Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is a Pediatric Dentist?

A pediatric dentist is a dentist that specializes in providing oral health care to children who range in age from birth to teenager.

What is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist?

Not all pediatric dentists are board certified. A pediatric dentist that is board certified has voluntarily gone through a rigorous examination process with the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (ABPD). A pediatric dentist certified by the ABPD is also known as a Diplomate. Both Dr. T Jay and Dr. Dylan are Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

When Should a Child See a Dentist for the First Time?

In order to prevent dental problems, your child should see a pediatric dentist when the first tooth appears, or no later than his or her first birthday.

How Often Should My Child Visit a Dentist?

A preventative dental check-up and cleaning is recommended every six months. If your child requires additional dental work, it’s important to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

When Will My Child Get His or Her First Tooth?

Every child is different, but most will get their first baby tooth before the age of one.

When Will My Child’s Baby Teeth Fall Out?

Typically, a child will start losing his or her baby teeth around the age of 6 or 7. Usually, baby teeth fall out in the order they originally erupted.

Are Dental X-Rays Safe for Children?

Dental x-rays are beneficial for many reasons. The radiation exposure with dental x-rays is very low, and safety precautions are always taken prior to every x-ray.

When Should My Child Start Brushing His or Her Teeth?

As soon as your child has one tooth, you may begin helping your child brush. It’s important to use the correct type of brush and toothpaste – please ask us for a recommendation!

What Kind of Toothpaste Should My Child Use?

Depending on your child’s age and needs, it may be time to start using a fluoride children’s toothpaste. Please ask us for more information on the most beneficial type of toothpaste for your child.

What is a Dental Sealant?

A dental sealant is a barrier that can be placed on your child’s teeth which can help prevent the development of decay. Sealants are highly recommended and an excellent defense against cavities.

Does My Child’s Diet Affect His or Her Teeth?

An excellent diet can have a positive impact on your child’s teeth. An unhealthy diet can make your child’s teeth more susceptible to decay.