What is pediatric dentistry?
Pediatric dentistry is the specialty of dentistry that focuses on the oral health of young people. We are concerned about your child's total health care. Good oral health is an important part of total health. Establishing us as your child's Dental Home provides us the opportunity to implement preventive dental health habits that keep a child free from dental/oral disease. We focus on prevention, early detection and treatment of dental diseases, and keep current on the latest advances in dentistry for children.
Who is a pediatric dentist?
After completing a four-year dental school curriculum, two to three additional years of rigorous training are required to become a pediatric dentist. This specialized program of study and hands-on experience prepares pediatric dentists to meet the needs of infants, children and adolescents, including those with special health care needs.
Why is visiting the dentist so important for my child? Aren't their baby teeth just going to fall out anyway?
Baby teeth are necessary for eating a healthy diet, maintaining space for permanent teeth, speech development, and precious smiles. Baby molars may not fall out until children are 13 or 14 years old. Cavities in baby teeth are like cavities in permanent teeth and can cause pain and infection. Regular dental care will help your child maintain a healthy smile!
At what age should I start taking my child to see the dentist?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends children first see a dentist as early as six-months-old and no later than age one. During this time, your child's baby teeth will be coming in, and Dr. Young can examine the health of your child's first few teeth. After the first visit, be sure and schedule regular checkups every six months.
How often should I see the dentist?
Infants, children, and teens should all see the dentist for a regular checkup at least once every six months. Children who are at a greater risk for severe dental decay may be required to see the dentist more than just twice a year. You doctor will help determine how often you should visit the dentist for regular checkups.
What is a cavity?
A cavity is a small hole that forms inside the tooth and is caused by tooth decay. Cavities are formed when plaque build-up on the outside of the tooth combines with sugars and starches in the food you eat. This can produce an acid that can eat away the enamel on your tooth. If a cavity is left untreated, it can lead to more serious oral health problems. Cavities can be prevented by remembering to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss in between teeth at least once.
What is a filling?
A filling is a synthetic material that Dr. Young uses to fill a cavity after all of the tooth decay has been removed. Fillings do not generally hurt because Dr. Young uses laser dentistry or in the case of deeper cavities, will numb your mouth with an anesthetic. Fillings are made from a variety of different materials, including tooth colored composite resin. Dr. Young does not use silver/mercury amalgam fillings in his office.
How often should I brush my child's teeth?
According to Dr. Young and the American Dental Association, you should be brushing your child's teeth at least two times a day. Children will not have the dexterity to effectively brush their teeth until they are 6 or 7 years old, and even then should be monitored closely. Brushing keeps your teeth, gums and mouth clean and healthy by removing bacteria causing plaque. It is also recommended when you brush your teeth, you use a soft bristle toothbrush and toothpaste that contains fluoride. You should spend at least a minute on the top teeth and a minute on the bottom teeth, and remember to brush your tongue; it will help keep your breath smelling fresh!
When should I change my toothbrush?
Your toothbrush will eventually wear out, especially if you are brushing your teeth twice a day for two to three minutes each time. Dr. Young recommends children should change their toothbrush every three months. If you are using an electric toothbrush, be sure to read the directions as you may not need to change toothbrush heads as frequently. After brushing, rinse your toothbrush with hot water to kill germs and keep the bristles clean. If you've been sick, be sure to change your toothbrush as soon as possible.
If I have braces, do I still need dental checkups every six months?
Yes! In fact, it's even more important that patients receiving orthodontic treatment visit their dentist regularly. With braces, food may be caught in places your toothbrush can't reach. This causes bacteria to build up and can lead to cavities, gingivitis and gum disease. Your dentist will work closely with your orthodontist to make sure your teeth stay clean and healthy while wearing braces.
How do I schedule my next checkup?
Simply call our practice! Our front desk staff will be happy to help schedule your next dental checkup at your convenience. If you are a new patient, please let us know, and we will provide you with all the information you need for your first dental visit.