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Frequently Asked Pediatric Dentistry Questions

Parents typically have a lot of questions for us, and we’re always happy to answer them! Below, you’ll find answers to some of the most common questions we receive every day. If you have a question that we haven’t covered here, no problem, just give us a call! We’re always willing to take the time to make sure you completely understand your child’s dental care.

What is a pediatric dentist?

A pediatric dentist is a specialist who pursued post-graduate education after completing dental school, focusing on the care and oral development of children. Why choose a pediatric dentist over a family dentist? They care exclusively for kids and have education on specialized treatments that kids need – and they also know how to put children at ease about dental care. Pediatric dentists closely monitor the growth and development of your child’s adult teeth and are specially trained on helping develop your child’s smile.

Can thumb sucking or pacifier sucking hurt my child’s teeth?

Many children spend some time sucking their thumbs or pacifiers. However, if this goes on for an excessive period of time, it can negatively affect oral development. We will discuss habit cessation methods that can help cure your child's pesky habit.

How often does my child need to visit the dental office for checkups?

The general recommendation is that you bring your child to Casper Children’s Dental Clinic every six months for checkups and cleanings. However, if your child is suffering from certain kinds of problems, we may recommend more frequent visits.

At what age should I schedule my child’s first dental visit?

Barring any noticeable problems, you should bring your child in for his or her first visit before the age of two. This will give us a chance to start keeping an eye on their health and provide you with information on how to keep your child’s smile healthy at every stage of development.

Should I clean my baby’s teeth? How?

Yes! Baby teeth can become decayed, and this can lead to problems similar to those experienced by adults. You can gently clean a baby’s teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush designed for babies. Do this at least once a day, usually right before bed.

My child is really nervous about the dentist. Can you help?

Yes! Every day, our team treats nervous children, and we’re able to do so successfully thanks to our team’s warm and friendly approach to pediatric dental care. If your child needs a little more help to feel comfortable, we can also provide them with safe and effective sedation dentistry that will calm their mind and keep them safe from discomfort at the same time.

Do you accept dental insurance?

Yes, we accept all insurances, including Medicaid. We’ll even file the claim on your behalf to make saving on your child’s care nice and simple! Contact us today to learn how we can use your particular plan.