Q: What age should my child be seen?
You should be caring for your baby’s teeth as soon as teeth erupt by washing them with a soft cloth or brush after nursing/bottles. Always avoid putting baby to bed with a bottle of anything other than water. If you are unsure or uncomfortable about this early care, we would be happy to review good oral care with you as soon as teeth are visable. We start seeing children as early as age 2. At this visit the hygienist will polish the child’s teeth and the dentist will do an exam and answer any questions parents have about their child’s oral health. The dentist may also recommend fluoride be applied to help prevent tooth decay.
Q: My wisdom teeth are hurting. Can they be removed in your office?
Yes. We will first take a panoramic (full mouth) x-ray and the dentist can determine whether or not they should be removed. . In most cases, wisdom teeth can be removed safely in our office under local anesthesia. Your dentist can discuss what type of anesthesia and pain or anxiety-reducing medication would be suitable for you. If after viewing your x-ray your dentist anticipates that any special care will be needed, you may be referred to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Call for a consult.
Q: Does my child needs braces? At what age should I have them evaluated?
Your dentist will examine your child’s teeth at every appointment and keep you informed as to whether or not your child will benefit from orthodontic treatment. Between the ages of twelve and fourteen, your child’s permanent teeth should be erupted enough to make it possible to make that determination.
Q: I need new dentures. Can they be made in your office?
Yes. Whether you have dentures that need to be replaced or you need to have complete extractions and then a denture placed, we can safely remove teeth and make your new dentures. In some cases, dental implants can be placed to help secure dentures firmly. An appointment can be scheduled to help determine what type of denture placement is right for you.
Q: How can I prepare my child for visiting the dentist?
At any age, feel free to bring your child in to the office, just to meet us and get comfortable with the environment. Try not to use words that might cause unnecessary fear or anxiety. Some examples include: “drill” and “hurt.” Instead, use words that convey the same message, in a less threatening way.
Q: How often should we come in for cleanings and check-ups?
Every six months. There are growth and developmental changes monthly. By the age of three, children have an average of 20 teeth.
Q: I have heard of having Sealants placed on my child’s back adult teeth. What exactly are sealants?
Sealants are thin plastic coatings applied in the dental office on the chewing surfaces of back teeth, which are prime spots for cavities. Sealants act as a barrier to prevent bacteria and food from collecting and sitting on the grooves and pits of teeth.