Below, you will
find a collection of the most frequently asked questions.
This information should help make you more comfortable with
your trip to the dentist.
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. Children have completely different
emotional and physical needs. The staff, atmosphere, and
equipment all cater specifically to the needs of your child.
Association of Pediatric Dentists:
info from the AAPD:
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When should I
take my child to the dentist for the first check-up?
In order to prevent dental problems, your child should see a
pediatric dentist when the first tooth appears, or no later than
his/her first birthday.
What can we
expect during our first visit?
Your first visit will vary, depending on the needs of your
child. Also, depending on the age of your child, we may
recommend cleaning, fluoride, and x-rays. We will also answer
your questions and guide you in future dental care.
What should I
do if my child has a toothache?
First, rinse the irritated area with warm salt water and place a
cold compress on the face if it is swollen. Give the child
acetaminophen for any pain, rather than placing aspirin on the teeth
or gums. Finally, see a dentist as soon as possible.
How often does
my child need to see the pediatric dentist?
A check-up every six months is recommended in order to prevent cavities
and other dental problems. However, your pediatric dentist can tell
you when and how often your child should visit based on their
personal oral health.