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1. When do I need to bring my child for his/her first visit?
2. How many times per day should I brush?
3. Is flossing necessary?
4. What if I have an emergency?

5. Why do I have bad breath?

6. Will I need X-rays?

7. What is gingivitis?

8. What is baby bottle syndrome?

9. Why are my teeth sensitive?

10. Why do my gums bleed?


When do I need to bring my child for his/her first visit?

We usually start seeing patients at around 2 years of age. However, If you notice any abnormality in the child's mouth (e.g. trauma, stains, cavities, discoloration, etc.), it is recommended that the child see a dentist immediately, regardless of age.

How many times per day should I brush?
3 times per day, after every meal. For children, we recommend that they additionally brush after eating snacks.
We strongly recommend that parents brush their young children's teeth at least three times per day and supervise their older children's brushing to ensure the best hygiene.

Is flossing necessary?
Yes. Since brushing alone cannot reach areas in between teeth, we recommend that you floss after every time you brush in order to prevent cavities.
In addition, you can use a mouthwash once or twice per day to help control bacterial activity that causes bad breath and other dental problems. We advise that children do not use mouthwash for adults. Please ask us about special products for children.

What if I have an emergency?
If you have a dental emergency, please call our office right away. If you call our office outside of our regular business hours, you will be given our emergency phone number. We will make an effort to see you as soon as possible or advise you properly to help solve your problem. If you have a serious or life-threatening emergency, call 911.

Why do I have bad breath?
There are several possible causes for bad breath such as tooth decay, gingivitis, tartar, periodontal conditions, and even some medical conditions. Your dentist can help you determine the cause of bad breath and advise you on how to treat it during your visit.

Will I need X-rays?
Dental X-rays are an essential diagnostic tool used to determine the condition of a patient's mouth. They reveal possible abnormalities in teeth, periodontal structures, and jaws that cannot be detected in a clinical examination. During your first visit and every periodic check-up, you will have X-rays taken in addition to a complete dental examination. Our office uses digital X-rays, which have the advantage of greatly minimizing the patient's exposure to radiation.


What is gingivitis?
Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums that is usually caused by bacterial activity and poor oral hygiene. There are also medical conditions associated with the presence of gingivitis. Gingivitis can also be present in adolescents, and occasionally in children, which is why it is important to visit your dentist every six months to determine the cause of the swelling.

What is baby bottle syndrome?
Baby bottle tooth decay is caused by the prolonged usage of a bottle in conjunction with bacterial activity and a lack of brushing. We recommend that a baby gradually stop using a bottle upon reaching 12 months of age and begin the transition toward training cups.

Why are my teeth sensitive?
There are many possible causes for sensitivity, among which are: consuming too much sweet or acidic food, a broken restoration, a fractured tooth, or toothbrush abrasion. The dentist can determine the cause and set up proper treatment.

Why do my gums bleed?
The most common cause for bleeding is gum disease, but the dentist can determine the correct cause and set up a treatment. A professional dental cleaning can help stop the bleeding.

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