Wonderland Pediatric Dentistry

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Choosing a dentist for your child is important! We know you probably have a number of questions about the services we provide and what to expect when you come to Wonderland Pediatric Dentistry.

Here are some of the most common questions we receive. If yours is not listed here, give us a call. We are always happy to help!

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The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that your child have their first dental visit by their first birthday. By the time they turn one, they will have some of their baby teeth, and this is an important time to take the opportunity to discuss effective home care with parents. We also use this essential appointment to help your child grow accustomed to dental visits. We want them to have a positive experience while they are with us, and by starting early, we can make their dental care a fun part of their health routine.

Dr. Karina will also perform a dental exam to check your child’s oral health. Your child may sit on your lap for this exam so that you can provide them comfort and familiarity. Everything in the dental office will be new to your little one!

We will save time to answer all your questions so that you can feel confident in your role in your child’s oral health. We understand that you may have some questions, and we look forward to answering them for you.

Finally, we will discuss what to expect as your child grows and develops so that you know what to expect and how to care to provide the best care for them at home.

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The American Dental Association states that fluoride is safe when properly used and administered. We recommend fluoride treatments based on your child’s needs. If they are particularly susceptible to decay, fluoride may provide a huge benefit to their oral health. We recommend it when necessary.

Many municipalities have fluoridated tap water. Not all communities have sufficient levels to prevent decay, as it varies from city to city and region to region. That is why using fluoride toothpaste every day is beneficial. Use only a small pea-sized amount for very small children until they learn how to properly spit it out of their mouths after brushing. Swallowing toothpaste may cause an upset stomach.

We completely understand that you want the best for your child and to protect them in any way you can. Fluoride has worked as a preventive measure for many decades, allowing people to keep their natural teeth for much longer than ever. Most people, with proper dental care, can enjoy their natural smiles for a lifetime.

If you have additional questions about fluoride, its benefits, or risks, we encourage you to discuss it with us. We value your concern for your child and are happy to work with you on developing a dental health care plan that you are comfortable with.

If you bring your child to Wonderland Pediatric Dentistry regularly and brush and floss their teeth diligently at home, you may wonder why they keep having a problem with cavities when it comes to their visits. Dental decay happens for a wide variety of reasons. Here are some of the ways that you can reduce the amount of decay your child experiences:

Provide a healthy diet. Having a healthy, well-balanced diet that limits sugary and sticky foods will help protect the enamel covering your child’s teeth. Bacteria cause decay and they use sugary and starchy foods as fuel to reproduce and cause more damage.

Avoid bottle use at bedtime. After you brush your child’s teeth before bed, they should only have water in their bottle or sippy cup. Not allowing milk or sugary drinks after bedtime (and during naps) will help protect your child’s teeth at any age. Some of the most damaging drinks are fruit juices and soda. For older kids, energy drinks may be the culprit.

Be sure to use fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride strengthens protective enamel and protects teeth from the softening effects of bacteria. While many toothpastes on the market claim to fight cavities, check out the label and make sure it contains fluoride.

Dental Sealants

Cavities form due to bacteria in your child’s mouth. Bacteria collect in the grooves of teeth, behind teeth, or between teeth. The best way to prevent cavities is by removing the food source bacteria need to reproduce and cause damage to the protective enamel outer layer of the tooth.

The bacteria's food source is sugary food or starchy foods. They feast on food particles left behind after your child eats. By brushing and flossing thoroughly, you can remove their food source.

Brushing and flossing properly is essential. Using a fluoride toothpaste and proper brushing techniques will increase your success. Angle the brush at 45 degrees to clean the area near the gums using a constant motion. Be sure to brush the chewing surfaces of your child’s teeth as well. Food particles easily collect there.

Floss each side of your child’s tooth using dental floss. They will need your help with both brushing and flossing until their dexterity allows them to do a thorough job on their own.

Regular dental cleanings are an essential part of good oral health. We also offer preventive fluoride treatments and dental sealants to add extra protection against decay.

Sedation Dentistry for Kids

Some children look forward to their dental visits because they find them to be fun and educational. It also helps that they receive a prize at the end of their appointment! Other children however, have a hard time at the dentist. They may worry that it is going to hurt. They may feel like it is difficult to sit still.

At Wonderland Pediatric Dentistry, we know that each child is different. We treat your child the way that works best for them. That may mean that they need additional help relaxing for their dental appointments. By using sedation dentistry, we can make a stressful dental appointment a relaxing one.

Nitrous oxide sedation is a mild sedative that is safe for most kids. We administer this sedative through a nose mask and blend it with oxygen. We will monitor your child’s level of sedation throughout their appointment and can adjust it as needed. When their appointment is near the end, we will discontinue the sedation so they feel normal again in a few minutes.

In-office sedation requires us to administer a prescription sedative that lasts longer and wears off more slowly. It provides a higher level of sedation for your child. We will schedule these appointments first thing in the morning because your child will not be able to eat prior.

General anesthetic in the hospital gives us an alternative for kids who have extensive dentistry or who cannot sit still for their dental appointment due to a medical or physical condition. General anesthetic will be administered under the supervision of an anesthesiologist.

Space Maintainers

It may seem easier just to extract a baby tooth that suffers from decay or an infection.

Baby teeth are essential to your child’s oral health development, however.

Not only do they provide a full chewing surface for your child to eat a healthy diet, but they also guide their permanent teeth into place as they erupt through the gums. You may have noticed that when baby teeth fall out, permanent teeth erupt quickly before the remaining teeth shift to fill in the gap in their smile. Not having enough space for permanent teeth to erupt can result in a misaligned bite and painful or problematic tooth eruptions.

While it may seem easier or cheaper to extract baby teeth instead of treating them, this can cause more painful and costly procedures down the road. Sometimes orthodontic intervention, or even extractions, may be the only way to repair the damage.

We do everything we can to save your child’s baby teeth because it is the best thing to protect their current smile and their future smile! If you ever have questions about the treatment we perform on baby teeth, we will be happy to answer them for you! We always want you to be completely informed about your child’s oral health.

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