What should I use to clean my baby's teeth?

Any soft toothbrush with a small head, we recommend that it should be used at least once a day at bedtime. Regular oral hygiene will remove plaque and bacteria.

When should I take my child to the dentist for the first time?

When the first tooth appears, or no later than his/her first birthday. 1st visit by 1st year!

What is the difference between a pediatric dentist and a family dentist?

Pediatric dentists are the pediatricians of dentistry. A pediatric dentist has two to three years specialty training following dental school. Pediatric dentists specialize in oral care providers for infants and children though adolescence, including those with special health needs.

Are baby that important to my child?

Wha?! Yes! Without baby teeth your child would not be able to eat or speak correctly. Primary, or "baby" teeth also guide adult/permanent teeth into the right spots in the mouth. Those that lose baby teeth really early to decay often have bigger problems once adult teeth start to come into the mouth.

What should I do if my child has a toothache?

Rinse the area with warm salt water and give the child Children's Tylenol for pain. See a dentist as soon as possible.

Are thumbsucking and pacifier habits harmful for a child's teeth?

Thumbsucking and pacifier habits can be harmful the your child's developing bite. Frequency, duration, and intensity are what determine if these habits will be harmful or not. These habits should be discontinued by the age of three years old.

What about nursing and tooth decay?

Breast milk is good for the body, but can be bad for the teeth if not careful. Breast milk contains sugars and can cause "baby bottle decay." Avoid nursing your child to sleep or putting them to bed with a bottle of milk, or anything other than water. Clean your child's teeth after nursing/feeding before bed.

When should we start using toothpaste? What kind? How much?

Start brushing right away! Clean your child's gums with a toothbrush or cloth.
Less than 3, use tiny smear of fluoride toothpaste twice daily. At 3 they get a pea. Pea-size amount of fluoride toothpaste.

What are dental sealants?

Most cavities are found on the chewing surfaces of teeth. Sealants work by filling in crevasses on these surfaces to help prevent plaque and bacteria from collecting and creating a cavity. Sealants are painless and placed quickly.

What do I do if my child has an adult tooth knocked out?

Time is key! Get to a dental office ASAP. If possible rinse tooth off with water while holding it by the crown and then place back into tooth socket. If this is not possible place tooth into glass of milk and see a dentist.

Are dental X-rays safe? Are they necessary?

Our state of the art equipment ensures safety and minimizes the amount of radiation used. Dental X-rays are very safe with very little risk. We only take x-rays when needed, and are careful to limit the amount of radiation used.

When will my child get their first tooth?

Teething starts around 6-9 months old. They will continue to get their baby teeth until they are 2-3 years old. There are 20 primary teeth.

When will my child lose their first tooth?

Your child will begin to lose their front teeth around 6 years old and will also get their first adult molars around the same time!