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Pediatric Dentistry FAQ

How do I get started with pediatric dental care for my child?

Elite Pediatric Dentistry's treatment coordinators are top notch communicators who love to make the process as simple and easy as possible.  Book online anytime or just give us a call during our daily business hours.

When should I take my child to the dentist for the first check-up?

Not at all. Just give us a call or Book Online. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends: "In order to prevent dental problems, your child should see a pediatric dentist when the first tooth appears, or no later than his/her 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 two to three years specialty training following dental school and limits his/her practice to treating children only. Pediatric dentists are primary and specialty oral care providers for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health needs.

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.

What should I do if my child has a toothache?

First, rinse the irritated area with warm salt water and place a cold compress on the face if it is swollen. Give the child acetaminophen (e.g., Children's Tylenol) for any pain, rather than placing aspirin on the teeth or gums. Finally, see a dentist as soon as possible.

How can I prevent tooth decay caused by nursing?

Avoid nursing children to sleep or putting anything other than water in their bed-time bottle. Also, learn the proper way to brush and floss your child's teeth. Take your child to a pediatric dentist regularly to have his/her 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 pediatric dentist can tell you when and how often your child should visit based on their personal oral health.

Toothpaste: when should we begin using it and how much should we use?

The sooner the better! Starting at birth, clean your child’s gums with a soft infant toothbrush or cloth and water. Parents should use a tiny smear of fluoride toothpaste to brush baby teeth twice daily as soon as they erupt and a soft, age-appropriate sized toothbrush. Once children are 3 to 6 years old, then the amount should be increased to a pea-size dollop and perform or assist your child’s toothbrushing. Remember that 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 their 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.

Orthodontics FAQ

How do I get started with orthodontics for my child?

Start with a FREE Orthodontics Consultation!  Our orthodontics treatment coordinators are top notch communicators who love to make the process as simple and easy as possible.  Book online anytime or just give us a call during our daily business hours.

Do I need a referral to come to you?

Not necessarily. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends children to visit an orthodontist around the age of 7.

What treatments are common with younger children?

Overbite treatments, invisible aligners, and braces are just some of the most common treatments among younr children.

Does my child have to get metal braces?

A child can get metal braces, depending on the assessment of the orthodontist. This usually applies for those with crooked teeth, overcrowded teeth, and maloclussion (also known as ‘bad bite’).

How long will my child need braces?

This will vary on your child’s dental condition. More often than not, a child can wear braces between 1 ½  to 3 years.

Will my child need a retainer?

After completing their metal braces treatment, a retainer is usually needed to maintain alignment of the teeth.

What is Invisible Clear Aligner treatment?

An Invisible Clear Aligner treatment is an orthodontic technique that aims to create alignment in the teeth without the use of metal braces.

What is the Invisible Clear Aligner treatment process?

First, we will start with a free consultation so we can determine if the Invisible Clear Aligner treatment will be the best option for you. After which, you will be given a set of trays that you can change for 1-2 weeks (or upon advice of your orthodontist) until your teeth shifts into its proper position. 

Why should I feel confident about Invisible Clear Aligner treatment?

The Invisible Clear Aligner treatment can improve your overall dental health and your smile. 

How do I take care of my Invisible Clear Aligners?

Maintaining your aligners is easy. You just need to rinse and brush it every night. It is recommended to use a soft-bristled toothbrush with mild liquid soap to remove any dirt particles.