FAQ

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Why should I choose a Pediatric Dentist vs a General Practitioner?

Pediatric dentists are especially trained to work with the emotional and developmental requirements of children. What’s more, children’s oral care is not just a toned-down version of adult dentistry. This is a uniquely child-centered practice with staff hired because of their gifts with children, an environment created for kids’ comfort and entertainment, child-sized equipment, and technology chosen for its benefits to our pediatric patients. And don’t forget, when children have pleasant experiences with early dental care, they are much more likely to continue their care through adulthood.

Why does my child need fluoride?

Every day, teeth lose some of their protective minerals. When children consume acidic foods or drinks, such as sodas, sour candies, juices or even liquid medication, then fail to brush as well as they should, their tooth enamel can become damaged. We can help reverse this damage through remineralizing fluoride treatments that strengthen teeth and repair early decay.

Why should we consider dental sealants?

Cavities do not have to be a normal part of growing up –even if your child has deep grooves in his or her teeth. When sealants are painted onto the rough and textural exterior of a child’s tooth, they fill the deeper grooves and fissures in which plaque and bacteria can hide from young brushers, and create a smooth and easy-to-clean surface. Protective sealants also make it much harder for bacteria to get a foothold and helps protect from and prevent childhood decay. If you have kids, talk to us about how sealants can protect their teeth! Applying sealants can also be a great way to introduce your child to dentistry. It requires no drilling or disturbance of tooth structure. All we do is gently clean your child’s teeth and brush on the sealant.

Why use BPA-free sealants?

Until recently, much of the sealant material used in pediatric dentistry contained a compound known as Bisphenol A or BPA. This compound is found in many products made of plastic– such as that water bottle you are holding right now! Unfortunately, these compounds mimic estrogen and can induce adverse effects in humans. This is why there has been such a push to encourage drinking from non-BPA containers – and it is why we always use BPA-free sealants. We use a resin-based sealant that contains no BPA and no BPA derivatives. We think your child’s health is worth it!

Will my child be exposed to high levels of radiation during x-rays?

We have kids, so we know just how parents feel about keeping their children safe – even in the dentist’s office. Not only do we meet the highest sterilization standards, we have invested in all digital radiography (x-rays) to reduce our patents’ exposure to radiation. If you have any concerns about our x-rays, please give us a call. We will be happy to answer any questions.

Why does my child need braces?

While some parents may feel that braces are just a cosmetic treatment and not really necessary, we know this is not usually the case. Often kids need orthodontic treatment because of bite issues or problems with jaw alignment. Bite and jaw issues can contribute to chipped, broken, decayed, and lost teeth; speech impairments; chewing and digestive difficulties; gum disease, as well as affecting breathing and even causing sleep apnea which contributes to poor concentration and headaches.

Why do baby teeth need fillings? Aren’t they going to fall out anyway?

Even though your child’s baby teeth will eventually fall out, they are not disposable. We recommend doing everything possible to retain them until they fall out naturally when the adult teeth are ready to replace them. If cavities or infection do occur on baby teeth, we recommend treatment and restoration of baby teeth. This will save your child pain, discomfort, and infection.

When should my child have a first visit?

We recommend that you schedule your child’s first visit as soon as his or her first tooth erupts. Beginning early helps children get acquainted with and enjoy their dental experience. It also helps us discover non-obvious dental concerns. This saves you time and expense, while making sure your child’s dental experiences are easy and pleasant. It also allows us to find and diagnose developing bite problems, and any possible orthodontic care needed in the future.

What to do if a tooth is knocked out?

If a baby tooth is injured and falls out, do not replace it in the mouth. If a permanent tooth is injured and/or gets knocked out, place the tooth in saliva, milk or Hanks Solution and come to our office right away or contact us immediately. Studies show permanent teeth that are re-implanted and evaluated by the dentist in under 60 minutes have a greater success rate. We will perform an evaluation and take any necessary x-rays to ensure there is no damage to other tissues.

Do you place amalgam (metal) fillings?

We never place any metal fillings in your child’s teeth. Why? Not only does it look unattractive, it sometimes causes children to be embarrassed or self-conscious. Most people do not realize it, but metal, or “ silver” fillings contain mercury, a substance known to be a neurotoxin. Mercury has been linked to all kinds of issues in the brain and nervous system and some studies show that mercury leaks from metal fillings every time they are chewed on! We offer tooth-colored fillings and tooth-colored crowns if needed. Ask us more about them at your next visit!