Health & Safety

September 20, 2012

Healthy smiles, healthy kids!

Capt. Kristy Hayes
Pediatric Dentist, United States Army Dental Activity NTC and Fort Irwin

Capt. Kristy Hayes

One of the many unique benefits that Families have at Fort Irwin is the available resource of a Pediatric Dentist on post.
Q: Who is eligible for treatment with the Pediatric Dentist?
A: Dependent children, from birth to 8 years of age and currently residing at Fort Irwin, are eligible for treatment. Older children with a special health care need or who have been referred by a general dentist for behavior management, are seen on a case by case basis.
Q: When should my child have their first dental visit?
A: We recommend that your child be seen six months after the eruption of their first tooth or at age 1, whichever occurs first. This visit is important not only to check the development of your child’s teeth, but to provide you with valuable information about what to expect as your child grows.
Q: What should I do to prepare my child for a visit to the dentist?
A: We ask that you speak positively about the dentist and, if you are anxious about the visit, do your best not to show it. We promise that we will do our absolute best to ensure that your child has a great visit!
Q: What should I do if my child has a dental emergency?
A: If a child injures his or her mouth, or has dental pain that is keeping the child awake at night, visit Dental Clinic #1, if it is during regular business hours. If a visit is required after business hours, the your child to Weed Army Community Hospital to be evaluated. No child will be turned away, regardless of age, if the condition warrants a true emergency. If your child knocks out a tooth, please place the tooth in cold milk and seek help immediately.
Q: What services do you provide?
A: We have the capabilities to take care of all of your child’s routine dental needs (cleanings, check-ups, fillings, crowns, etc.). We can also provide sedation and hospital treatment for children who require treatment by these means.
Q: How do I make an appointment for my child?
A: Call Dental Clinic #1 at 380-3284 to schedule your child’s appointment. Before your child’s appointment, pick up the patient’s paperwork in advance to ensure that you have adequate time to review and fill it out.
Q: Where are you located?
A: Dental Clinic #1 is located on the corner of Third Street and G Avenue, across the street from building 561, Army Community Services.
Remember, a healthy smile is an integral part of a healthy body. I am committed to helping your child achieve excellent dental health for life. My team and I are looking forward to meeting your child and helping them have a great visit!




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