Frequently Asked Dental Questions – Northampton, MA | Amherst, MA | Greenfield, MA

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At Treehouse Pediatric Dentistry, we’re always happy to answer our patients’ questions so they have all the information they need to feel comfortable about their care. Below, we’ve compiled answers to some of the most common questions we receive every day. If you have a question that hasn’t been touched on here, be sure to give us a call—feel free to ask us anything!

Pediatric Dentistry FAQs

When should my child first see the dentist?

The American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend children see the dentist after their first tooth erupts, or before their first birthday. This early appointment is short and sweet. Parents hold their little ones as Dr. Tremblay, Dr. Biernacki, or Dr. Sheraz examine new teeth and gums for indications of developmental concerns. The entire appointment is painless, and gives us the opportunity to help parents take great care of their child’s teeth.

Why should I choose a pediatric dentist instead of a general dentist?

A general dentist, like a general health care provider, is definitely qualified to understand your child’s health. Most parents prefer to take their child to a pediatrician because these doctors are not only specially trained in unique childhood illnesses and care, but in working with kids to make them feel comfortable and safe. Pediatric dentists offer the same specialized knowledge and care for your child’s oral health. Our pediatric dentists have two or more years of post-doctoral training in diagnosing and treating oral health concerns specific to kids and working with unique behavioral challenges children present.

How can I prepare my children for their first visit?

We encourage patients to make a trip to the dentist sound like fun. Once kids reach an age where they understand more, parents can make countdowns to the dental office, have kids create brushing and flossing charts they can be excited to show our team, and bring kids in a little earlier for office tours. For parents who experience anxiety or fear associated with the dentist, we encourage you to answer questions, but try not to let your own anxiety color the child’s experience.

What are the most common oral health concerns for kids?

Tooth decay is extremely prevalent among children especially if they consume a lot of sugar, but there are other conditions unique to developing dentition. For instance, babies need help breaking habits like thumb sucking and falling asleep with bottles, more and more toddlers are showing signs of gum inflammation that may be an early form of gingivitis, and kids may display concerns in dental development like crooked, gapped, or crowded teeth that we can begin treating as soon as permanent teeth emerge.

Can you teach my child to brush and floss?

One of the best things about working with young patients is getting to help them develop great oral health habits, and we love to explain and demonstrate proper brushing and flossing for you and your children. If you’re struggling with teaching kids to care for teeth at home, we’ll be happy to help you develop a fun hygiene routine that makes kids want to brush and floss.

Should my child get dental sealants or fluoride treatments?

We often recommend dental sealants and fluoride treatments for kids. Their teeth are just developing and so is the ability to care for them. Sealants help keep out decay-causing bacteria, and fluoride treatments strengthen tooth enamel fortifying teeth. These treatments are a great way to protect your child’s oral health.