Frequently Asked Questions
How often does a child need a dental exam?
For most children, we recommend 2 dental exams every year, about 6 months apart. Of course, if your child needs extensive treatment, more frequent exams might be needed.
My child has Special Needs and has trouble at the dentist. Can you still do a dental exam?
Yes, most of the time we are still able to perform basic dental exams for children with Special Needs. Our dentists have lots of experience with and enjoy working with children who have special needs, including kids with Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, children on the Autism Spectrum, and those who suffer from dental anxiety.
We do our best to help your child relax and receive the care they need. If necessary, we may recommend nitrous oxide or other sedation dentistry techniques to complete the dental exam. If you have questions or concerns, please ask. We want you and your child to be completely comfortable throughout your visit.
Do you recommend combining a cleaning and exam into one visit?
In most cases, yes! Thorough cleanings go hand-in-hand with dental examinations and for most kids, fewer trips to the dentist means less stress. That said, if your child has Special Needs, a few shorter visits may be better than one longer one.
What are some things to look out for between dental exams?
While we recommend 2 dental exams each year, there are a few things to watch out for that might warrant an additional exam. These include:
- Teeth that are suddenly sensitive to hot or cold
- Swollen or bleeding gums
- Damage to fillings, crowns, or other dental restorations
- Pain anywhere in the mouth, teeth, tongue, or jaw
- Difficulty swallowing or chewing
- Persistent bad breath
It’s always better to err on the side of caution. If you wonder whether your child needs to come in for an exam, just ask. We’re here to help.
Do you accept insurance or Medicaid?
Yes! We accept Medicaid and many other insurance plans, including those from:
- United Concordia
- Delta Dental
What do I need to prepare for my child’s dental exam?
Preparing for a dental exam is pretty simple. You should:
- Be ready to discuss your child’s complete medical history with his or her dentist
- Provide a list of all medications your child is taking (prescription and over the counter)
- Let us know about any sudden changes in your child’s health (such as developing a cold or flu)
- Make sure your child is wearing comfortable, loose-fitting clothing
- Bringing a favorite toy or blanket for your child to help relieve their anxiety
- Come prepared with questions and concerns about your child’s health to discuss with his or her dentist