When should I take my child to the dentist for the first check-up?
In order to prevent dental problems, your child should see a pediatric dentist when the first tooth appears, or no later than his/her first birthday.
What is the difference between a pediatric dentist and a family dentist?
Pediatric dentists are the pediatricians of dentistry. The pediatric dentist has an extra two to three years of specialized training after dental school, and is dedicated to the oral health of children from infancy through the teenage years, including those with special health needs.
Are baby teeth really that important to my child?
Primary, or "baby," teeth are important for many reasons. Not only do they help children speak clearly and chew naturally, they also aid in forming a path that permanent teeth can follow when they are ready to erupt. While the front 4 teeth last until 6-7 years of age, the back teeth aren’t replaced until age 10-13.
How often does my child need to see the pediatric dentist?
A check-up every six months is recommended in order prevent cavities and other dental problems. However, your pediatric dentist can tell you when and how often your child should visit based on their personal oral health.
Can I stay with my child during his/her dental visit?
With new families, we encourage 1 parent to go back with their children and tour our office. This promotes comfort for you and your child. 1 parent is welcome to stay with their children during any treatment. We do however encourage you to remain in the reception area after the first visit if possible. Our goal is to help children develop independence and to enhance communication with the doctors and staff. Some parents choose to remain with their children in the treatment area; however, most parents find it more comfortable to wait in the reception area.
How do I make my child's diet safe for his teeth?
Make sure your child has a balanced diet, including one serving each of: fruits and vegetables, breads and cereals, milk and dairy products, and meat fish and eggs. Limiting the servings of sugars and starches will also aid in protecting your child's teeth from decay. You can also ask your pediatric dentist to help you select foods that protect your children's teeth.