Visiting the dentist can be filled with apprehension and uncertainty. However, we here at Sunny Smiles Kids Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics know how much of a difference a little information can help. To make patients more comfortable in the dental chair and aware of dentistry, we’ve answered some frequently asked questions below.

Can I stay with my child during their visits?

Yes. We invite you to stay with your child during their appointments.

What is getting done during the first visit?

Every check-up visit includes cleaning, exam, and fluoride varnish treatment. For children age 4 years and older, x-rays are also taken.

How soon should I bring my child in for a first dental visit?

First dental visits start when the first tooth comes in or by age 1 year, whichever occurs sooner.

Can my babysitter bring my child to their appointments?

Yes. However, we do require prior written consent from a primary guardian to perform any treatment on a minor. Please contact our office for proper forms.

Can I drop my child off and come back to pick them up after their appointment?

A parent or guardian must always accompany a child under the age of 18 years of age.

Does my child need x-rays? And how frequently are they taken?

Children receive their first dental x-rays at age 4 years and sooner if there is a focused concern. Dental x-rays are updated once yearly.

Do you take my insurance?

We participate with most PPO dental insurance plans. Contact your insurance company for more details on whether our practice is an in-network provider with your plan.

Should I be early to the first appointment?

Yes, you and your child should get to your first dental appointment at least 15 minutes early. This gives you time to fill out any necessary paperwork that your dentist needs in order to provide treatment.

What happens if my child required medication prior to the appointment?

We work with children of all ages as well as with disabilities, so we will work with you and your child if medication is needed before your appointment. Parents can request prescriptions that can be filled before appointments. If you need more information, ask one of our dental team members for clarification.

How often should my child visit the dentist?

Children should start visiting the dentist as soon as their teeth begin to emerge and should get biannual appointments throughout the year. These appointments allow the dentist to look for dental problems and abnormalities and treat them effectively.

Will going to the dentist prevent cavities?

Visiting your dentist often results in a decreased likelihood of cavities and tooth decay developing. Certain preventative dental treatments, such as dental sealants, can be performed by your dentist to further reduce the chance of tooth decay developing in teeth.

Do children need to floss their teeth?

Flossing is a highly important part of keeping your oral health in good condition. Without flossing, food particles and plaque could end up sticking onto and between teeth. When this happens, decay and cavities can develop. Children should be taught the proper way to floss teeth along with brushing to keep their teeth as clean and healthy as possible.

How do I make my kids brush their teeth?

The best thing to do when encouraging oral hygiene is to make the process fun and exciting. If your child sees that you’re enthusiastic about brushing your teeth at an early age, they are more likely to brush their teeth.