FAQs

What is the difference between a pediatric dentist and a family dentist?
A pediatric dentist undergoes additional training to become highly qualified to care for young patients. To learn more about how our office and dental experience is tailored toward treating children, you can check out our What is a Pediatric Dentist? Page.
At what age should I bring my child into the dentist for the first time?
Really, as soon as your baby has teeth, they should start receiving dental attention! Every baby is different, but the average age to start getting teeth is six months old. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) suggests that children should be brought into the dentist for the first time when they’re a year old or even earlier.
How frequently should my child see the dentist?
Your child’s baby teeth are important to their future, and we know you want the brightest future for your child! Just like adults, a child should visit their dentist once every six months or more, depending on the level of treatment they need.
When and how should I start brushing and flossing my child’s teeth?
Once your child’s teeth have come through the gums, they need to be cared for. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste with fluoride to thoroughly brush the teeth and gums.

What about flossing? Flossing is important as well, and is necessary if the adjacent tooth surfaces cannot be cleaned with a brush. However, if your child’s teeth are still widely spaced, they may not need floss just yet.

What if my child cries while having their teeth brushed?
Babies and children often get fussy when parents brush their teeth. Try distracting them with a game, toy, or song. With consistency, children will learn that dental care is part of an important daily routine.
What about cavities?
Does your child carry around a sippy cup around or grab snacks frequently? Breaking these habits could improve their dental health.

You can keep your child’s risk factor of dental decay low by keeping eating and drinking exclusively to mealtimes. You can also encourage your child to eat non-acidic snacks like fruits, vegetables, or dairy instead of chips, crackers, or sweets.

Bring your child in to see Dr. Field frequently for dental examinations. If your child does have a cavity, it is easily treatable if we detect it early.

What if my child is nervous about visiting the dentist’s office?
Dr. Field and his team specialize in making your children feel right at home. They will do everything they can to create a positive and enjoyable experience for your child. To learn more about getting your child ready for their dental visit, visit our “Preparing Your Child” page.

We also provide safe sedation dentistry options for your children. You can learn more about our conscious and IV sedation options on our sedation dentistry page.

Why are baby teeth so important?
Even though baby teeth fall out later, they can have a vital impact on your child’s oral health and development. Well maintained baby teeth help your child learn to chew properly and speak clearly. Most children don’t lose all of their baby teeth until they are twelve. How your child cares for their baby teeth will affect the way they continue to care for their adult teeth. Children who learn good oral hygiene habits early are more likely to maintain those habits later in life and are less likely to develop dental problems. Furthermore, baby teeth maintain space for the permanent teeth. If a baby tooth is lost too early, the loss could affect the spacing of your child’s permanent teeth underneath the gumline. Even worse, decay in baby teeth can lead to infections or abscesses that could spread to the surrounding tissues if the decay is left untreated.

We are happy to answer any other questions you may have. Call us today to schedule your appointment.

See our Pediatric Dental Emergencies Guide for more details on what to do in some emergency situations.

Emergencies

We are happy to answer any other questions you may have. Call us today to schedule your appointment.