Frequently Asked Questions

What should I use to clean my baby's teeth?

A toothbrush will remove plaque bacteria that can lead to decay. Any soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head, preferably one designed specifically for infants, should be used at least once a day at bedtime.

When should I take my child to the dentist for the first check-up?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatrics both recommend your child see the dentist when their first tooth appears or their first birthday (whichever comes first). This introduces your child to the beginning of a lifelong relationship between the dentist and your child. It also allows Dr. Adam to monitor growth, development and catch problems while they are still small and easy to treat.

Dr. Adam also provides laser lip and tongue tie releases for infants, as well as children of all ages.

What is the difference between a pediatric dentist and a family dentist?

Pediatric dentists are the pediatricians of dentistry. A pediatric dentist has two to three years of specialty training following dental school and limits his/her practice to treating children only. Pediatric dentists are primary and specialty oral care providers for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health needs.

Are baby teeth really that important to my child?

Primary, or “baby,” teeth are important for many reasons and play a role in your child’s overall health.  Healthy primary teeth are not just needed to maintain good oral hygiene, but also for proper chewing, speaking, as well as holding space for your child’s permanent adult teeth. 

Cavities are bacterial infections and can be contagious. If a primary tooth has a cavity that goes untreated, it can spread to other teeth an cause unnecessary damage. 

How can I prevent decay caused by nursing?

Nursing has wonderful health and bonding benefits. Since breastmilk is high in natural sugar, it is important to brush your child’s teeth and if possible, avoid nursing to sleep.  Taking your child to a pediatric dentist regularly starting around their first birthday can help detect early signs of decay.

How often does my child need to see the pediatric dentist?

A check-up every six months is recommended in order prevent cavities and other dental problems. However, your pediatric dentist can tell you when and how often your child should visit based on their personal oral health.

How do I make my child's diet safe for his teeth?

Make sure your child has a balanced diet, including one serving each of: fruits and vegetables, breads and cereals, milk and dairy products, and meat fish and eggs. Limiting the servings of sugars and starches will also aid in protecting your child’s teeth from decay. You can also ask your pediatric dentist to help you select foods that protect your children’s teeth.

How do dental sealants work?

Sealants work by filling in the crevasses on the chewing surfaces of the teeth. This shuts out food particles that could get caught in the teeth, causing cavities. The application is fast and comfortable and can effectively protect teeth for many years.

What should I do if my child falls and knocks out a permanent tooth?

The most important thing to do is to remain calm and reassure your child, making sure there are no other medical emergencies. Then find the tooth. Hold it by the crown rather than the root and try to reinsert it in the socket. If that is not possible, put the tooth in a glass of milk and take your child and the glass immediately to the pediatric dentist.

If an emergency should arise during off hours, Dr. Adam is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.