Welcome, Parents!


Here are some important tips for parents:

For mothers:

A healthy diet during pregnancy can contribute to a healthy smile for your baby. Teeth harden generally between the third and sixth month, even though they may not erupt until as long as a year after birth. Likewise, baby’s gum health starts from the moment they are born. Clean their gums with a wet, clean gauze or washcloth after every feeding, and never let them sleep with a milk or formula bottle.

During pregnancy:

Primary teeth begin to form in the second month of pregnancy – They harden between the third and sixth month – A baby’s healthy smile begins with a balanced diet during pregnancy

Thumb sucking:

Thumb, finger, or pacifier sucking is normal until the age of two. Don’t scold your child for these habits, but encourage them to move away from them beyond this age.

Sports drinks and soda:

While they may taste good and your children may want them, recent studies have shown that both sodas and sports drinks can cause tooth enamel to break down and decay. Avoid giving your child these drinks as much as possible and instead encourage good dental habits to help your children make good dental hygiene decisions.

Flossing:

Did you know that in most cases young children do not have the manual dexterity to brush and floss properly? This is why we recommend that parents assist their child with tooth brushing and flossing. By the time your child is writing in cursive they will require minimal supervision.

Brushing at Home:

Children’s Dentistry at the Palm Beaches is committed to making taking care of your teeth fun! We have a few songs and coloring pages to help remind your kids to have fun brushing your teeth at home and keep those chompers clean in between visits. Sing along and get creative at home!

Why Choose a Pediatric Dentist?

A pediatric dentist is a much better choice for your child in that they tailor their treatment to help young children, but also because they have received the extra education and schooling needed to specialize in treating and caring for young teeth. A pediatric dentist can help through every stage of your child’s life, starting from the time before their first teeth start coming in, all the way through until their last adult teeth finally pop through. We strive to make your child comfortable with having their teeth cared for and actually want to come to the dentist in order to help them take better care of their teeth for the rest of their lives.

Call Your Palm Beach Gardens Pediatric Dentist Today!

Children’s Dentistry of the Palm Beaches focuses on preventative dental care for children of all ages. We believe that today’s kids can grow up cavity-free easier than ever before, and we encourage you to start consulting with a dentist as soon as your child’s first tooth starts to erupt around the age of one. With regular care, cleaning, and hygiene, your child’s smile can be as bright and beautiful as they are!

Schedule an appointment for your children today! Call Children’s Dentistry of the Palm Beaches at 561-626-9887.

We are now in-network providers for the following dental plans:

Accepted Insurance

  • Assurant-DHA
  • Cigna
  • Delta Dental PPO
  • Delta Dental Premier
  • Dentemax
  • Humana
  • MetLife
  • Premier Group
  • United Healthcare
  • UCCI

Your First Visit

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FAQ

  • When should I schedule my child’s first visit to the dentist?

    We recommend that you make an appointment to see the dentist as soon as your child gets his first tooth. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children be seen by six months after their first tooth erupts, or at one year of age, whichever comes first.

  • How is a pediatric dentist different from other dentists?

    All dental specialists (pediatric dentists, orthodontists, oral surgeons, and others) begin by completing dental school, then continue their education with several years of additional specialized training. During training in the field of pediatric dentistry, your doctor gained extensive knowledge and experience in treating infants, children, and adolescents. Pediatric dentists enjoy working with children, and bring to each patient our expertise in childhood development and behavior. Because our office is geared toward young visitors, you'll find that our staff, as well as our office design, decorations, and activities all work together to provide an especially friendly and comfortable environment for children.

  • What happens during my child’s first visit to the dentist?

    The first visit is usually short and simple. In most cases, we focus on getting to know your child and giving you some basic information about dental care. The doctor will check your child’s teeth for placement and health, and will look for any potential problems with the gums and jaw. If necessary, we may do a bit of cleaning. We will also answer any questions you have about how to care for your child’s teeth as they develop, and provide you with materials containing helpful tips that you can refer to at home.

  • How can I prepare for my child’s first dental appointment?

    The best preparation for your child’s first visit to our office is maintaining a positive attitude. Children pick up on adults’ apprehensions, and if you make negative comments about trips to the dentist you can be sure that your child will fear an unpleasant experience and act accordingly. Show your child the pictures of the office and staff on the website. Let your child know that it’s important to keep his teeth and gums healthy, and that the doctor will help him do that. Remember that your dentist is specially trained to handle fears and anxiety, and our staff excels at putting children at ease during treatment.

