What is the difference between a pediatric dentist and a family dentist?

Pediatric dentists are the pediatricians of dentistry. A pediatric dentist goes through two to three years of specialty training after dental school, so they have very specific knowledge and training for working with younger teeth. And they have way cooler offices!

When should my child have their first dental visit?

In order to prevent dental problems, your child should see a pediatric dentist as soon as the first tooth appears, or no later than their first birthday.

How often does my child need to see Dr. Ashley?

A check-up every six months is recommended in order prevent cavities and other dental problems. However, Dr. Ashley will tell you when and how often your child should visit based on their personal oral health.

How often should my child brush and floss?

Everyone, adults and children both, should brush their teeth at least twice a day, and floss at least once each day. And it doesn't hurt to brush after a sugary drink or snack!

What should I use to clean my baby’s teeth?

A toothbrush will remove plaque bacteria that can lead to decay. Any soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head, preferably one designed specifically for infants, should be used at least once a day at bedtime.

Are baby teeth really that important to my child?

Primary, or “baby,” teeth are important for many reasons. Not only do they help children speak clearly and chew naturally, they also aid in forming a path that permanent teeth can follow when they are ready to emerge.

When should my child start using toothpaste?

The sooner the better! Starting at birth, clean your child’s gums with a soft infant toothbrush or cloth and water. As soon as the teeth begin to appear, start brushing twice daily using fluoridated toothpaste and a soft, appropriately sized toothbrush. Use just a small amount of toothpaste to brush the teeth of a child less than two years of age. For the two to five year old, dispense a "pea-size" amount of toothpaste. Remember that young children do not have the ability to brush their teeth effectively, so you'll need to help them with it. Children should spit out and not swallow excess toothpaste after brushing.

When will my child have teeth come in and fall out?

The average age for the first tooth to erupt in infants is six months. This tooth is the bottom central incisor. Your child should have 20 primary (baby) teeth by 2 ½ to 3 years of age. The first permanent molars, or 6-year molars, come in around the age of six and they emerge behind all of the primary teeth. Your child should lose their first tooth (lower central incisor) around the age of six to seven years. The average age for a child to lose their last baby tooth is 12 years of age.

What should I do if my child has a toothache?

First, rinse the irritated area with warm salt water and place a cold compress on the face if it is swollen. Give your child the recommended child dose of Tylenol for any pain, and schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible.