Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is a Pediatric Dentist?

A: Pediatric dentists are the best-qualified primary and specialty oral health care providers for children.

Typical professional training of a pediatric dentist includes:

  • 4 years of dental school (same as general/family dentists)
  • 2-3 years of highly specialized residency training dedicated solely to the treatment of children from infancy through adolescence, including those with special health care needs.

Q: How will a Pediatric dentist help my child feel comfortable?

A: Pediatric dentists are trained in many methods to help children feel comfortable with dental treatments. Mild sedation, such as nitrous oxide or a sedative, may benefit an anxious child. If a child is especially fearful or requires extensive treatment, general anesthesia may be recommended.

Q: What are cavities?

A: Cavities in the teeth are caused by bacterial infection. IT IS AN INFECTIOUS DESEASE of the mouth. Unlike some other infections in the body it does not go away with antibiotic treatment alone and most of the time will require a surgical intervention to remove the bacteria from the child’s tooth. Just like any other infection it can potentially spread all over the body if not treated in a timely manner.

This specific type of infection is preventable if your child follows low carbohydrate diet, brushes the teeth regularly and visits a pediatric dentist every 6 month for routine check ups.

Q: When should my child first see a dentist?

A: FIRST VISIT BY FIRST BIRHTDAY! The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and American Academy of Pediatrics recommends for children to first visit a pediatric dentist no later than twelve months of age!

Children are more susceptible to cavities. In kids, infection spreads much faster through out the body compared to adults. The untreated baby cavities can lead in your child to a systemic spread of infection, possible hospitalization and, in rare cases, death.

Children with chronic and silent infection tend to do worse in school compared to their healthy classmates.

Latest studies have also showed that children with cavities are less likely to attain their ideal weight and height.

AGE ONE VISITS CAN PREVENT MANY UNNECESSARY COMPLICATIONS AND TREATMENTS ASSOCIATED WITH DELAYED DENTAL CARE.

Q: Are baby teeth really that important to my child?

A: 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. Early loss of dentition can lead to many developmental and orthodontic issues in the future.

Early dental care will help your child get off to a great start in life by making sure all baby teeth are healthy. As Pediatric dental specialists we can help make going to the dentist easier and make it a regular part of your child’s life. We will provide education about how to take care of your child’s teeth to prevent cavities. As Pediatric dental specialists we can give you more options tailored specifically for your child when you are looking for a dental provider.

Q: How do I protect my child’s teeth?

A: Brushing twice a day (morning and night).

NO bottles in bed with MILK or JUICE!!! Put Water in a bottle if your child experiencing difficulties falling asleep without one. Formula, milk, breast milk, sugary water, soda and other sweet liquids cause cavities when left in the baby’s mouth while sleeping. If you must give a bottle in bed, fill it with water only!!!!!!

Wean from the bottle by age one. Begin to offer a sippy cup at meals and snack time starting at 6 moths. Limit sugar. The bacteria (germs) feed on sugar. More sugar causes more cavities. Limit juice to meal times. When your child is thirsty, give them water.

Fruits, nuts, cheeses and vegetables are healthy foods that do not have too much sugar. Protect your Baby’s Teeth with Fluoride. Fluoride is a mineral that helps make teeth stronger and fight cavities. Ask your Pediatric dentist or Pediatrician about fluoride treatments.

If your tap water is not fluoridated, check with the Pediatric dentist or Pediatrician about fluoride drops or tablets for your child.