1. What is Pediatric Dentistry?

Pediatric dentists are the pediatricians of dentistry, having completed two additional years of specialty training following dental school. Pediatric dentists provide both preventive and therapeutic oral health care for infants and children – all the way through adolescence - including the medically and physically compromised.

2. My child has special needs, is on the autism spectrum or requires a sensory-friendly environment. Is this a problem?

At Derby City Pediatric Dentistry, we are trained and equipped to treat all children – including those with special healthcare needs as well as sensory needs. Our office strives to be a sensory-friendly environment.  Prior to your child’s visit, please take the time to watch our office tour so your child may familiarize themselves with our layout, team and what to expect on their first visit.   Please notify our office in advance of any special needs that we may have the pleasure of accommodating for you and your child.

3. When should my child visit the dentist?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that a child’s first visit to the dentist should occur by 12 months of age, or within six months of their first tooth appearing. Click HERE to learn more about what to expect on this first visit.

4. They are just baby teeth. Why should we fix them?

Baby teeth are very important. They encourage normal growth and development and maintain the space in your child’s mouth until their adult teeth come in. If a baby tooth has a large cavity and becomes infected, it may cause permanent damage to the growing adult tooth underneath, and more importantly, can cause serious health complications.

5. What are Sealants?

Sealants are a tooth-colored material that is placed in the pits and grooves of the back teeth where most cavities are found. Sealants are meant to be a protective measure to help prevent cavities from forming.

6. What should I do if my child has an accident and there is damage to the mouth area?

Please call the office as soon as possible. We will see your child immediately if it is indicated. When dealing with a dental accident, time is very important. Please note, we are available after hours for dental emergencies. Contact us HERE.  View our “Dental Trauma Guide” HERE.

7. My kids are teenagers now, do they need to switch dentists?

Just because your teenager isn’t a child anymore, doesn’t mean that he or she should stop seeing their pediatric dentist. Dentistry to meet the special needs of teens and adolescents is an important part of the specialized training for pediatric dentists. Growing doesn’t stop at childhood – teens experience important growth in their faces and jaws. Teens are also getting the last of their permanent teeth during this time period. At Derby City Pediatric Dentistry, we look forward to caring for your kids well into their teenage years! And when it’s time, we will help your teen graduate to a general dentist to care for their adult needs.