Frequently Asked Questions
The team at Greer Pediatric Dental Care is proud to serve children and adolescents with quality preventative dental services. Our dental health team is dedicated to providing patients and families with the resources they need to understand and take charge of their dental health.
Monday to Thursday
6:30 am – 4:00 pm
6:30 am – 12:00 pm
Why choose a pediatric dentist?
Pediatric dentists specialize in treating the unique needs of infants, children, and adolescents, as well as those with special health and emotional needs. In order to become a pediatric dentist, a dentist must complete two to three years of specialty training in addition to dental school. To become a Board Certified Pediatric dentist, the doctor must pass a voluntary 2-part exam specially administered by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. This test certifies the candidate possesses the requisite knowledge, skills, and experience to deliver pediatric dental care at the highest level.
When should my child first see a dentist?
It is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry that a child first sees a dentist within 6 months of the eruption of their 1st tooth or by one year of age, whichever comes first. The first visit is important because it helps us identify any problems early, such a dental abnormalities or early childhood caries. The earlier these issues are found, the easier they are to treat.
How should I prepare my child for this first dental visit?
The best way to prepare your child for the dentist is to talk with them. We recommend staying away from “scary” words such as pain, needle, hurt, etc. For additional preparation, there are many fun and informative books available for young children. Playing dentist at home can also be a fun way of preparing your child for their appointment and getting them excited for their visit.
What do you do to make my child comfortable during their visit?
What is is normal development and eruption on children’s teeth?
Even before your child is born, the primary teeth are forming under the gums. Baby or primary teeth normally start to erupt between 4 – 6 months of age, with the lower, center, front teeth (central incisors) coming in first. Your child’s permanent teeth start to develop under the gums around age 3 and erupt around age 6. You child will eventually have up to 32 permanent teeth.
Why are baby teeth important anyway?
Not only do baby teeth help your child speak appropriately and allow for proper nutrition, they are essential in the eruption of the adult teeth. The primary teeth also contribute to the development of the growing jaw and face.
How can I prevent my child from getting cavities?
Cavity prevention starts at home. Brushing and flossing, as well as a well-balanced, low-sugar diet, play an important role in preventing cavities and good oral hygiene. For further protection from decay, it is important to bring your child in for regular dental cleanings, fluoride applications, and sealant placements.