Frequently Asked Questions
What is your dental philosophy?
Each child is unique, so their dental care should be too! Dirigo Pediatric Dentistry is passionate about dental education and prevention, using the highest standard of dental technology to restore teeth in a family-friendly environment.
Why is it important to protect and care for baby teeth?
As the foundation of your child's smile, baby teeth are important for so many reasons! Your child will lose their last baby tooth around the age of 12, and until then, these primary teeth assist with speech development, food consumption, and pave the way for permanent tooth eruption.
Why a pediatric dentist?
Pediatric dentists are specially trained in children's dental health after receiving an additional two years of training following four years of dental school and a bachelors degree. This makes pediatric dentists uniquely qualified to work with parents and children on preventing tooth decay and the promotion of great oral health, right from the start. We make dentistry approachable and work with your child in a special way using fun games and silly names for our tools in order to effectively provide dental healthcare.
How often does my child need to go to the dentist?
The American Dental Association recommends children visit the dentist every six months for a routine teeth cleaning and dental exam. Routine dental cleanings and check-ups are an important part of maintaining a healthy smile.
When should my child see the dentist for their first visit?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend patients first visit the dentist within 6 months of their first tooth, or at age one (which ever comes first). These first visits allow us to meet each other, discuss establishing an oral care routine, diagnose any conditions as early as possible, and the establishment of a dental home.
Do you need x-rays?
Dental x-rays are used to detect dental decay and determine its size and location. Dirigo Pediatric Dentistry uses the most advanced digital x-rays which allow for the lowest possible radiation exposure and provides us immediate results. We are sensitive to our patient needs and x-ray frequency is based on the individual needs of your child.
We strive to be able to provide the best possible diagnostic information. Our Cone Beam x-ray can provide a 3-dimensional image of the jaws when traditional x-rays don’t provide enough information.
Dirigo Pediatric Dentistry also utilizes specialized cameras that highlight bacterial activity. This technology allows us to identify cavities as they are just beginning to form allowing for minimally invasive treatment, or in some cases, the camera serves as a documentation of small cavities to make sure they are not changing. We are also able to identify both new and old plaque to help educate our patients on proper oral hygiene.
Are parents allowed in exam and treatment rooms?
We welcome parents to accompany their child during their dental office visit. We want your child to develop a relationship with our team and Dr. Mike, so often times a parent's role is best as an observer. Our goal is to provide your child with a positive dental experience in a welcoming environment. As we often use lasers in providing dental treatment, we ask that other children not be in the room during restorative procedures.
I remember the last time I needed an impression, there’s no way my kid can do that!
They don’t have to! As part of our commitment to making dentistry better through technology, we utilize a 3-dimensional intraoral scanner. This device takes pictures of your child’s mouth using a special wand and makes a digital model of your their mouth. No more goopy impressions!