Frequently Asked Questions
When should a child start visiting the dentist?
These visits are largely for preventive reasons but also allow dentists to begin an early relationship with them in the hope that by the time they start school, they will be expert patients!
We often hear, “I’m waiting to bring my child to the dentist because I know they won’t sit for an exam”. We say this is all the more reason to bring them to the dentist. Our staff is great at winning kids over and even if we don’t achieve a full exam on their first visit, it’s a start, which means that the following visit will be easier.
How often should a child see the dentist?
After your first dental visit, your pediatric dentist will recommend an appropriate frequency for your child’s appointment.
Why are x-rays recommended?
How should I care for my child’s teeth at home?
Until a child has acquired proper manual dexterity (can tie shoelaces and cut food with a fork and knife), we recommend that children have parental assistance for brushing
It is normal for young children to not always want to cooperate for brushing teeth. If this is a common occurrence, please speak with our dental professionals for suggestions on how to help.
Why use fluoride toothpaste?
When used appropriately, fluoride helps to strengthen enamel, making it more resistant to the softening effects of a cavity
When should I start using fluoride toothpaste?
Most children will learn to spit out reliably between ages 3 and 4. At this time, you can use up to a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste.
How to prepare your child for a dental visit?
Play dentist-patient at home with your child, practice opening wide and counting teeth
Stay positive about the experience
Read an age-appropriate book about going to the dentist
When do baby teeth fall out?
Baby teeth usually start to fall out around age 6 (range is 4yrs to 8 yrs) and finish around age 12.
Why are baby teeth important?
When baby teeth are lost prematurely, their permanent successors often come in (erupt) either in a wrong direction or lack the space to come in (erupt) altogether.
Are dental visits pain free?
My child has been referred to your office. Will their teeth be fixed on their first visit at your office?
If a child is in pain then we will do our best to treat their pain as soon as possible, and sometimes on their first visit.
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All four of my children see Dr. Karen. Her excellent engagement with my kids & I makes our visits very stress-free and helpful. She always takes the extra time to answer all of our questions and explains how we can help ensure our kids' teeth stay as healthy as possible. A great pediatric dentist!
My children have been patients of Dr. Karen since they were toddlers. She has always made us feel very comfortable and relaxed. We love her brand new office and highly recommend Superkids to anyone looking for a great, kid-friendly dentist with a comfortable atmosphere.