Here are some Frequently Asked Questions…
What should I use to clean my baby’s teeth?
At Just Kidz Dentistry we encourage using a toothbrush to 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.
When should I take my child to the dentist for the first check-up?
In order to prevent dental problems,your child should see a pediatric dentist within 6 months after the first tooth appears, or no later than his/her first birthday whichever comes first.
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.
Are baby teeth really that important to my child?
Primary, or “baby”, teeth are important for many reasons. Not only do they help children speak clearly and chew naturally, they also aid in forming a path that permanent teeth can follow when they are ready to erupt.
How often does my child need to see the pediatric dentist?
A check-up every six months is recommended in order to 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.
How can parents help prevent tooth decay?
Parents should take their children to the dentist regularly, beginning with the eruption of the first tooth. Then, the 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.
Do special children have special dental needs?
Most do. Some special children are very susceptible to tooth decay, gum disease or oral trauma. Others require medication or diet detrimental to dental health. Still other children have physical difficulty with effective dental habits at home. The good news is, dental disease is preventable. Every child can enjoy a healthy smile when dental care begins at an early age and is followed as the child grows.
How can I prevent dental problems for my special child?
A first dental visit at Just Kidz Dentistry by the first birthday will start your child on a lifetime of good dental health. Our staff will take a full medical history, gently examine your child’s teeth and gums, then plan preventive care designed for your child’s needs.
Will preventive dentistry benefit my child?
Yes! Your child will benefit from the preventive approach recommended for all children- effective brushing and flossing, moderate snacking and adequate fluoride. Home care takes just minutes a day and prevents needless dental problems. Regular professional cleanings and fluoride treatments are also very beneficial. Sealants can prevent tooth decay on the chewing surfaces of molars where four out of five cavities occur.
Are pediatric dentists prepared to care for special children?
Absolutely. Pediatric dentists have two or more years of advanced training beyond dental school. Their education as specialists focuses on care for children with special needs. In addition, our offices were designed to be physically accessible for special patients. Pediatric dentists, because of their expertise, are often the clinicians of choice for the dental care of adults with special needs as well.
Will my child need special care during dental treatment?
Some kidz need more support than a gentle, caring manner to feel comfortable during dental treatment. Restraint or mild conscious sedation may benefit your special child. Our dentists have comprehensive education in behavior management and conscious sedation techniques. They will select a technique based on the specific health needs of your child, then discuss the benefits, limits and risks of that technique with you.
What if I do not have dental insurance?
In 2016 Just Kidz Dentistry debuted out “In House Dental Plan”. More Information to come. Please call the office if you are interested.