What is pediatric dentistry?
Pediatric dentistry is the specialty of dentistry that focuses on the oral health of young people. We are concerned about your child’s total health care. Good oral health is an important part of total health. Establishing us as your child’s Dental Home provides us the opportunity to implement preventive dental health habits that keep a child free from dental/oral disease. We focus on prevention, early detection, and treatment of dental diseases, and keep current on the latest advances in dentistry for children.
Who is a pediatric dentist?
After completing a four-year dental school curriculum, two to three additional years of rigorous training are required to become a pediatric dentist. This specialized program of study and hands-on experience prepares pediatric dentists to meet the needs of infants, children, and adolescents, including those with special health care needs.
Why is visiting the dentist so important for my child? Aren't their baby teeth just going to fall out anyway?
At what age should I start taking my child to see the dentist?
How often should I see the dentist?
What is a cavity?
What is a filling?
A filling is a synthetic material that Children’s Dentistry uses to fill a cavity after all of the tooth decay has been removed. Fillings do not generally hurt because Children’s Dentistry uses laser dentistry or in the case of deeper cavities, will numb your mouth with an anesthetic. Fillings are made from a variety of different materials, including tooth-colored composite resin. Children’s Dentistry does not use silver/mercury amalgam fillings in their offices.
How often should I brush my child's teeth?
According to Children’s Dentistry and the American Dental Association, you should be brushing your child’s teeth at least two times a day. Children will not have the dexterity to effectively brush their teeth until they are 6 or 7 years old, and even then should be monitored closely. Brushing keeps your teeth, gums, and mouth clean and healthy by removing bacteria-causing plaque. It is also recommended when you brush your teeth, you use a soft bristle toothbrush and toothpaste that contains fluoride. You should spend at least a minute on the top teeth and a minute on the bottom teeth, and remember to brush your tongue; it will help keep your breath smelling fresh!