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Dr. Carlen Palmer Blume

Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry

8221 Fredericksburg Road San Antonio, TX 78229
Phone: 210-614-3334 | Fax: 210-614-3331

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First Visit


First Visit photo - Pediatric Dentist Dr. Carlen Palmer Blume in San Antonio, Tx.

Our pediatric dental office in San Antonio, TX, as well as the The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Dental Association (ADA), and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) all recommend establishing a "Dental Home" for your child by one year of age. Children who have a dental home are more likely to receive appropriate preventive and routine oral health care.

The Dental Home is intended to provide a place other than the Emergency Room for parents.

You can make the first visit to the dentist enjoyable and positive. If old enough, your child should be informed of the visit and told that the dentist and their staff will explain all procedures and answer any questions. The less to-do concerning the visit, the better.

It is best if you refrain from using words around your child that might cause unnecessary fear, such as "needle", "shot", "pull", "drill" or "hurt". The office makes a practice of using words that convey the same message, but are pleasant and non-frightening to the child.

We invite you to stay with your child during the initial examination. During future appointments, we suggest you allow your child to accompany our staff through the dental experience. We can usually establish a closer rapport with your child when you are not present. Our purpose is to gain your child's confidence and overcome apprehension. However, if you choose, you are more than welcome to accompany your child to the treatment room. For the safety and privacy of all patients, other children who are not being treated should remain in the reception room with a supervising adult.

Medicaid

The two managed care organizations accepting new patients are Dentaquest and MCNA. Dr. Blume does accept both plans. At this time, Dr. Blume does not participate in the CHIP program. Please review your options below and remember you will need to add Dr. Blume as your child’s Main Dentist BEFORE your child's appointment. You may do so by contacting Dentaquest or MCNA directly.

Texas Health and Human Services : http://www.chipmedicaid.org/en/Find-Your-Dental-Plan

Instructions: When you click on one of the links below, you will need to do the following:
To search for a dentist: type last name “Blume” or by zip code “78229.”
Dentaquest: http://www.dentaquesttexas.com/en/home.php
MCNA: http://www.mcnatx.net/welcome

We strive to make each and every visit to our office a fun one!