Albuquerque Pediatric Dental Office Excels at Creating a Dental Home for Kids

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As dental caries nears epidemic proportions among U.S. children, a leading dental academy calls for the creation of more dental homes across the country. Luckily for Albuquerque NM residents, Duke City Pediatric Dentistry is doing just that.

By establishing your child's Dental Home, your child can begin their dental experience in an environment they are familiar with and where they feel welcome and safe.

According to the latest numbers from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists (AAPD), 60% of U.S. children will have had dental caries at some point by the age of 5. Due to the aggressive nature of this affliction, cavities can develop quickly and lead to serious health issues if left unchecked. To combat this growing problem, the AAPD recommends an increased focus on creating “dental homes” for kids. These places mix fun, safety, education, and oral health maintenance into an experience kids can look forward to. The result is a child patient who values oral health and knows how to avoid the habits that lead to dental caries.

One of the best examples of a dental home is Duke City Pediatric Dentistry in Albuquerque NM. Headed by Dr. Tamera Coffman, this dental practice optimizes oral health care by focusing on education, prevention, and repetition.

“Establishing a ‘Dental Home’ means that your child's oral health care is delivered in a comprehensive, continuously accessible, coordinated, and family centered way by a licensed dentist,” Duke City says on their website. “By establishing your child's Dental Home, your child can begin their dental experience in an environment they are familiar with and where they feel welcome and safe.”

What types of characteristics define this particular dental home? Dr. Coffman and her team emphasize a non-traumatic treatment approach. They strive to listen to the patient families and develop the best approach to achieve ideal oral health while keeping your child comfortable. They have overhead TVs in every treatment room, offer the use of nitrous oxide for anxious patients, and make the most out of advanced dental technology to improve diagnosis accuracy and speed up treatment times. They also tap into a child’s sense of achievement to create an atmosphere of fun. For example, every month they post pictures of new “cavity-free club” members on their Facebook page. These pictures, which include the achiever and an oversized Teddy Bear named Duke, are popular in the community and keep both the children and the parents involved.

This involvement is key, the AAPD says, because dental caries is now the most common chronic early childhood disease in the United States. In fact, it’s 5 times more common than asthma. To learn more about the AAPD’s findings, interested readers can go to and find the 2014 “State of Little Teeth” report.

If you live in the Albuquerque area and are looking for a pediatric dentist, Duke City Pediatric Dentistry offers flexible hours and attentive care. You can reach them by phone (505-433-3366), by visiting their website (, or by finding them on Facebook.

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