Frequently Asked Questions

do I need a referral to see a pediatric dentist?

Definitely not! While Dr. Brett is a specialist, anyone is welcomed, referred or not.

when should I start to use toothpaste?

It’s safe to use toothpaste as soon as teeth erupt, but you don’t need much. A ‘smear’ or ‘rice-size’ amount is good until about age 3, and a ‘pea-size’ amount from age 3-6.

does breast milk cause cavities?

No. However, if cavities are present, breastmilk will cause them to grow faster. Wipe your babies teeth with a soft, damp cloth after each feeding to help keep them clean.

is fluoride safe?

Fluoride is considered the standard of care, and is endorsed by the American Dental Association, the Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the CDC, and many more. A ‘smear’ or ‘rice-size’ amount is good until about age 3, and a ‘pea-size’ amount from age 3-6.

is fluoride healthy for teeth?

Fluoride is considered the standard of care, and is endorsed by the American Dental Association, the Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the CDC, and many more.

when should my child see a dentist?

By age 1. Past that? That’s okay – it’s never too late to have your child see a dentist!

my child is afraid of the dentist, now what?

Do you have fear of going to the dentist? Your child’s fear may be the result of what you have told them. Regardless, dental fear is very common, especially if a child has had a negative experience at the dentist in the past. Come stop by for a visit, and you’ll see we will do everything we can to ensure a safe and calm experience.

why fix baby teeth if they are only going to fall out?

Every situation is unique and it depends on the tooth. Baby teeth are used to help kids bite, chew, have normal oral function, and hold space for permanent teeth. Infections in baby teeth can spread and cause serious problems. It’s important to make sure all teeth stay healthy.

when are braces needed?

If your child needs braces, this will usually start around age 12. Sometimes early orthodontics are needed, around ages 7-9.

my child needs a filling, what should I tell them before their appointment?

Tell them it will be fine, and please avoid using words like shot, needle, or injection

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