Frequently Asked Questions

We receive a lot of questions from parents who want the best for their children, so we do our best to arm families with the knowledge they need to help their kids have positive oral health. Don’t see your question answered below? Feel free to call our office or send us a message using our virtual contact form and our knowledgeable front office team will have an answer for you shortly!

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What are the benefits of choosing a pediatric dentist?

Pediatric dentistry requires a few additional years of education beyond dental school so pediatric dentists can learn everything they need to know to cater to the specific needs of children. Pediatric dentists usually take on this extra commitment because they have a passion for working with children, so you can be sure that every dentist at Tots to Teens Pediatric Dentistry doesn’t just tolerate working with kids— they really love what they do!

When should my child begin visiting the dentist regularly?

Children should begin visiting the dentist regularly around the age of one or when their first tooth grows in, whichever happens first. It’s important for babies and toddlers to visit the dentist to ensure that their teeth are growing in properly and any issues can be taken care of early on. If your child is older and hasn’t seen a dentist yet, it’s not a cause for serious concern, but we recommend scheduling an appointment with our team at your earliest convenience.

How can I help my child avoid cavities?

There are times when a dental issue is essentially unavoidable, but if you want to help your child join the cavity-free club, our team recommends that you:

  • Schedule routine dentist appointments for your child and make sure that they are brushing and flossing their teeth regularly.
  • Utilize preventive treatments like dental sealants and fluoride treatments.
  • Limit sugary snacks and drinks and opt for healthier options instead.

At what age can a child brush their teeth on their own?

This varies from child to child, and it’s ultimately up to you when you want to shift the responsibility over to them. When a child can tie their own shoes or when they begin losing baby teeth is usually around the time when they can begin brushing their own teeth, which is age six for most children. We still recommend supervising your child while they brush their teeth to make sure that they are brushing their teeth well and for an appropriate amount of time.

How long can my child visit a pediatric dental practice?

The answer is in the name of our practice— we accept the tiniest of tots all the way up to teenagers! Our team loves working with babies, children, and teenagers from all different dental backgrounds and watching them grow throughout the years.

Need to make an appointment for your child? Please get in touch with our office and we will gladly set it up for you.

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