Dental FAQ – Picture Perfect Smile

Our Dental FAQ provides the answers to the most common dentistry questions in Little Falls, NJ

Why should my child see a pediatric dentist instead of our regular family dentist?

Pediatric dentistry focuses on comprehensive oral health in infants, children, teens and children with special needs. Your child needs and deserves to have a dental experience that’s kid-friendly and tender. Picture Perfect Smile’s pediatric dentistry is made up of a team who have completed years of advanced education in pediatric dentistry, with expertise in the unique needs of infants, children and adolescents, including those with special dental health needs. Read more about Pediatric Dentistry in Little Falls.

What should I look for when choosing the right dentist for me??

Choosing a dentist who understands your family’s dental needs and can deliver high quality dental treatment and care is important, and you may wish to consider several dentists before making your final decision. During your first visit, you should be able to determine whether the dentist is right for you by considering the following questions:

  • Is the appointment schedule convenient?
  • Is the dental office in Little Falls easy to get to and close by?
  • Is the dental office clean and orderly?
  • Was your medical and dental history recorded and placed in a permanent file?
  • Does the Little Falls dentist explain techniques for good oral health?
  • Is information about cost of dental treatment presented to you before treatment is scheduled?
  • Is your dentist a member of the ADA (American Dental Association)?

At what age should I start taking my child to see the dentist?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that children first see a dentist as early as six months of age and no later than one year of age. During this time, your child’s baby teeth will be coming in and your dentist can examine the health of your child’s first few teeth. After the first visit, be sure to schedule regular checkups every six months.

How often should I see the dentist?

Regardless of age, dental patients should all see the dentist for a regular dental checkup at least once every six months. Patients who are at a greater risk for oral cancer or gum disease may be required to see the dentist more than just twice a year.

What is gum disease?

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is generally caused by plaque and bacteria buildup that is left untreated in its early stage. There are other causes of periodontal disease, such as tobacco use, teeth grinding, some medications, and genetics. Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease and is treatable if detected early. Gingivitis left untreated may turn into gum disease. Advanced gum disease will lead to tooth and bone loss, and is a permanent or irreversible condition. Brushing your teeth regularly and visiting the dentist every six months will help prevent gingivitis and more severe cases of periodontal disease. Below are some of the common signs of gum disease:

  • Irritated, bleeding or swollen gums
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Loose teeth or loss of teeth
  • Extreme tooth sensitivity
  • Receding gum line
  • Abscessed gum or teeth
  • Pain around the affected gum or tooth

How do I schedule my next checkup?

Simply call our Little Falls Dental Practice at (973) 256-2222 or fill out the form in our Contact Us page. Our front desk staff will be happy to help schedule your next dental checkup at your convenience. If you are a new patient, please let us know and we will provide you with all the information you need for your first dental visit.

Your Little Falls, NJ Dentists specializes in cosmetic dentistry, general dentistry, pediatric dentistry and orthodontics and serves the communities of Little Falls, Cedar Grove, North Caldwell, West Caldwell, Totowa, Wayne, Woodland Park and Lincoln Park.