What is a pediatric dentist?
A pediatric dentist is a dentist with specialty training in caring for infants, children, adolescents, and persons with special healthcare needs. They complete an additional 2-3 years of residency training beyond dental school, and are trained in various behavior management techniques. Their office is often designed with kids in mind, with visual aids and entertainment to help children feel comfortable and safe.

What is an orthodontist?
An orthodontist is a dentist with specialty training in straightening teeth and aligning jaws. They complete an additional 2-3 years of residency training beyond dental school, and are experts in the use of braces as well as various other techniques to create beautiful smiles.

Why choose a Board Certified dental specialist?
A board certified dental specialist has voluntarily gone through hundreds of additional hours of preparation to demonstrate their judgement, skills, and knowledge required for providing the highest level of patient care. This is the highest achievement obtainable within a specialty, and demonstrates a commitment to continuing education and clinical excellence.

What is the best time for orthodontic treatment?
The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends the first orthodontic evaluation at about age 7. Not all children will require treatment at this time. However a trained orthodontist can best determine the appropriate timing and customized treatment plan for each individual.

How do I prevent cavities?
The best way to prevent cavities is to start oral hygiene measures as soon as the first teeth erupt. Ideal home care includes brushing twice a day and flossing once a day. In addition, maintaining a healthy diet low in sugar content is critical. Good oral hygiene and diet coupled with professional dental examinations and cleanings every six month significantly lowers the risk of developing dental decay. In addition, professional fluoride application and dental sealants are extremely beneficial to help protect against cavities.

When will my baby start getting teeth?
Infants get their first teeth at 6 months of age on average. However anywhere from birth to 1 year of age is considered within normal limits for initial tooth eruption. Most commonly, the lower front center teeth are the first to erupt, and teeth commonly erupt in pairs.

Why are primary teeth so important?
Caring for baby teeth with proper diet and oral hygiene is extremely important because these teeth play a critical role in nourishment, speech development, and positioning of permanent teeth.

What is the best toothpaste for my child?
The best toothpaste is one that contains fluoride to protect teeth from dental decay. Just a little goes a long way. A “smear” or “rice-size” amount of fluoridated toothpaste for children under the age of 3 years, and a “pea-size” amount of fluoridated toothpaste for children ages 3 to 6 years is all that’s needed to be safe and effective.

What is baby bottle tooth decay?
This dental problem occurs when a baby goes to sleep with a bottle of milk, juice, or other sweet beverage. This allows the sweet liquid to pool around a child’s teeth. This habit can create decay quickly since bacteria has the chance to produce acids that then attack tooth enamel. If you need to give your baby a bottle at bed or naptime, make sure it only contains water.

Can sippy cups cause tooth decay?
If your child uses a sippy cup throughout the day, discontinue it after the first birthday. Sugar-containing drinks can soak the child’s teeth in bacteria, quickly resulting in cavities.

Tongue piercing – is it really cool?
Tongue piercing has become somewhat popular on the teen scene. However, it can cause many dental and general health issues. Some of these problems include: blood poisoning, nerve disorders, receding gums or scar tissue, cracked or chipped teeth, and heart infections. They can also cause the tongue to swell and close off the airway! The ADA (American Dental Association) recommends not getting any mouth jewelry.

What if my child’s adult teeth are coming in behind baby teeth?
This is a common occurrence that requires prompt attention by a dentist. In most cases, the baby tooth should be removed to prevent displacement of the permanent tooth out of its normal position.

How much can a good diet affect the health of teeth?
It is true that what you eat can have a big impact on your overall health. It is the same with your dental health. Healthy eating habits can lead to healthy teeth and are important for every system of the body. How often children snack is important because sugar that stays on the teeth all day can lead to increased cavities. Choose nutritious snacks, such as cheese, vegetables, and yogurt, which are better for their teeth. A good, well-balanced meal with little sugar is the best diet for children.