Frequently Asked Questions

Have a general question about providing proper dental care for your child? Browse the frequently asked questions below, and feel free to call us at 810-227-9015 to receive information on any questions not addressed here.

Q: When should I bring my child in for his or her first visit to the dentist’s office?

A: Children should visit a dentist for the first time between 6 and 12 months of age, or as soon as they receive their first tooth. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends children see a dentist before they reach one year of age in order to minimize risk of childhood gum disease and cavities.

Q: How often should my child visit the dentist?

A: Children should visit the dentist every six months, or as often as recommended by a pediatric dentist. Some children who are at high risk for cavities or abnormal dental growth may need to see a dentist more often.

Q: My child never has cavities. Why do I still need to bring him/her in twice each year?

A: If your child has routine dental exams and never has any cavities, there’s a good chance the absence of cavities is due in large part to those routine check-ups. Regular visits to the dentist’s office do more for your child than simply check for cavities; we perform a thorough cleaning of your child’s teeth at each visit, and we review any dietary changes that are necessary for cavity prevention with parents. More importantly, we review proper techniques for practicing excellent oral hygiene at home during each visit. These visits not only provide your child with a thorough cleaning and exam, but they also act as a “refresher course” for excellent oral hygiene.

Q: Is dental care for infants really necessary?

A: Yes! Beginning dental care for children before they are 12 months old benefits children in two main ways: 1) Early preventive dental care reduces a child’s risk of developing gum disease and cavities, increasing the child’s likelihood of having a healthy mouth throughout childhood. 2) Establishing a relationship with a trusted dentist early, while children are still infants, helps make visits to the dentist’s office a comfortable, routine activity as children get older.

Q: How can I help my child prevent cavities at home?

A: Our doctors provide each patient with a “Prevention Program”, detailing the best oral hygiene habits to practice at home, along with dietary recommendations for cavity prevention. These recommendations always include basic oral hygiene, including thorough morning and nighttime brushing, flossing and following a low-sugar diet. Parents can help their kids practice good oral hygiene by practicing these habits alongside their children daily.

Q: What kind of orthodontic appliances do you offer?

A: We offer orthopedic treatment for several types of growth abnormality or habit-based deformation. This includes kids' spacers, appliances and habit-preventing appliances. For more information about the appliances we offer, visit our page on “Pediatric Interceptive Orthodontics” .

Q: My child has a thumb or finger sucking habit. Could this damage his or her dental development?

A: Finger sucking habits aren’t usually damaging, unless they last beyond the age of 2 or 3. If your child is approaching this age and shows no signs of stopping this habit, it’s best to consult with one of our pediatric dentists. We’ll be able to tell you whether or not a habit prevention appliance would help your child.

Q: What kind of accommodations do you offer to patients with special needs?

A: We offer every accommodation within our range of capabilities, which is extensive. Our staff are trained in behavior management to help meet the needs of our most unique patients. Depending on the medical and mental condition of the patient, providing care under general anesthesia is sometimes safest. Our pediatric specialists will be able to determine the best course of care for patients on an individual basis. For more immediate information about the services we offer to special needs patients, please visit our “Special Needs Dentistry” page.

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