Why choose a Pediatric Dentist?
A pediatric dentist specializes in childhood dentistry. They usually have at least 2 to 3 years more education than the standard 4 years. They care for infants, children and adolescents, including those with special needs.
How does a pediatric dentist help with dental anxiety?
Pediatric dentists have special training in helping anxious children feel secure during dental treatment. And, pediatric dental offices are designed for children. Staff members choose to work in a pediatric dental practice because they like kids. So, most children are calm, comfortable and confident in a pediatric dental office.
At what age should a child first see the dentist?
The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry both recommend that your child see a dentist by age one or six months after the first tooth erupts, whichever is first.
What happens at my child's first visit?
On the first visit we like to take x-rays to check for decay and also to check the developing teeth. We also clean your child's teeth and apply a fluoride application. This is done by our trained clinical staff. Then one of our doctors will come and do an exam to check your child.
Appointments for young children should always be scheduled earlier in the day, when your child is alert and fresh.
For a first visit, children must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian.
How often should a child see the dentist?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a dental check-up at least twice a year for most children. Some children need more frequent dental visits because of increased risk of tooth decay, unusual growth patterns or poor oral hygiene. Your pediatric dentist will let you know the best appointment schedule for your child.
Should I accompany my Child into treatment?
Infants and some young children may feel more confident when parents stay close during treatment. With older children, doctor-child communication is often enhanced if parents remain in the reception room.
Setting a Good Example
Children learn by example. Follow a routine of regular brushing and flossing. Supervise your child when they are brushing their teeth and even better, brush your teeth with them! Remember that younger children will not have the ability to properly brush their teeth and will need help. Regular visits to the dentist and proper eating habits can ensure that your child will have a happy, healthy smile.
Special Care Dentistry
We are happy to treat persons with special needs at our clinic. We are wheelchair accessible and can accommodate special requests. For more information on these services, please contact us today.
What should I do if my child's baby tooth is knocked out?
Contact your pediatric dentist as soon as possible. The baby tooth should not be replanted because of the potential for subsequent damage to the developing permanent tooth.
What should I do if my child's permanent tooth is knocked out?
Find the tooth and rinse it gently in cool water. (Do not scrub or clean it with soap -- use only water!) If possible, replace the tooth in the socket immediately and hold it there with clean gauze or a wash cloth. If you can't put the tooth back in the socket, place the tooth in a clean container with cold milk, saliva or water. Get to the pediatric dental office immediately. (Call the emergency number if it's after hours.) The faster you act, the better your chances of saving the tooth.
What if a tooth is chipped or fractured?
Contact your pediatric dentist immediately. Quick action can save the tooth, prevent infection and reduce the need for extensive dental treatment. Rinse the mouth with water and apply cold compresses to reduce swelling if the lip also was injured. If you can find the broken tooth fragment, place it in cold milk or water and bring it with you to the dental office.
What if my child has a toothache?
Call your pediatric dentist and visit the office promptly. To comfort your child, rinse the mouth with water. Over-the-counter children's pain medication, dosed according to your child's weight and age, might ease the symptoms. You may apply a cold compress or ice wrapped in a cloth to the face in the area of the pain, but do not put heat or aspirin on the sore area.