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. This is very different from years ago when age 3 was the standard.
What do we do on the first visit?
The first visit is all about getting to know each other and providing the initial foundation of education that your child can build on for a lifetime of oral health. We will spend quite a bit of time collecting information and perform a comprehensive exam. At this visit we may also recommend a dental cleaning and x-rays. From this information we will create a custom plan for your child or young adult. We take this visit very seriously to make sure you understand the value of a "KIDS" Dentist and why Smiles University is different.
Is there difference between a pediatric dentist and a family dentist?
Yes. Pediatric "KIDS" dentists are referred to as the "pediatricians" of the dental field. Two or three years of additional specialized training is required after dental school to become a pediatric dentist. Our practice is limited to infants, children, and young adults (ages 0-18). Our staff is specifically trained on working with younger patients. Dr. Danna and Dr. Abby have also been awarded the prestigious honor of Board Certification by The American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Adam is in the process of working towards his board certification.
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.
Do we bring parents into the treatment room?
Yes. At Smiles U it is very important for you as a parent to understand the care we are giving your child. We need you to be part of the preventative plan we provide.
What should I talk to my child about before going to 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 go put a new shine on their smile. Just keep it positive and avoid negative words that may be threatening.
You should avoid words like "shots" or "drills". Don't use 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 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 types of insurance do you accept?
We accept most insurance plans and are very happy to file your insurance for you. A clear treatment plan with all cost will be discussed before any treatment. Please contact us for specific questions relating to your insurance.
Do you treat patients with special needs?
Yes. As a pediatric dentist we are trained to treat many types of special needs patients.
What should I do if my child has a dental emergency?
For dental emergencies, please contact our office at (512) 321-KIDS (5437) for instructions. Our phone system will handle the call no matter what time of day.