Pediatric Dental FAQs

The following are some common questions that many people have about their children’s teeth. We have included answers to these questions. For further information, please do not hesitate to contact our team at Paul R. Stanovick, DDS.

When should my child come to the dentist for their first visit?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry advises that your child visit the dentist as soon as they get their first tooth or by their first birthday, whichever comes first.

How is pediatric dentistry different from standard dental care?

Pediatric dentistry involves caring for the smiles of our youngest patients. Dental care is important during all stages of life, but it is especially critical during the early years as our smiles develop. Our training helps us identify and care for problems that may affect your child’s smile. Our years of experience help your child feel safe, comfortable, and relaxed in our office as we provide the care they need.

What is involved in my child’s first visit to the dentist?

Your child’s first appointment with our dentist will likely be a short and straightforward. We will check your child’s smile for potential problems and be sure that it is developing normally. If needed, we will also provide a gentle teeth cleaning. Do not hesitate to visit with us about your concerns and ask any questions you may have at that time. Schedule an appointment by calling our team at Dr. Paul and Dr. Brant Stanovick’s office.

Do baby teeth need care? They are not permanent, after all.

Even though baby teeth are not permanent, it is essential that they be cared for. Proper dental hygiene not only promotes healthy teeth, but also prevents gum disease, bad breath, and keeps your tongue healthy. In addition, healthy dental habits established as a child will help down the road when permanent teeth needed careful attention; establish healthy habits early!

Should my child use toothpaste?

After your child has a few teeth, they should start using a small, pea-sized amount of toothpaste when they brush their teeth. Be sure that the toothpaste contains dental fluoride!

How can I help my child prevent cavities?

Cavities develop when food and bacteria accumulate on the surface of the tooth. The best way to prevent cavities is to brush your teeth thoroughly at least twice each day, and floss each day as well. An antiseptic mouthwash can help, too. Avoid excess sugary and sticky foods, and limit snacking.

What are dental sealants? Does my child need them?

Dental sealants form a protective barrier over the pits and crevices in molars. Dr. Paul and Dr. Brant Stanovick recommend dental sealants to help your child avoid cavities and other dental problems.