Frequently Asked Questions
At Castle Creek Pediatric Dentistry, we get lots of questions about kid’s dental care. We want to help all the children we see in the North Ogden area learn great dental habits. The younger they begin, the better their habits will be later in life. Read over these questions to understand why Castle Creek Pediatric Dentistry may be right for your family.
Q: What is Pediatric Dentistry?
A: Pediatric dentistry is a dental specialty recognized by the American Dental Association. Dentists with this recognition are qualified to provide comprehensive care for children from infancy to adolescence. Pediatric dentists complete an additional two years of training after becoming a general dentist. The specialty training includes behavior guidance, restoration dentistry, child psychology, and the treatment of chronically ill or handicapped children. Pediatric dentists are the most qualified to perform comprehensive dental care for children.
Q: When should my child start visiting the dentist?
A: The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that children begin visiting the dentist by their first birthday or at least six months after they have their first tooth. Early visits with a pediatric dentist build a positive relationship for your child with their dentist. When your kids get excited about the dentist, it can encourage good dental and cleaning habits for the rest of their lives.
Q: Why are baby teeth important?
A: Maintaining the overall health of primary, or baby teeth, is very important. When neglected, cavities can start and pain and infection may follow. This can lead to problems that affect the development of permanent teeth for the child. Baby teeth are also important for properly chewing food, providing the space needed for permanent teeth, and allowing proper jaw bone and muscle development.
Q: Why does my child need dental X-rays?
A: X-rays play a vital role in the dental diagnostic process, especially for preventative dental care. Without X-rays, cavities go undetected. They also help the pediatric dentist see the developing teeth, evaluate injuries and make plans for orthodontic treatment. For our visits, we will request bitewing X-rays about once a year and panoramic X-rays every 3-5 years.
With modern technology and better safeguards, the amount of radiation for your child’s dental X-ray is extremely small. Lead body aprons and shields will protect your child.
Q: Can I stay with my child?
A: It is our preference that one parent come with the child for the initial visit. We have no restrictions for parents who want to stay with kids during their dental visit. However attitude and cooperation vary with each child. Based on our experience, most children work better if their parent remains in the waiting room.
Q: How do I treat a cut or bitten tongue, lip, or cheek?
A: You will need to apply ice to any bruised areas. If the cheek is bleeding, firmly apply pressure with a clean gauze or cloth. If the bleeding continues for longer than 15 minutes and can’t be controlled by pressure, seek medical attention.
Q: My child accidentally knocked out a permanent tooth – what should I do?
A: First, find the root of the tooth. Handle it by the crown and not the root portion. You can rinse the root, but do not wipe or handle the tooth improperly. Inspect the tooth to make sure there are no cracks or fractures. Then, try to reinsert the tooth into the socket. If you can’t reinsert the tooth, place it in a cup of milk and call our office immediately.
Q: What makes Castle Creek different?
A: We believe in personal dentistry where we will do our best to appreciate your child’s individual circumstances and tailor the treatment accordingly. Castle Creek’s own King of the Castle, Dr. Simkins, will care for your little Prince or Princess each and every time you come in.
If you have any other questions, feel free to call our office at 1-801-590-7929. We are located at 2667 N Washington Blvd. in North Ogden and we are happy to help serve your children with dental care needs. We proudly serve patients in Northern Utah, including Ogden, Farr West, Pleasant View and Harrisville, Utah.