faqQ. When should my child start seeing a pediatric dentist, and how often should he or she have regular check-ups?

A. Our office and the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommend children starting at 1 year of age see a pediatric dentist. Children should be seen every six months for regular examinations, teeth cleanings and X-rays if necessary.

Q. What should we expect during my child’s appointment?

A. One of our staff members will compile a medical and dental history during the first visit. We will then examine your child’s teeth and gums, screen for oral cancer and take X-rays of your child’s teeth as needed. After we review your child’s dental profile, we will discuss a diagnosis with you. We will discuss the options for treatment and fee payment and help you determine the best plan to fit your needs.

During regular follow-up visits, we will examine your child’s teeth and gums, screen for oral cancer, clean your child’s teeth and make plans for treatment, as needed. We will be certain to answer any questions you or your child may have.

Q. What does “painless dentistry” mean?

A. Painless dentistry is a means of ensuring your child’s total experience in our office is as stress-free and pain-free as possible. We will discuss treatment options that may require no local anesthetic and whenever possible, alleviate pain by the means most comfortable to your child.

Q. What if my child has an emergency?

A. Please call our office as soon as you determine that your child has a dental emergency. We will be glad to work your child into our schedule, for a dental emergency during regular business hours. After hours, over the weekend and during holidays, please call our office for the doctor’s emergency contact number.

Q. Are payment plans available for my child’s dental treatment?

A. Yes. We accept many types of dental insurance and will process your claim for you upon receipt of your co-payment. We also accept most major credit cards, including Visa and MasterCard.