BORIS MALESPIN, DDS
Below are common questions and our answers about the best way to care for children’s teeth.
WHEN SHOULD I SCHEDULE MY CHILD’S FIRST VISIT TO THE DENTIST?
We recommend that you make an appointment to see the dentist as soon as your child gets his first tooth. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that a child is seen by six months after his/her first tooth erupts or by one-year-old, whichever is first.
HOW IS A PEDIATRRIC DENTIST DIFFERENT FROM OTHER DENTISTS?
All dental specialists (pediatric dentists, orthodontists, oral surgeons, and others) begin by completing dental school, then continue their education with several years of additional specialized training. During training in the field of pediatric dentistry, your doctor gained extensive knowledge and experience in treating infants, children, and adolescents. Pediatric dentists enjoy working with children, and bring to each patient our expertise in childhood development and behavior. Because our office is geared toward young visitors, you’ll find that our staff, as well as our office design, decorations and activities, all work together to provide an especially friendly and comfortable environment for children.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING MY CHILD’S FIRST VISIT TO THE DENTIST?
The first visit is usually short and simple. In most cases, we focus on getting to know your child and giving you some basic information about dental care. The doctor will check your child’s teeth for placement and health, and will look for any potential problems with the gums and jaw. If necessary, we may do a bit of cleaning. We will also answer any questions you have about how to care for your child’s teeth as they develop, and provide you with materials containing helpful tips that you can refer to at home.
HOW CAN I PREPARE MY CHILD FOR HIS/HER FIRST DENTAL APPOINTMENT?
The best preparation for your child’s first visit to our office is maintaining a positive attitude. Children pick up on adults’ apprehensions, and if you make negative comments about trips to the dentist you can be sure that your child will fear an unpleasant experience and act accordingly. Show your child the pictures of the office and staff on the website. Let your child know that it’s important to keep his teeth and gums healthy, and that the doctor will help him do that. Remember that your dentist is specially trained to handle fears and anxiety, and our staff excels at putting children at ease during treatment.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD MY CHILD VISITT THE DENTIST?
We generally recommend scheduling checkups every six months. Depending on the circumstances of your child’s oral health, we may recommend more frequent visits.
BABY TEETH AREN’T PERMANENT. WHY DO THEY NEED SPECIAL CARE?
WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO CLEAN MY BABY’S TEETH?
AT WHAT AGE IS IT APPROPRIATE TO USE TOOTHPASTE TO CLEAN MY CHILD’S TEETH?
WHAT CAUSES CAVITIES?
HOW CAN I HELP MY CHILD AVOID CAVITIES?
DOES MY CHILD NEED
MY CHILD PLAYS SPORTS. HOW CAN I PROTECT HIS TEETH?
WHEN SHOULD MY CHILD HAVE DENTAL X-RAYS TAKEN?