Frequently Asked Dental Questions – Bastrop, TX

Staying Informed on Your Child’s Oral Health

When should my child see the dentist for the first time?

The recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) is to bring your child in when the first tooth appears or by their first birthday.

Is there a difference between a pediatric dentist and a family or general dentist?

Yes. Pediatric dentists are referred to as the "pediatricians" of the dental field. Two years of additional specialized training are required after dental school to become a pediatric dentist. Our dental office is limited to infants, children, and young adults (ages 0-18). Our staff is specifically trained in working with younger patients.Dr. Adam, Dr. Danna and Dr. Jim have also been awarded the prestigious honor of Board Certification by The American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

Are baby teeth really that important?

Absolutely - baby teeth are very important! If your child's teeth are not kept healthy they can actually cause damage to the permanent teeth that are developing underneath. They provide the "tracks" that permanent teeth follow so the adult teeth come in properly. Baby teeth allow your child to chew naturally which is essential for overall health and nutrition. They help your child speak and by keeping those baby teeth around your child will be more confident in how they look and sound.

Are parents allowed in the treatment room?

Of course. Families are invited to be part of every aspect of the visit at Smiles University Pediatric Dentistry.

What should I talk to my child about before visiting the dentist?

Fear, or more often, parental fear is a major contributor to why children can behave poorly or not want to go to the dentist. It is critical that you reassure your child and let them know they are about to put a new shine on their smile. Just keep it positive and avoid negative words.

Don't use words like "shots" or "drills". Avoid phrases such as "it won't hurt" or "they are not going to pull your teeth". Remember, the dental world has changed dramatically in recent years, and as a kids-only dental office, we will do our very best to make your child comfortable.

What you should discuss is how FUN the dental office is going to be for your child! We will be counting and sparkling their teeth with yummy toothpaste and teaching them how to keep their teeth super healthy.

What should I do if my child has a dental emergency?

For dental emergencies, please contact our dental office at (512) 321-KIDS (5437) for instructions. Our phone system will handle the call no matter what time of day.