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- How are appointments scheduled?
- Can I stay with my child during their appointment?
- How often should I take my child to the dentist?
- How can parents help keep their children’s teeth healthy?
- Why choose a pediatric dentist?
- What if my child is anxious about their trip to the dentist?
- Why are dental x rays needed?
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How are appointments scheduled?
Our office makes every effort to schedule your child’s appointment when it is most convenient for you. All of our cleaning appointments are scheduled for 45 minutes, this gives your child the time they need to get comfortable, have their teeth cleaned, be examined by Dr. Parks and receive oral hygiene instructions.
Can I stay with my child during their appointment?
Absolutely! In fact Dr. Parks and our staff encourage you to be with your child throughout the entire visit, this allows you to be present for the exam, xrays and oral hygiene instruction given at each visit. If your preference is to allow your child to be guided through their visit with one of our dental hygienists, that works as well.
How often should I take my child to the dentist?
Following their first appointment we recommend that all children see their dental professional every 6 months or twice a year. This allows our staff to professionally clean their teeth, routinely evaluate oral development and discuss proper home care. Dr. Parks follows the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommendation that a child goes to the dentist by age 1 or within six months after the first tooth erupts. Primary teeth, or baby teeth, typically begin growing in around 6 months of age.
How can parents help keep their children’s teeth healthy?
There are many ways parents play a role in their children’s oral health. Incorporating brushing and flossing into a normal and fun daily routine is at the center. When children are young allow them to pick out their toothbrush and help prepare the brush with kid-friendly toothpaste. Take turns brushing their teeth, perhaps they go first and you “help” them afterwards.
Diet is also a major factor in oral health. Try to encourage a healthy balanced diet, limiting foods with a high sugar content.
Finally, maintaining your own oral health as a parent also sets a healthy example for your child. Perhaps make brushing at night an activity you do together.
Why choose a pediatric dentist?
Pediatric dentists are specifically trained for, and committed to, the dental needs of children. It makes the most sense to choose a pediatric dentist just as you most likely have chosen a pediatrician for your child’s medical needs.
- Completed an additional advanced post-doctoral degree is the speciality of pediatric dentistry.
- Designed our office and practice to make you and your child feel welcome.
- Stays current on the latest advances in dentistry for children.
- Continually focus on developing trust and confidence with your child.
- Encourages parent involvement and welcomes parents into the treatment area.
What if my child is anxious about their trip to the dentist?
We understand that new experiences can be frightening or overwhelming to anyone, especially children. Dr. Parks and his staff are specially trained to help your child have the best experience possible and hopefully have them excited to come back and visit. As a parent you can talk about the upcoming visit with your child and avoid using words such as needle, shot, pull, drill or hurt. In some instances Dr. Parks may recommend using nitrous oxide gas, also known as “laughing gas.” This is a safe and effective way to help your child relax and have a good experience.
Why are dental x rays needed?
Our office utilizes digital x-rays, which allows Dr. Parks to see inside the teeth for any signs of decay and monitor growth and development. Digital x-rays are lower in radiation than traditional x rays and are utilized in conjunction with a thorough oral exam to maintain your child’s healthy smile. Dr. Parks recommends bitewing x rays be taken once a year and full mouth or panoramic x-rays taken every 3-5 years. You will also be asked for permission before we take any x rays of your children.