family dentist who are dedicated and compassionate about what they do. The staff was very friendly from the time I walked in to the time I left everyone is very pleasant. Dr. Rios and Mrs.Emily made sure I was very comfortable and satisfied with the information that was given to me on how to move forward. I would recommend them to anyone who don’t know where to begin on their journey, and become a part of a wonderful team and family.
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Dec 12, 2023
Gabie Boster
Gabie Boster
Wonderful dentist office! The staff was so friendly and helpful! They answered all of my questions with care and guidance. Dr. Rios was very kind and thorough. Would recommend again and again!
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Jan 30, 2024
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