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Why a Pediatric Dental Specialist?

Pediatric Dentists are the Pediatricians of Dentistry. They graduate from dental school, like family dentists, then they attend an additional 2-3 years of specialty training. Once their formal education is completed, their focus is completely on kids.

When should I schedule the first visit?

It is recommended that children go to their first dental appointment around their first birthday. This visit is usually to familiarize the mother and father with the anticipated dental needs.

Does breast milk cause dental cavities?

Yes and No. Breast milk won't cause cavities but if they get cavities milk will cause them to grow faster.   Wipe your babies teeth with a soft damp wash clothe following each feeding.  

Do all natural fruit juices cause dental cavities?

Yes. This common misconception leads to early childhood caries. As with other things, moderation is the key. It is recommended kids limit their intake of fruit juices to 10 oz, once a day.

Why fix baby teeth if they are only doing to fall out?

It depends on the tooth. Some teeth fall out around the age of 6.  Other baby teeth won't fall out until the age of 12. They hold open the spaces for the permanent teeth and help with biting and chewing. Early loss of these teeth can lead to significant crowding issue later in life.

What do I tell my child prior to a dental filling?

Tell them it's going to be fine and avoid using words like shot, needle or injection.  

When do my kids need braces?

Most cases start around the age of 12. Some cases have a preliminary phase around the age of 7-8.

Is fluoride good for teeth?

Fluoride is undoubtedly good for teeth. It helps prevent decay and can ever reverse the initial phases of cavities.

Is it fluoride safe?  

Fluoride treatment for dental caries is considered "Standard of Care".  As a treatment it is endorsed by American Dental Association and Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.  Special care should be taken to avoid toxic exposures.  

What if my child is afraid of the dentist?

Dental fear is normal, especially if they have had a negative dental experience in the past. Come in for a visit. We'll do everything we can to ensure a safe, calm experience.