Why should I take my 1-year-old child to the dentist if he only has a couple teeth?
Although at age one a baby may only have a few teeth, we want you to establish a dental home because this is the time when your child is starting to walk. Learning to walk comes with stumbles or falls that may lead to the most common cause of dental trauma. We don’t want your child’s first dental visit to be a consequence of trauma. Broken baby teeth and soft tissue injury to the lips and gums are very common occurrences during the crawling and walking stages. Establishing a dental home early on gives the patient and parent a safe place to go without panic. Furthermore, once teeth start to erupt they are already susceptible to dental decay. The carbohydrates in breast milk or formula can and will affect the baby’s teeth. Through education and guidance we can help prevent early childhood cavities.
Since baby teeth fall out and are not permanent teeth, why should my child see a pediatric dentist now?
Yes, baby teeth do fall out, but not all at the same time. Normally, the last baby molars don’t fall out until age 11 or 12. Since most children start to transition into permanent teeth around 6 years old, there is a six year period of “mixed dentition” (baby teeth + permanent teeth). Research studies confirm that the highest risk of future cavities is the presence of cavities. If a child has a cavity on a baby tooth, it could affect the permanent teeth, and we don’t want to create future problems.
Do you take my Insurance?
We do accept most dental insurances. Some of the contracted insurances are Delta Dental, Cigna PPO, Blue Cross SC, Blue Cross State Insurance, and Metlife. Please contact our office for insurance verification.
Are x-rays necessary?
Our office takes digital x-rays which are safe. We may recommend x-rays to help diagnose the areas that we cannot physically see, such as in between points of contact. Once a child starts transitioning into permanent teeth, we may recommend a growth and development x-ray to help identify the position of all incoming teeth. The recommended x-rays aid in diagnosing cavities and dental development.