Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I bring my child to a pediatric dentist instead of my family dentist?
A pediatric dentist has two or three years of specialty training following dental school which is dedicated to the oral health of children from infancy through the teenage years. We are like the pediatricians of dentistry.
At what age should I bring my child for his or her first dental check up?
We, along with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, recommend that your child visit when their first tooth appears but no later than their first birthday.
Why should I worry about baby teeth if they are going to fall out anyway?
It is important to take care of your child’s baby teeth, also called primary teeth, for many reasons. Primary teeth help speech development and also helps which include proper chewing, eating, and providing space for the permanent teeth.
How often should my child brush his or her teeth, and does he or she really need to floss?
Your child should be brushing twice a day, with a fluoridated toothpaste, under adult supervision until 8 years old. Flossing is an important part of clean teeth. Flossing removes plaque where the toothbrush can’t reach. It should be done in conjunction with brushing when your child is ready.
How can parents help prevent tooth decay?
You should take your child to the dentist regularly, starting with their first tooth. That way we can recommend how to go about brushing, flossing and other treatments specific to your child. These at home treatments, regular exams and a balanced diet will help your child toward better oral health. To learn more about tooth-friendly snacks here.