Frequently Asked Questions
What age do we start seeing patients?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends “first visit by first birthday” so we see patients from 1 till 12 years old.
How often should I see a dentist?
The American Dental Association (ADA) guidelines recommend visiting a dentist at least twice a year for a checkup and professional cleaning. Our office also recommends a minimum of two visits per year.
When should I start brushing?
The sooner the better! Starting at birth, clean your child’s gums with a soft infant toothbrush or cloth and water. As soon as the teeth begin to appear, start brushing twice daily using fluoridated toothpaste and a soft, age-appropriate sized toothbrush. Use a "smear" of toothpaste to brush the teeth of a child less than 2 years of age. For the 2-5 year old, dispense a "pea-size" amount of toothpaste and perform or assist your child’s toothbrushing. Remember that young children do not have the ability to brush their teeth effectively.Children should spit out and not swallow excess toothpaste after brushing.
What is sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry refers to the use of sedation during dental treatment. Good candidates for sedation dentistry are children who have a high fear of dental treatment, have suffered a traumatic dental experience in the past, or have a lot of restorative dental work to be done.  It is also a great option for physically or mentally challenged children.

For some children, a visit to the dentist can be extremely frightening, which is why we offer Hospital dentistry. During hospital dentistry, procedures including x-rays, fillings and extractions are performed while the patient is asleep under a general anesthetic. This is performed in a hospital setting and is sometimes recommended for children who have health problems.

Sedation is endorsed by the American Dental Association and is an effective way to make many patients comfortable during their dental visit. Before using a sedative or anesthetic, it is important to tell your dentist about any medications or medical treatments you are receiving. Before administering any sedative or anesthetic, your dentist will talk to you about the process of sedation and pre- and post-sedation instructions.
What are sealants?
A tooth sealant is a clear or shaded plastic material applied to the depressions and grooves on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, forming a barrier to protect the tooth from bacteria and bits of food and reducing the risk of decay. Properly cared for, they can last for many years. We'll check them at each visit to make sure they are protecting your teeth properly.
Why choose a Pediatric Dentist?
Dr. Le has had several years of specialty training following dental school and limits his 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.
Why is taking care of "baby" teeth important?
Primary, or "baby," teeth are important for many reasons. Not only do they help children speak clearly and chew naturally, they also aid in forming a path that permanent teeth can follow when they are ready to emerge. Some baby teeth are not replaced by permanent teeth until a child is 12 to 14 years old.
What should I do if my child has a toothache?
First, rinse the irritated area with warm salt water and place a cold compress on the face if it is swollen. Give the child acetaminophen for any pain, rather than placing aspirin on the teeth or gums. Finally, call our office as soon as possible.
placeholder
Child Brushing Teeth
placeholder
Child Brushing Teeth
placeholder
Child Brushing Teeth