In honor of National Dental Health Month, we are giving you some answers to the frequently asked questions from first time parents. A lot has changed since today’s parents have gone to the dentist and there are some updated methods and new equipment but belo
1. Why choose a pediatric dentist over a “regular” dentist?
Following dental school, the Lasky Pediatric Dental Group dentists have undergone an additional two years of training that focused on the specific issues involved with younger patients. We believe that we are uniquely qualified in the areas of the growth and development of their teeth and jaws, orthodontics, sedation dentistry and how to treat the anxious patient or one with special health needs.
2. When’s the best time to bring my child in for their first dental exam with a pediatric dentist?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentists recommends that your child sees a pediatric dentist by their first birthday or around the time their first tooth erupts. These early visits are used to look at the child’s mouth and discuss any concerns you as the parent may have. We will discuss the best ways to brush your child’s teeth, which areas you might be missing, create a personalized hygiene program, review your child’s individual, diet, habits (thumb, finger or pacifier), decay potential, and how often your child should see the dentist.
3. What to expect at your child’s first visit to the pediatric dentist’s office?
Depending on the age of your child, you can expect an examination, cleaning, and, if necessary, fluoride treatment. These procedures can be done many different ways, depending on the cooperation level of the child. In fact, we will even examine a child’s mouth in our waiting room sitting on his or her parent’s lap.
At each subsequent visit, your pediatric dentist will assess the child’s needs and anxiety level and alter the treatment accordingly to make the visit a pleasant one and allay any fears.
4. If my child hurts his mouth outside of regular business hours what should we do?
First assess the injury and, if the child has knocked out a tooth, make sure you find the tooth and pick it up by the enamel portion. Do NOT try to put it back into the socket! If it is an adult tooth, rinse it off and put it in water or milk and make sure you call your pediatric dentist as soon as possible.
Please note that the Lasky Pediatric Dental Group is here for our patients 24 hours a day – 7 days a week. We have an after hours emergency pager number (818) 215-0102 to be used in case of a dental emergency. And while many pediatric dental situations can be assessed and handled over the phone, we will determine at that time if your child needs to be seen immediately or if you can wait to see us the next business day.
These are only a few of the most common frequently asked questions for first time parents. If you have any other questions, feel free to email us or call us at our office 818-465-7545 at any time. Our goal is to provide your child with exceptional oral health care and allay any parents concerns and fears about creating good oral health habits at home.