FAQs: What Is Pediatric Dentistry?

Pediatric dentistry refers to any preventive and restorative treatments for children. We offer pediatric dentistry to help children maintain healthy smiles, as well as to instill good dental habits. All kids, from those as young as a year old to teenagers, benefit from seeing the dentist.

Frequently Asked Questions About Pediatric Dentistry

Question: When should my child see the dentist?

Answer: The first visit should occur within six months after the arrival of the first baby tooth. After that, children should see the dentist every six months for routine checkups and if necessary, cleanings. If your child complains about aching teeth or discomfort in their teeth or gums, then schedule a visit so the dentist can look for signs of decay and treat the problem before it worsens.

Question: Do you offer preventive procedures?

Answer: We do! We can place fluoride varnish onto the teeth to strengthen them and protect the smile from cavities. In addition, we can also place dental sealants onto the teeth. A special plastic coating, the sealants are added to the rear teeth, which children often have difficulty reaching when brushing and flossing. The sealants prevent food from becoming stuck between teeth, reducing the risk of cavities.

Question: Will my child be comfortable?

Answer: We take steps to ensure every child feels relaxed. We walk them through the treatment process, calmly explaining the procedure and answering any questions or concerns. When children see the dentist regularly, they become accustomed to the sights and sounds of the office, which can prevent dental anxiety later in life. In addition, these visits provide a great opportunity to discuss proper ways of brushing and flossing.

Question: How do I care for my little one’s smile at home?

Answer: As apparent, you can help make sure your little one is taking good care of his/her teeth. Like you, your child needs to brush twice a day and floss ever night before bed.

Does Your Little One Need An Appointment?

We’re ready to help improve your child’s oral health with a calm and caring approach to pediatric dentistry. For more information about our treatments, from Invisalign braces to dental implants, contact our team today. Schedule a consultation by calling Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Rochester, MN, today at (507) 281-3659.