Can I be with my child for their appointment?
ABSOLUTLEY. We will never make you be present for care if you choose not to, but we have an open door policy at Parkview Pediatric Dentistry.
However, there are guidelines that Dr Janssen has found to help children master their dental appointments.
- We believe that a parent is an integral part of the care that we are able to provide and we welcome you to accompany your child back for all treatments except sedations and general anesthesia. This is because during these appointments extra members of staff are present to assist in the safe management of care for your child and there simply isn’t room for others to be present.
- The relationship between parent and child is so strong that for the staff to have the opportunity to build trust and create a positive experience it is imperative that you as the parents are to accompany your child as a SILENT OBSERVER.
- Please respect the limited size of the treatment and waiting areas and attempt to present to appointments with as few extra individuals as possible.
- Some children do perform better when a parent isn’t present. If this is found to be the case Dr Janssen will discuss different methods to help your child master the dental appointment.
It is our primary focus to help your child master the dental appointment. If there are any special requests for care or you have questions regarding guidelines for parents please discuss those with us prior to the appointment.
When should my child see the dentist?
When the first tooth appears, or no later than their first birthday. Pediatric dentists focus on prevention and research shows that children who visit the dentist earlier are less likely to have tooth decay.
What should I use to clean my baby’s teeth?
Before children have teeth a wet washcloth is helpful to rub on the gums and remove food and bacteria
When teeth come in any small soft bristled toothbrush is will help remove bacteria that can lead to decay. Any soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head, preferably one designed specifically for infants, should be used at least once a day at bedtime.
When should you use toothpaste, and how much?
As soon as the teeth begin to appear, start brushing twice daily using fluoridated toothpaste and a soft, age-appropriate sized toothbrush. For children under 2 you should only use a “smear” or toothpaste. For children over 2 you can use a “pea” sized amount of toothpaste.
How old should my child be before they can brush alone?
This is an interesting question and varies from child to child. However, what research continues to show is that children do not do an adequate job brushing their teeth alone until they reach the age of 6-7. Even at this point they still require supervision when brushing to prevent the “10 second brushing”.
Are primary “Baby Teeth” important?
YES. They are not just for chewing, they are important for speech development, development of the jaws, keeping space for permanent teeth. Decay in baby teeth can be easily prevented or treated, but failing to take care of baby teeth can cause life threatening infections.
Are thumbsucking and pacifier habits harmful?
Not necessarily. They only become a problem if they last for long periods of time. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends beginning to remove pacifiers at age 2 with complete removal by the 3rd birthday. We can evaluate if any growth changes have occurred because of this habit. If an intervention is needed there are many different ways to correct this habit.
How often does my child need to see the pediatric dentist?
A check-up every six months is recommended in order prevent cavities and other dental problems. However, your pediatric dentist can tell you when and how often your child should visit based on their personal oral health.
What are Sealants?
Sealants are thin “plastic like” coverings that go down in the deep grooves of teeth to keep bacteria from living in them. Studies show that 90% of decay on teeth occur in the grooves that could be protected by sealants.
What is Fluoride? What does it do for teeth?
Fluoride is naturally found in the environment. In West Texas it is naturally found in the groundwater. Unfortunately, the groundwater can contain too much fluoride and cause staining on teeth. The city water however has the optimal amount of fluoride for drinking. Fluoride helps to strengthen teeth by remineralizing broken down tooth structure and decreasing sensitivity. If you have further questions about fluoride please feel free to talk with our staff.
Should my child have dental x-rays?
New advances in technology utilized by our office can dramatically reduce x-ray exposure. As a pediatric dentist we strive to reduce radiation exposure for your children. At Parkview Pediatric Dentistry we do not contract with insurance companies and don’t take x-rays just because they are a covered service. We closely follow the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry guidelines for radiation exposures to decrease x-ray exposure for all our patients. We also use all digital x-rays that allow us to decrease the radiation dose even further.