This week we are back to answer the top 10 questions we have been asked over the last year and a half.
What age should I bring my child to the dentist?
We recommend that you bring your child in for their first dentist visit anytime before their first birthday. This might seem soon, but it is crucial to get them acclimated to the dentist's office. It will not be an intense visit. Instead, it is an excellent time to ask questions and show your child that the dentist office is not something to be scared of. If your child is more than a year old but is yet to visit the dentist, that is alright! It is never too late to start, and we would rather begin to see them now than continuing to delay their first appointment.
How often should I replace our family's toothbrushes?
Toothbrushes should be replaced every three months. Also, if a family member is sick with something contagious like a cold, the flu, or COVID-19, all toothbrushes should be replaced. This includes electric toothbrush heads as well.
Why should I fix their teeth at this age? They are only baby teeth.
Baby teeth and primary teeth are crucial to adult teeth' health, as cavities in primary teeth can cause pain and infection. The health of your child's baby teeth will also affect the health of their future permanent teeth.
When should I bring my child in for an orthodontic consultation?
The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that your child sees an orthodontist by age 7. This allows the orthodontist to address things like overbites, crossbites, crowded teeth, missing teeth, etc. It is advantageous to address these things while their jaw is still forming.
How can I prepare my anxious child for dental visits?
Every child is different, and we know that you will know what is best for them as their parent. It is helpful for some children if they do not know they are going to the dentist until they arrive. For others, it is helpful if they know weeks in advance. Most importantly, if you had a negative experience with the dentist, do not share this with your child. It is important to talk positively about the dentist to help them avoid anxiety regarding the subject.
Do you take my insurance?
Yes! We will always take insurance and process it, but it is possible that your insurance will not cover the procedure that is being done. This can depend on the insurance provider and the plan that your employer chooses from the provider. That said, we accept all insurance and will process it to save you as much money as we can.
Are you accepting new patients, and what ages do you accept?
Yes, we are always accepting new patients. We typically take patients between the ages of 0 and 15 years old. Occasionally we will refer our patients out to other practices, but this is not because of age. If your child would be better served by general practice, we will refer them in that direction.
What can I do if my child has an emergency after hours?
We have an after-hours line that is always open. Call the main office number, and you will be put through a series of prompts before you can leave a message. That message is sent to our on-call assistant, who will contact you. They will ask you some follow-up questions to determine the best course of action for your child.
Why do my child's permanent teeth appear to be darker than their baby teeth? Is this normal?
Yes, it is normal. The reason for this is the enamel on permanent teeth forms differently, so it can contrast with the baby teeth that your child has. You will notice that the adult teeth are the same shade when they have all grown in.
How do I make an appointment?
We have several ways you can make an appointment. One option is calling us at (479) 582-0600. You can also request an appointment through our website or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.