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Frequently Asked Questions

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How old should my child be to start visiting the dentist?

We recommend your child visit the dentist by their first birthday. 

How can I prepare my child for the dentist?

Above all, please refrain from using phrases such as “shots”, “needle”, or “drill”, as that can cause fear worry before their visit. At every appointment, we strive for comfort and an enjoyable environment, where we thoroughly explain each procedure to your child. Consider reading a friendly children’s book about the dentist so your child can feel better prepared. 

Can I join my child during the appointment? 

The parent is always welcome to be with your child during the duration of the appointment. If you have a small child, the parent often will sit with the child in the exam chair to encourage the child and make a comfortable environment. 

What are dental sealants, and how do they work?

Sealants are easy for your dentist to apply. The sealant is painted onto the tooth enamel, where it bonds directly to the tooth and hardens. This plastic resin bonds into the depressions and grooves (pits and fissures) of the chewing surfaces of back teeth. The sealant acts as a barrier, protecting enamel from plaque and acids.  As long as the sealant remains intact, the tooth surface will be protected from decay.

Do you assist patients with anxiety?

We are experienced in dealing with children with anxiety, and will ensure that your child is well informed of each dental procedure they experience. We will maintain a positive and pleasant atmosphere to ensure positive feelings towards future visits. Please know that parents are welcome to sit with your child during the visit. 

Can thumbsucking be harmful to my child’s teeth?

Thumb sucking and pacifiers that continue for a long period of time can create crowded, crooked teeth or alignment issues. When your child visits the dentist, we will discuss ways to change their habits; most children stop these habits on their own.

Is my child getting enough fluoride?

Fluoride dramatically decreases the chances of getting cavities by making teeth stronger. If your child is not getting enough fluoride through water, or if you live somewhere that does not have fluoride in its tap water, we will discuss ways to add fluoride into your diet.

Are dental X-rays safe?

With the use of safeguards, such as lead aprons, collars, and digital technology, the amount of radiation in an x-ray is very small. We are careful to minimize the exposure of your child to radiation. They also enable us to see dental problems to ensure proper treatment for your child. 

My child plays sports. How can I protect my child’s teeth?

A mouthguard is essential in sports. It is a plastic protector and fits comfortably over the upper teeth. A mouthguard protects a child’s teeth, lips, cheeks and gums from injury.

If my child gets a cavity in a baby tooth, should it be filled?

Primary or “baby” teeth are important in chewing, speech, and permanent teeth placement. Because tooth decay is an infection and can spread, and therefore should be filled. Dr. Jones will discuss the best options for your child.

How can I determine my insurance coverage at your office?

We are happy to submit claims to your insurance company. Visit our Financial Information page to learn more. We are happy to assist you. Feel free to call our office with questions.