Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I bring my child to a pediatric dentist?
The same reason you bring your child to a pediatrician instead of an internist or family physician. A pediatric dentist is a dental specialist who is well-trained to treat infants, children, adolescents and children with special needs. Pediatric dentists complete an additional two years of postdoctoral education. This extensive training provides pediatric dentists the knowledge to treat children's dental needs, provide a positive dental experience and to educate children on the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene.
What is the correct age to bring my child for the first visit?
It is important to establish a dental home by age 1, just like you establish a medical home (pediatrician) before your child is born. Along with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, we recommend that a child's first dental visit be scheduled by his/her 1st birthday. This visit will enable Dr. Christina to evaluate your child and introduce you to proper oral hygiene. Diet, fluoride, finger and pacifier habits and tooth eruption will be discussed to insure optimal dental health.
When is the best time for my child’s visit?
Dr. Christina has found that younger patients are more focused in the morning. Appointments scheduled at the end of the day and after school are usually more difficult for your younger child because he/she is tired at the end of the day and their ability to cooperate can be even more challenged. We try to schedule your child's appointment at a time that's convenient for you and your child. Certain times of the day may enhance your child's ability to cooperate and allows for a positive dental experience.
When will my child’s first tooth erupt?
About 6 months the two lower front teeth begin eruption and the remainder of the 20 primary teeth erupt during the next 24- 36 months. Keep in mind that every child is genetically unique in their eruption development. THESE ARE MERELY GUIDELINES!
Do I need to do fillings on baby teeth?
In most cases, the answer is yes. When left alone, most cavities will become bigger and start to cause pain, and the treatment can change from a simple filling to something more invasive and cosmetically undesirable like a root canal with a stainless steel crown or an extraction.
Should I be concerned that there are 2 rows of teeth?
Don’t panic. It’s a relatively common occurrence in children, and although it can look scary, it’s easy to treat and not a problem. This may happen if a child’s mouth is overcrowded or the permanent teeth may not be in proper alignment causing them to erupt out of the natural position.
May I accompany my child in the treatment area?
YES! You are welcome to accompany your child into the treatment area during the initial examination and all appointments. This allows your child to feel comfortable and for us to discuss dental findings and treatment directly with you.
Sometimes it is more beneficial if you wait for him/her in the reception area during the appointment. This will help us build a trusting relationship with your child. By staying in the waiting room, your child will place their trust in us, and he/she will feel comfortable coming back to the office. It is also a strong statement to your child about the trust you have in us to create a positive and caring experience for them.
We do ask that if you accompany your child you assume the role of a silent observer. It can be confusing if more than one person is speaking to the child. When we ask your child a question, please allow your child to answer. This will help create an open dialogue, and the child will feel comfortable talking to our dentists and staff!