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Q: Does my child need to go to a pediatric dentist?
A: All children should see a dentist by the age of one. However, most children do not need to see a pediatric dentist. A pediatric dentist is well trained to care for children with special needs or extreme dental issues; but most kids do not need that type of treatment. Our practice is able to offer a unique experience for children. Our team takes time to make your child feel comfortable and welcomed. We engage our children and have fun, while teaching them valuable lessons. What more can you ask for? The last question: How often should my child go to the dentist?

Q: How old should my child be before I make his/her first dental appointment?
A: Most parents who have children who have never visited the dentist before are under the impression that “the child is too young” or “doesn’t have enough teeth yet”. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that a child go to the dentist by age 1 or within six months after the first tooth erupts. Primary teeth typically begin growing in around 6 months of age.

Q: Why do my kids need their baby teeth?
A: Your child’s “baby” teeth are very important for many reasons including helping your child chew properly to maintain good nutrition, saving space for their “adult” teeth, and are involvement in speech development. More importantly, it helps children feel good about the way that they look and helps them in developing their self-esteem. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), it is very important to keep primary (or “baby”) teeth in place until they are lost naturally.

Q: How do I prepare my child for her/his first visit?
A: Preparation begins long before their first visit is scheduled. The child’s first visit should always be fun. Always be positive with your child and let them know they will have fun at their visit with us. It is important for kids to get into the habit of cleaning their teeth every day. Find children’s books geared toward their first visit so they have an idea of what to expect. Our first visit with your child is to meet with them and mainly to establish their trust. When your child is comfortable, we can then do our best to keep them happy and healthy.

Q: How do I prevent them from getting cavities?
A: The simple answer is to keep their teeth clean. National studies have shown that preschool aged children are getting more cavities. More than 1 in 4 children in the U.S. has had at least one cavity by the age of 4. Many kids get cavities as early as age 2. In the end, it’s basics. Cleaning twice a day (once especially before bed) to keep the teeth free of plaque and food. Less frequent snacking and more rinsing with plain water will do wonders to keep your kids cavity free.

Q: How often should my child go to the dentist?
A: Prophylaxis cleaning and examination twice a year will help maintain your child’s health. We can reinforce regular hygiene and good habits, and take care of dental issues while they are minor. Most children look forward to their visits with us, and we love seeing them and helping them remain healthy.

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© John C Graybeal Jr DDS, MPH | Treeline Dental Websites
John C. Graybeal, Jr. DDS, PA
Phone: (410) 910-0037
10778 Hickory Ridge Rd
Columbia, MD21044