The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends scheduling an initial exam after your baby’s first tooth erupts or no later than your infant’s FIRST birthday
Schedule the appointment at a time of day when he or she is well rested and most likely to cooperate. Let your child know the dentist will use special tools to keep his teeth healthy. Avoid sharing any negative words or experiences with your child.
Routine dental cleanings are essential for preventive care. In general, we recommend cleanings TWICE a year for all pediatric patients in our care. Some children need more frequent dental visits because of increased risk of tooth decay, unusual growth patterns, or poor oral hygiene. Your pediatric dentist will inform you of the best appointment schedule specific for your child.
Yes, most insurance companies cover dental sealants under preventative care, but coverage may vary. Some companies only cover sealants on specific teeth and have age limitations. Talk to your pediatric dentist and your insurance company about the exact cost of sealants and coverage as every plan is different.
Sometimes, but your pediatric dentist will check sealants at your child’s regular visits and let you know if a sealant needs to be reapplied or repaired. We guarantee our sealants for two years and will replace at no charge within the three years if reapplication is needed.
Absolutely! Sealants only provide one layer of protection. The best way to protect your child’s teeth is to practice good home hygiene. Make sure your child is brushing, flossing and rinsing with a fluoride mouthwash. If they are unable to swish and spit, dip their toothbrush in the mouth rinse and brush onto the teeth. Avoid eating or drinking after brushing. Schedule dental cleanings every 6 months and offer your child healthy snacks and a balanced, nutritious diet.
Pediatric dentists are particularly careful to minimize the exposure of child patients to radiation. With contemporary safeguards, like lead aprons, digital X-rays, thyroid collars, the amount of radiation received in a dental X-ray is extremely low. In fact, X-rays represent a far smaller risk than undetected and untreated dental problems.
X-rays are recommended only when necessary to evaluate and monitor your child’s oral health. The frequency of X-rays is prescribed by your pediatric dentist and based on your child’s individual needs. We follow the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s guidelines based on your child’s caries risk assessment when taking cavity detecting X-rays at your child’s hygiene appointment.
Using small amounts of fluoride on a routine basis can help prevent tooth decay. You may be aware that fluoride is found in low levels in most sources of community drinking water. A fluorine compound (usually sodium fluoride, sodium fluorosilicate, or fluorosilicic acid) is added to drinking water, which dissociates to release the F- ion. Stable fluorides are also found in fluoridated toothpaste and mouthwash. Our staff will ask about your child’s fluoride use and determine if their use is optimal to prevent cavities. We will customize fluoride treatments based on your child’s specific needs.
Fluoride inhibits loss of minerals from tooth enamel and encourages strengthening the weakened areas of the tooth. Fluoride also affects bacteria that causes cavities, discouraging acid attacks that break down the tooth. The risk of decay is reduced even more when a fluoride is combined with a healthy diet and good oral hygiene.
Using fluoride for the prevention and control of tooth decay is proven to both safe and effective. The research supporting the use of fluoride in the prevention of cavities is strong and well supported by the AAPD and Dental schools around the world. Nevertheless, all products containing fluoride should be stored out of the reach of young children and monitored by the parent or guardian during use. Like with most things, fluoride is only dangerous when used or consumed in extreme and excessive amounts.
Topical fluoride is a preventative agent applied to tooth enamel surface. Fluoride varnish is brushed or “painted” on the tooth enamel by the pediatric dentist or dental hygienist. Your child will be able to eat or drink, avoiding crunchy food items and hot beverages, after the varnish treatment is applied. Brushing and flossing should be avoided for 4-6 hours after the fluoride treatment to achieve the maximum benefit.