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FAQ About Pediatric Dentistry

Is the tooth fairy the only dental pro overseeing your kids’ teeth? It’s time to schedule a visit with your dentist. There is a common misconception that children don’t need to visit the dentist while they’re toddlers or young children, because their “baby teeth” fall out anyway; parents think, “What’s the point?” But it’s actually recommended that your child visit the dentist by their second birthday, if not their first birthday. Establish a lifetime of good oral health now for your children with pediatric dentistry.

Frequently Asked Questions About Pediatric Dentistry

Q: At what age should children first go to the dentist?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that your child have their first dental visit by their first birthday or within six months of their first tooth emerging. Though this is a wise recommendation, it’s also OK to wait a bit longer and bring your child in for their first visit around their second birthday.

Q: Why do children need to go to the dentist?

It’s important to establish good oral hygiene early in life. The dentist will make sure your child’s oral development is on track and without concern, and early cleanings and education about oral hygiene will lessen tooth decay and establish good habits.

Q: Should you go to a dentist that specializes in pediatric dentistry?

It’s important to take your children to a dentist who has expertise in pediatric dentistry. Your children’s development is important, particularly their dental health as it impacts many aspects of their health and speech development. It is also important that the dental office has a staff that is accustomed to working with children. Children may be apprehensive the first time they visit the dentist, so it’s vital that the dental office has a warm and welcoming staff that can communicate well with kids and put them at ease.

Q: What happens at a pediatric dental visit?

Your child’s mouth will be examined to review their teeth development and the condition of their jaw and gums. Your child’s teeth will also be gently cleaned to remove any tartar or plaque build-up. This helps prevent tooth decay.

Q: Why is fluoride important for kids?

Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral that helps strengthen the tooth enamel to prevent tooth decay. Fluoride treatments at the dentist, plus use of fluoride toothpaste, help protect your child’s teeth from enamel erosion and cavities.

Q: What is dental sealant and what is its purpose?

Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings. They are applied to the chewing surfaces of your child’s adult molars to form a barrier and prevent tooth decay.


At Modern Dentistry, Todd A. Pizzi, DDS, and Luciana Messina, DDS, are dedicated to providing high-quality cosmetic, restorative, and preventive dentistry services to patients and families in Shrewsbury, Worcester, North and South Grafton, Westborough, Southborough, Northborough, Boylston, Hopkinton, Millbury, and all surrounding communities. To schedule your next appointment, contact our office by calling (508) 842-6356 today.