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FAQs | Pediatric Dentist Questions

Pediatric dentist questions frequently asked.

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Pediatric dentist General Faqs.

Pediatric dentist general frequently asked questions:


What types of insurance does your dentist office accept?

We accept most insurance plans, including Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (“AHCCCS”), aka “Access”, Mercy Care Plan, APIPA, Maricopa Health Plan, Advantica, Phoenix Health Plan, Cigna, Aetna, Blue Cross, MetLife, Delta Dental of Arizona, and other plans.

When should my child see dentist for the first time?

Your child should see a pediatric dentist when the first tooth appears and no later than your child’s first birthday.

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

Pediatric dentists are the “pediatricians of dentistry”.

A pediatric dentist has 2-3 years of specialty training following dental school.  Pediatric dentists are primary  specialized oral care providers for infants and kids through adolescence. Pediatric dentists also care for those children with special health needs.

How safe are dental X-rays?

There is very little risk in dental X-rays. Pediatric dentists are especially careful to limit the amount of radiation to which children are exposed.The latest advances in digital technology has helped this overall concern. We use digital X-rays, which further limit the amount of radiation to which children are exposed. Lead aprons and high-speed film are also used to ensure safety and minimize the amount of radiation.

Are baby teeth really that important to my child?

Primary, or baby teeth are important for many reasons.

Not only do they help kids speak clearly and chew naturally, they also aid in forming a path that permanent teeth can follow when they are ready to erupt.

What should I do if my child has a toothache?

First, rinse the irritated area with warm water and place a cold compress on the face if it is swollen. Give the child acetaminophen for any pain, rather than placing aspirin on the teeth or gums.

Finally, see a dentist as soon as possible.

Is thumb-sucking or pacifier habits harmful for a child’s teeth?

Thumb and pacifier sucking habits generally only become a problem if they go on for a long period of time. Most children stop these habits on their own. If the child is still sucking their thumbs or fingers past the age of three, a mouth appliance may be recommended by your pediatric dentist.

How can I prevent decay caused by nursing?

Avoid nursing children to sleep or putting anything other than water in their bedtime bottle. Learn the proper way to brush and floss your child’s teeth.

Take your child to a kid’s dentist regularly to have their teeth and gums checked. The first dental visit should be scheduled by your child’s first birthday.

How often does my child need to see the pediatric dentist?

A check-up every six months is recommended in order prevent cavities and other dental problems. However, your kid’s dentist can tell you when and how often your child should visit based on their personal oral health.

When should we begin toothpaste and how much should we use?

Clean your child’s gums with a soft infant toothbrush or cloth and water starting at birth. When teeth begin to appear, start brushing twice daily using fluoridated toothpaste and a soft, age-appropriate sized toothbrush. Use a “smear” of toothpaste to brush the teeth of a child less than 2 years of age. For the 2-5 year old, dispense a “pea-size” amount of toothpaste and perform or assist your child’s tooth-brushing. Remember, young children do not have the ability to brush their teeth effectively. Children should spit out and not swallow excess toothpaste after brushing.

How do I make my child’s diet safe for his teeth?

Make sure your child has a balanced diet, including one serving each of: fruits and vegetables, breads and cereals, milk and dairy products, and meat fish and eggs. Limiting the servings of sugars and starches will also aid in protecting your child’s teeth from decay. You can also ask your pediatric dentist to help you select foods that protect your children’s teeth.

How do dental sealants work?

Sealants work by filling in the crevasses on the chewing surfaces of the teeth. This shuts out food particles that could get caught in the teeth, causing cavities. The application is fast and comfortable and can effectively protect teeth for many years.

How do I know if my child is getting enough fluoride?

Have your pediatric dentist evaluate the fluoride level of your child’s primary source of drinking water. If your child is not getting enough fluoride internally through water (especially if the fluoride level is deficient or if your child drinks bottled water without fluoride), then your pediatric dentist may prescribe fluoride supplements.

What can I do to protect my child’s teeth during sporting events?

Soft plastic mouth-guards can be used to protect a child’s teeth, lips, cheeks and gums from sport related injuries. A custom-fitted mouth guard developed by a pediatric dentist will protect your child from injuries to the teeth, face and even provide protection from severe injuries to the head.

What should I do if my child falls and knocks out a permanent tooth?

The most important thing to do is to remain calm. Then find the tooth. Hold it by the crown rather than the root and try to reinsert it in the socket. If that is not possible, put the tooth in a glass of milk and take your child and the glass immediately to the pediatric dentist.

How can parents help prevent tooth decay?

Parents should take their kids to a children’s dentist regularly, beginning with the eruption of the first tooth. Then, the children’s dentist can recommend a specific program of brushing, flossing, and other treatments for parents to supervise and teach to their children. These home treatments, when added to regular dental visits and a balanced diet, will help give your child a lifetime of healthy habits.

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

A toothbrush will remove plaque bacteria that can lead to decay. Any soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head, preferably one designed specifically for infants, should be used at least once a day at bedtime.