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A Pediatric Dental Specialist provides comprehensive preventative care and therapeutic oral health care to infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health care needs. Pediatric dentists have completed an additional two-year advanced educational program providing them with special skills and knowledge beyond that of a general dentist
Just as your child sees a Pediatrician, it’s just as important that your child see a Pediatric Dentist. Pediatric Dentists just like Pediatricians are doctors who completed additional training to provide care for infants, children, and adolescents. We have a passion for treating children and ensuring that they have a great experience.
In addition, Pediatric Dentists provide a warm, fun and child-friendly environment to help guide your child through their dental experience. We also have-well trained staff that love working with children.
Yes. Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to fill out any remaining patient forms.
Please be sure to request a prescription prior to your appointment, or if you are unsure, contact us and we can help.
Please bring the following items with you to your appointment:
It varies, but please plan on 40-60 minutes for the first visit
ABSOLUTELY. We welcome you to accompany your child during their dental visit. However, studies show that parental anxiety can sometimes transfer to the child. In instances like so, we ask that you allow your child to accompany our staff through the dental experience. We are all highly experienced in helping children overcome anxiety. Below are some additional guidelines that we have found to help children master their dental appointment.
It is our primary focus to help your child master the dental appointment. If there are any special requests for care or you have questions regarding guidelines for parents please discuss those with us prior to the appointment.
When the first tooth appears, or no later than their first birthday. Pediatric dentists focus on prevention and research shows that children who visit the dentist earlier are less likely to have tooth decay.
Before children have teeth a wet washcloth is helpful to rub on the gums and remove food and bacteria. When teeth come in any small soft-bristled toothbrush will help remove bacteria that can lead to decay. Preferably one designed specifically for infants with a small head, should be used at least once a day at bedtime.
As soon as the teeth begin to appear, start brushing twice daily using fluoridated toothpaste and a soft, age-appropriate sized toothbrush. For children under 3, you should only use a “smear” or rice grain amount of toothpaste. For children over 3, you can use a “pea” sized amount of toothpaste.
Research shows that children do not adequately brush their teeth alone until they reach the age of 6-7. Even at this point they still require supervision.
YES. They are not just for chewing, they are important for speech development, development of the jaws, keeping space for permanent teeth. Decay in baby teeth can be easily prevented or treated, but failing to take care of baby teeth can cause life-threatening infections.
Not necessarily. They only become a problem if they last for long periods of time. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends beginning to remove pacifiers at age 2 with complete removal by the 3rd birthday. We can evaluate if any growth changes have occurred because of this habit. If an intervention is needed there are many different ways to correct this habit.
A check-up every six months is recommended in order to 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.
Sealants are thin “plastic-like” coverings that go down in the deep grooves of teeth to keep bacteria from living in them. Studies show that 90% of decay on teeth occurs in the grooves that could be protected by sealants.
Fluoride is naturally found in the environment. Fluoride helps to strengthen teeth by remineralizing broken down tooth structure and decreasing sensitivity. If you have further questions about fluoride please feel free to talk with our staff.
New advances in technology utilized by our office can dramatically reduce x-ray exposure. As a pediatric dentist, we strive to reduce radiation exposure for your children. At Joyful Smiles Pediatric Dentistry we do not contract with insurance companies and don’t take x-rays just because they are a covered service. We closely follow the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry guidelines for radiation exposures to decrease x-ray exposure for all our patients. We also use all digital x-rays that allow us to decrease the radiation dose even further
Bitewings are cavity-detecting x-rays. Bitewings allow us to see cavities in between the teeth, which we could not otherwise see clinically.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) doesn’t have set guidelines on age for dental x-rays. The Guideline on Prescribing Dental Radiographs for Infants, Children, Adolescents, and Persons with Special Health Care Needs states that diagnostic studies should be based on each patient’s needs, not on age alone.
We accept all major PPO insurances. We currently do not accept HMO, DHMO, Medicaid, Public Aid or All Kids Dental Plans. As a courtesy to our insured patients, we submit claims to your insurance company free of charge. We will help you to receive your maximum allowable benefits. In order to do this, we need your insurance card and/or insurance policy with you on your first visit.
NO, we currently do not accept HMO dental plans
NO, we currently do not accept Medicaid, Public or All Kids Dental Plans.
An out-of-network provider is one, which has not contracted with your insurance company for reimbursement at a negotiated rate. Insurance companies usually still cover preventative dental services at 100% even for patients that are not in network.
Contact our office as soon as possible.
Rinse the knocked-out tooth in cool water. Do not scrub the tooth. If possible, replace the tooth in the socket and hold it there with clean gauze. If you can’t put the tooth back into the socket, place the tooth in a container of milk. Come to our office immediately. Feel free to call our emergency number if it is after hours. The tooth has a better chance of being saved if you act immediately.
Contact our office as soon as possible. Time is of the essence! Our goal is to save the tooth and prevent infection. Rinse the mouth out with water and apply a cold compress to reduce swelling. It’s possible that if you can find the broken tooth fragment, it can be bonded back to the tooth.
Call our office immediately to schedule an appointment.
Sport related dental injuries can be reduced or prevented by wearing mouth guards. Childproofing your home can also help reduce injuries at home. In addition, regular dental check-ups will contribute to preventative care
Joyful Smiles Pediatric Dentistry is accepting new patients - infants, toddlers and adolescents all welcome! Dr. Yaa McDonald and team offer a complete suite of services including customized smile makeovers. Call us today to schedule an appointment.
Free Sonic Powered Toothbrush with a new patient exam, cleaning and fluoride.
*For first-time patients only, limit three per family, not to be used with any other offer
**While supplies last
Joyful Smiles Pediatric Dentistry (708) 794-9526
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Joyful Smiles Pediatric Dentistry (708) 794-9526