Frequently Asked Questions
Over the years, we have noticed that there are a few questions that tend to pop up more often than others. For your convenience, we have decided to answer some of the questions that we frequently get below. If you have a question that we didn’t cover or a specific question for our team, feel free to give our office a call or submit a message using our virtual contact form, and someone on our team will have a response for you as soon as possible!GET IN TOUCH
How often do I need to make dental appointments for my child?
Children should visit the dentist just as often as adults, or twice per year at least. Even if your child takes good care of their teeth and is always in the cavity-free club, they should have their teeth examined and professionally cleaned regularly so they stay healthy!
At what age should my child have an orthodontic consultation?
Parents are often surprised to learn that orthodontic consultations can take place as early as seven years old. We recommend this age because adult teeth begin growing in around this time, and we have a wider variety of treatment options to handle any orthodontic issues. Your child won’t necessarily get braces at this age, but we recommend that parents begin thinking about braces sooner rather than later.
Are baby teeth important?
It’s important for children to keep their teeth and gums clean and healthy, and that includes baby teeth. Teaching your child good oral hygiene habits and helping them avoid dental problems can only stand to benefit them in the future.
How can I take care of my baby’s teeth?
If your child doesn’t have teeth yet, run a warm, wet washcloth over their gums after they eat to clear away bacteria. Once their teeth start to grow in, use a soft-bristle toothbrush with a tiny amount of child-safe toothpaste to gently brush each tooth. Toddlers and young children only need a pea-sized amount of toothpaste, and babies only need an amount equal to a grain of rice.
Why should I take my child to a pediatric dentist?
Pediatric dentists receive additional training after they graduate from dental school to learn about working with children and their unique dental needs. A dentist who chooses to become a pediatric dentist usually does so because they love working with kids and making them smile, which is great for everyone involved!
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