Frequently Asked Questions
Have a question for one of our doctors? If so, then you’ve come to the right place! Below, you’ll find answers to many of the most common questions our patients and their parents ask us every day. If you have a question that we haven’t answered here, be sure to give us a call and ask! Our friendly team is always more than happy to make sure you completely understand your child’s dental options.
How often should my child visit the dentist?
Our doctors agree with the American Dental Association on this one: children should visit the dentist at least twice a year for a checkup and cleaning to make sure their smile is developing correctly as well as to help prevent avoidable dental problems including tooth decay, cavities, gum disease, and more.
When should my child have their first dental appointment?
We recommend bringing your child in as soon as their first teeth come in, no later than around the time of their first birthday. After this initial visit, your child should start attending regular appointments around the age of three.
When should my child see an orthodontist for the first time?
Dr. Reema recommends that a child should have a full orthodontic evaluation around the age of seven. This will allow her to see how their smile is developing and determine if any treatment is necessary to correct small issues and avoid/lessen larger ones.
Do you serve children with special needs?
We do! Each member of our team is experienced in serving children with all kinds of different needs, and should your child need special accommodation, please give us a call, and we’ll do everything we can to make their visit go seamlessly.
Should I worry about crooked baby teeth?
Many parents believe that a child will simply “grow out of” crooked baby teeth as they fall out, but unfortunately, this isn’t quite how it works. The alignment of the baby teeth has a direct influence on how the adult teeth come in, so it’s essential that these teeth are straightened if they are misaligned. Early-stage orthodontic treatment can prevent many small problems from becoming larger ones, and it may also help your child avoid needing more involved care in the future.
I can’t get my child to brush consistently! Can you help?
This is a common problem for many parents, so don’t worry, you’re not alone! At every appointment, we’ll educate your child about the basics of home dental care and reinforce everything you are telling them at home. Sometimes, simply hearing what you’re saying from a different adult is enough to make things click. Be sure to let us know if this is an issue for you, and we’ll be happy to offer you additional strategies as well.
Will you accept my dental insurance?
Our practice is proud to accept most major dental insurance plans from several prominent providers, including Medicaid. To learn how we can use your particular plan to help you save at your child’s next visit, please contact us today.