Frequently Asked Question
Finding the right dentist for your child can be a challenge. Here are some frequently asked questions many parents have about pediatric oral health. If you have additional questions, give us a call or submit a question online on our Ask Dr. Sophie page.
What is a pediatric 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.
How often does my child need to see the pediatric dentist?
Periodic Oral Evaluations are generally recommended every 3-6 months in order prevent cavities and other dental problems. Dr. Sophie will evaluate each patient's individual risk factors and establish a re-care frequency recommendation based on their personal oral health.
When should my baby start going to the dentist?
Both the Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatrics Recommends that all children visit a dentist when the first tooth erupts, or no later than their first birthday. Early preventive dental care has been shown to decrease future caries experience.
Do you cater to kids with special health needs?
In addition to 2 years of pediatric specialty training, Dr. Sophie spent a year in general residency with a focus on treating patients with complex medical histories and special needs. When renovating the office, we made sure to update the doorways, flooring, handrails, ramp and bathroom to accommodate patients in wheelchairs. Additionally we have an exam room without a dental chair to help even the most nervous patients feel more comfortable. We also suggest that you consider bringing a toy, sunglasses or wear a favorite item of clothing to wear to their first visit.
For a compelte list of dental topics and more FAQ visit the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry's sponsored website www.mychildrensteeth.org