FAQ

Why should I choose to visit Dentistry 4 Kids?

If you prefer a professional team of doctors that cares about each and every patient, then we are the practice you want to provide treatment for your child, utilizing the best technology and proven methodology. Additionally, we offer seven convenient locations for you to visit. At Dentistry 4 Kids we ensure you will receive compassionate treatment and personalized care through our mandate of 100% customer satisfaction.

At what age do I need to begin brushing my baby’s teeth?

The American Dental Association recommends parents begin brushing their infant’s gums at birth. You may start by gently brushing your child’s gums with a soft infant toothbrush, or by taking a cloth with water on it and rubbing softly in a back-and-forth motion. Once your child’s teeth first appear, you should begin a regimen of brushing twice per day with a fluoridated toothpaste and a soft toothbrush made for small children. Be careful to use the proper amount of tooth paste, no more than a smear for children under the age of two, and no larger than the size of a pea for toddlers aged two through five. Parents should assist in this process at these young ages to begin cultivating healthy oral health care habits for their children.

What is the correct age for my child’s first visit to a dentist?

By the age of one, or as soon as their first tooth erupts. Both the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend for a child’s first visit to occur at the time of their first birthday. Their first exam will establish positive habits for your child and introduce them to their dentist. Results show that early examination and preventative care protect a child’s smile for the long term. Your child should visit a pediatric dentist as soon as their first tooth arrives, and certainly no later than the age of one.

Why does my child need to visit a dentist so young?

Children may develop dental problems at a very early age. A major concern for them is early stage tooth decay, often called “caries”. Most children have diets made up of breast-milk, formula or juice, which are major causes of, and present a great risk for, tooth decay. It is vitally important to begin a comprehensive prevention program for your child. The earlier you are able to establish positive oral health habits, the better. Consequently, the earlier their first dental visit is, the better the chance of preventing problems they will have.

 

What is a Pediatric Dentist?

Pediatric Dentists are the pediatricians of dentistry. They receive two to three years specialty training following dental school and limits their practice to only treating children. Pediatric Dentists are primary and specialty oral care providers for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health needs. Pediatric dentists are dedicated to the oral health of children and have the experience and qualifications to care for a child’s teeth, gums, and mouth throughout the various stages of childhood.

What is an Orthodontist?

An Orthodontist receives an additional two to three years of training as a specialist in diagnosing and treatment of specific dental problems. Primarily, they focus on bringing teeth and jaws into proper alignment for the purpose of achieving a healthy bite and positioning of the teeth.

When should my child visit an Orthodontist?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child receive an exam from a licensed Orthodontic Specialist by the age of seven. Many people believe that all of the baby teeth must have come out prior to receiving braces. However, that is not true with modern dentistry and orthodontics. With early detection and the use of Phase I type appliances, many families are able to avoid more difficult treatment down the road.