The following questions are some of the most Frequently Asked Questions that we have received:

Will you allow me in the treatment room with my child?

Parents are welcome in the treatment room with their child during the examination. During treatment, we encourage parents to wait in the waiting room. We find that most children do best with treatment when their parents are not present. However, we are usually able to accommodate parents who would really prefer to be in the treatment room during treatment.

Why bother fixing baby teeth if they’re just going to fall out?

Baby teeth are important in allowing children to eat, speak as well as important in self-esteem (children get embarrassed about teeth that don’t look good too!). Baby teeth are also important in holding the space open for adult teeth to come in. Cavities are infections caused by bacteria. If the infection gets bad enough it can cause pain, swelling and in very extreme cases, death. Cavities in baby teeth can cause behavioral problems and problems learning due to the pain. The infection can spread to adult teeth as well. Good oral health as a child is important to safeguard the oral health for the rest of child’s life.

When should my child see the dentist for the first time?

Children should see a dentist when their first tooth appears and every six months after. During this appointment, parents can ask questions and receive information about keeping their child’s mouth healthy.

Why so early?

We want to prevent problems for your child before they start.

Why are baby teeth important?

Baby teeth are very important. They help with chewing, eating and even with speech development. They hold a space for the permanent teeth to come in and for the permanent teeth to grow into the correct position. The front teeth last until 6-8 years of age, and the back teeth from canine to molars from age 9-12.

Why is in office fluoride varnish important to the teeth?

Fluoride has been shown to strengthen teeth and decrease cavities. In-office fluoride varnish is recommended twice per year. For children at greater risk of decay, fluoride may be recommended more frequently. Fluoride varnish is easily applied with a brush and the patient can eat and drink immediately after it is applied. For more information about fluoride please visit the American Dental Association website.

What are dental sealants?

A sealant is a plastic coating that fills in the deep grooves and pits on the biting surface of a tooth. Sometimes the grooves and pits on the tooth are smaller or narrower than a toothbrush bristle, so even when the person is a good brusher the food and bacteria stay in these areas and form a cavity. Sealants protect the surfaces of teeth having grooves and pits, primary the chewing services of back teeth. Sealants do not work between the teeth so flossing remains important to protect those areas from decay.

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