  • How often should my child visit the dentist?

    We generally recommend scheduling checkups every six months. Depending on the circumstances of your child’s oral health, we may recommend more frequent visits.

  • Baby teeth aren’t permanent. Why do they need special care?

    Although they don’t last as long as permanent teeth, your child’s first teeth play an important role in his development. While they’re in place, these primary teeth help your little one speak, smile, and chew properly. They also hold space in the jaw for permanent teeth. If a child loses a tooth too early (due to damage or decay) nearby teeth may encroach on that space, which can result in crooked or misplaced permanent teeth. Also, your child’s general health is affected by the oral health of the teeth and gums.

  • What’s the best way to clean my baby’s teeth?

    Even before your baby’s first tooth appears, we recommend you clean his gums after feedings with a damp, soft washcloth. As soon as his first tooth appears, you can start using a toothbrush. Choose a toothbrush with soft bristles and a small head. You most likely can find a toothbrush designed for infants at your local drugstore.

  • At what age is it appropriate to use toothpaste to clean my child’s teeth?

    Once your child has a few teeth, you can start using toothpaste on the brush. Use only a tiny amount of fluoridated toothpaste (the size of a grain of rice) for each cleaning. Always have your child rinse and spit out toothpaste after brushing. Children naturally want to swallow toothpaste after brushing, and swallowing too much fluoride toothpaste can cause teeth to stain. You should brush your child’s teeth for him until he is ready to take on that responsibility himself, which usually happens by age six or seven.

  • What causes cavities?

    Certain types of bacteria live in our mouths. When these bacteria come into contact with sugary foods left behind on our teeth after eating, acids are produced. These acids attack the enamel on the exterior of the teeth, eventually eating through the enamel and creating holes in the teeth, which we call cavities.

  • How can I help my child avoid cavities?

    Be sure that your child brushes his teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Flossing daily is also important, because flossing can reach spots between the teeth that brushing can’t. Check with your pediatric dentist about a fluoride supplement, which helps tooth enamel become harder and more resistant to decay. Avoid sugary foods and drinks, limit snacking, and maintain a healthy diet. And finally, make regular appointments so that we can check the health of your child’s teeth and provide professional cleanings.

  • Does my child need dental sealants?

    Sealants cover the pits and fissures in teeth that are difficult to brush and therefore susceptible to decay. We recommend sealants as a safe, simple way to help your child avoid cavities, especially for molars, which are hardest to reach.

  • My child plays sports. How can I protect his teeth?

    Even children’s sports involve contact, and we recommend mouthguards for children active in sports. If your little one plays baseball, soccer, or other sports, ask us about having a custom-fitted mouthguard made to protect his teeth, lips, cheeks, and gums.

  • When should my child have dental x-rays taken?

    We recommend taking X-rays around the age of two or three. The first set consists of simple pictures of the front upper and lower teeth, which familiarizes your child with the process. Once the baby teeth in back are touching one another, then regular (at least yearly) X-rays are recommended. Permanent teeth start coming in around age six, and X-rays help us make sure your child’s teeth and jaw are healthy and properly aligned. If your child is at a high risk of dental problems, we may suggest having X-rays taken at an earlier age.

  • Can I stay with my child during treatment?

    Absolutely! You’re welcome to stick around for your child’s regular exam. But your child will better focus on doctor’s directions if you’re not in the room during a more involved treatment. Always check directly with the practice manager or doctor for your particular situation.

  • I want to video-record the procedure. May I?

    To comply with Federal HIPAA regulations, we do not allow the use of cell phones or recording devices in the clinical area of our offices.

  • How long is a typical visit?

    A dental cleaning typically takes about 30 minutes, but may be longer or shorter based on the patient's age, behavior, and hygiene. Appliances such as braces can also lengthen the amount of time for the appointment. Other types of appointments may be longer or shorter, depending on what treatment is being completed. We work on kid time and never want to rush a patient into compliance.

  • Can I get a medical note for my child’s absence from school?

    Yes, we are happy to provide a school note for the day a patient is seen in our office. Procedures completed in our offices generally do not require extended absences from school.

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