Did you know…that early childhood caries is the most common chronic disease in American children? It is far more prevalent than other common childhood illnesses, such as asthma. Furthermore, tooth decay and gum disease that begins early in life are likely to progress over time, potentially leading to a lifetime of oral complications.
Frequently Asked Questions
What ages of children do pediatric dentists treat?A pediatric dentist will treat patients from birth through adolescence. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that young patients begin visiting a pediatric dentist no later than the first birthday when most children already have a first tooth. Children will continue to visit the dentist periodically throughout childhood to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
What type of training does a pediatric dentist have?A pediatric dentist has the same credentials as a family dentist, only with two additional years of training specifically in the oral treatment of babies, children, teens, and kids with special needs. They are trained to understand not only the dental needs of a child but also the psychological and emotional needs as well.
How can I make a pediatric dental appointment?Our staff is happy to assist you through the process of making the first appointment for your child. Simply call our office to speak with one of our helpful staff members and schedule your child’s visit. We aim to make your child’s experience as comfortable as possible.
Why are Baby Teeth Important
The primary teeth are the teeth that babies are born with and continue to develop in the first few years of life. Though these teeth
When Will My Baby Get His /Her First Tooth
Children are born with a set of primary teeth that last throughout early childhood. These primary teeth typically begin to emerge during the first year
When is the Best Time to Consult an Orthodontist
Orthodontists are dental specialists who work to bring the teeth and jaws into their ideal position for optimal oral health. It is very common for
Thumb-Sucking and Pacifier Use
Children are born with a natural sucking reflex. In fact, babies begin to suck on their fingers while still in the womb. Sucking a thumb
Decay Prevention for Children
A child’s oral health must be protected from birth through adolescence and into adulthood. Unfortunately, many children develop tooth decay early in life – a
Care of My Child’s Teeth
Your child’s mouth, jaw, and teeth are ever growing and changing. In fact, a child’s dental needs are often far greater than an adult’s due to
Nursing or “Baby Bottle” Decay
Baby bottle decay occurs as a result of long-term contact between the teeth and liquids that contain sugars. Often, infants and toddlers are allowed to drink
Your Child’s First Visit
Children should have a dental care home – preferably with a pediatric dentist who specializes in the oral health of children and adolescents. Early childhood dental