Children’s Dentistry

Your child’s first visit

We recommend that parents bring their infants in for their first visit around the time they get their first tooth.  The first dental visit is usually short and involves very little treatment. This visit is primarily to answer any questions parents might have, to make sure the child’s mouth and teeth are developing properly, and to get the child accustomed to the dental office.  In the picture below, you see this little cutie getting to test out the “big kid chair” and try on a pair of gloves like Dr. E.  We love for curious hands to touch and feel their way around our office!

Infant in dental chair

Often an infant exam will be done with baby in the parent’s lap, knee-to-knee with the dentist, as you see in the picture here.  This way, the dentist can quickly and easily look in the child’s mouth.

Doctor examining infants teeth.

WELLNESS VISIT PRICING FOR CHILDREN:

If we will be filing dental insurance for you, then your financial responsibility will be dependent on your insurance policy.  For those without dental insurance, we’ve tried to make our pricing structure very easy.

  • Infant visits (Newborn through 2 years old): $75
  • Children’s visits (Ages 3-13): $150
  • Teen visits (Age 13-19): $165

Visits for those 3 and above include any necessary x-rays, cleaning, and learning lab experiences as described in the video at the top of the page.

CAVITY PREVENTION:

Tooth decay and children no longer have to go hand in hand! 

Most of the time cavities are due to the frequency of sugary foods. Limiting sugar intake and brushing regularly, of course, can help. The longer the residue stays on their teeth, the greater the chances of getting cavities.  Often, patients are surprised to learn that cavity-causing foods aren’t just candy and cookies, but include chips, crackers, pretzels, bread, and other foods made from flours (even gluten-free products).  These processed foods contain mostly simple carbohydrates, many of which are broken down into sugar before you even swallow them!  

Every time someone eats, an acid reaction occurs inside their mouth as the bacteria digests the sugars. This reaction lasts approximately 20 minutes. During this time the acid environment can destroy the tooth structure, eventually leading to cavities.

Consistency of a person’s saliva also makes a difference; thinner saliva breaks up and washes away food more quickly. When a person eats diets high in carbohydrates and sugars they tend to have thicker saliva, which in turn allows more of the acid-producing bacteria that can cause cavities.

Tips for cavity prevention

  • Limit frequency of snacks.
  • Encourage brushing, flossing and rinsing.
  • Watch what your child drinks.
  • Avoid giving your child sticky foods.
  • Make treats part of meals.
  • Choose nutritious, balanced snacks.

The first baby teeth that come into the mouth are usually the two bottom front teeth. You will notice this when your baby is about 6-8 months old. Next to follow will be the 4 upper front teeth and the remainder of your baby’s teeth will appear periodically. They will usually appear in pairs along the sides of the jaw until the child is about 2 1/2 years old.

At around 2 1/2 years old your child will usually have all 20 teeth. Between the ages of 5 and 6 the first permanent teeth will begin to erupt. Some of the permanent teeth replace baby teeth and some don’t. Don’t worry if some teeth are a few months early or late as all children are different.

Baby teeth are important as they not only hold space for permanent teeth but they are important to chewing, biting, speech and appearance. For this reason it is important to maintain a healthy diet and daily hygiene.