Frequently Asked Questions
Why should my child see a pediatric dentist?
Pediatric dentists have 2 years of additional specialized training beyond the general dental degree they receive after completing dental school. Just like pediatricians, they offer you training and professional experience that is focused on the unique needs of children.
What is the difference between a pediatric dentist and a family dentist?
Pediatric dentists are the pediatricians of dentistry. A pediatric dentist has two to three years specialty training following dental school and limits his/her practice to treating children only. Pediatric dentists are primary and specialty oral care providers for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health needs.
At what age should my child’s first dental visit be?
Good oral health begins with good oral care during infancy. We recommend that children have their first dental visit before their first birthday, which is also the recommendation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Dental Association.
What if my child doesn’t behave?
Don’t worry! We’re here to help. We specialize in helping children through their dental visit. Children may respond in many ways, and for many different reasons. No matter how your child reacts, we’re going to make it the most positive visit we can!
Will I be allowed to accompany my child to the treatment area?
Yes. We are happy to invite parents to the treatment area with their child. However, we kindly request that other children are not brought to the appointment. It is best to focus our attention on you and your child we are treating that day. If in rare circumstances we think your child may be better served in your absence, we will discuss it with you prior.
Do you treat children with special needs?
It is our joy to serve children with special needs. We may spend some time on the phone with you prior to your visit to determine what specific concerns you or your child may have, and how best to help you.
How often should my child see the dentist?
Typically children see the dentist at least every 6 months for a check-up and cleaning. However, in certain situations the dentist may recommend your child come more often, such as when certain conditions are being monitored. Feel free to ask about your child’s particular needs.
Why are baby teeth important?
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.
How can I get information about cost?
When you call to schedule an initial appointment, we will provide an estimate of the cost for that visit. Costs for additional visits, if needed, will depend on your child’s needs and will be discussed at the initial appointment or if more convenient, at a separate consultation.
To learn More About Pediatric Oral Health Please Visit the AAPD Website
We welcome any questions you may have. Please give us a call.