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. (www.aapd.org)

Why are baby (primary) teeth so important?

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. (www.aapd.org)

When should I take my child to the dentist for their first dental exam?

In order to prevent dental problems, your child should see a pediatric dentist when the first tooth appears, or no later than his/her first birthday. (www.aapd.org)

How often should my child see the dentist?

A check-up every six months is recommended in order 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.  (www.aapd.org)

Why does my child grind at night? Is this a problem?

It is very important to brush your child’s teeth, gums, and tongue, and floss every day. We do not recommend that children or teenagers use alcohol-based mouth rinses. Bad breath can also be seen in children with allergies, asthma, sinus infections, or gastrointestinal problems. If you are addressing your child’s dental health and the bad breath is still present, we recommend you have your child be seen by their pediatrician to address the primary cause.

Why does my child grind at night? Is this a problem?

Children exhibit teeth grinding very commonly. Children’s bites are very flexible and subject to changes as they grow. Occasionally, children will exhibit an abnormal bite causing them to grind because of the placement of their teeth. Grinding can also be observed at times of stress/anxiety. A lot of children will stop grinding once their six-year permanent molars erupt. Their permanent teeth bite begins to establish itself once those molars erupt. Grinding in children usually does not cause any damage. (www.aapd.org)

How do I prevent bad breath (halitosis) in my child?

There can be many causes for bad breath: Food, gum disease, dry mouth, smoking/tobacco, and medical conditions such as allergies, asthma, sinus/lung infections, diabetes, and/or gastrointestinal problems. Maintaining good oral hygiene, eliminating gum disease and scheduling regular professional cleanings are essential to reducing bad breath. Brush twice a day and clean between your teeth daily with floss. Brush your tongue, too. Mouthwashes can help too. We recommend to use an alcohol-free rinse for your child. If your child’s dental health is being addressed, we recommend you talk to their pediatrician to evaluate other causes. (www.mouthhealthy.org)

What can you do to help my child be comfortable during his/her dental visits?

Our goal is always to provide excellent dental care in the most enthusiastic and gentle manner so that you child always has a positive experience. Our staff has special training in helping children feel secure during dental treatment. We use different techniques in the office such as “Tell-Show-Do”, “Modeling”, and “Praise” techniques. We present dental treatment in different ways based on the age of the patient. For dental treatment we provide topical and local anesthetics, nitrous oxide, in-office IV sedation with an anesthesiologist (deep conscious sedation), or general anesthesia (Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital or Florida Hospital). Our pediatric dentists will recommend the best way to attend to your child depending on their needs. (Orlando Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics)