Common Questions About Pediatric Dentistry
What's the difference between a pediatric dentist and a family dentist?
Pediatric dentistry is one of only nine specialties recognized by the American Dental Association. As such, it requires special licensure and training. A pediatric dentist receives two or three additional years of training in addition to that which a general or family dentist receives. Dr. Louca limits her practice to children and offers services that cater to their unique needs, including treatment for medically compromised children.
Are baby teeth really important?
It’s true that baby teeth will eventually fall out, but that doesn’t mean they’re not important. Baby teeth help your child chew naturally and speak clearly. They also create a path that permanent teeth will follow when they erupt. Neglected cavities in baby teeth frequently lead to problems in developing permanent teeth. Finally, children who care for their baby teeth properly are more likely to care for their permanent teeth when they emerge. At Coppell Dentistry for Kids, we can show you how to care for your child’s baby teeth and keep them healthy, painless, and cavity-free.
What should I do if my child has a toothache?
A toothache can be a sign of any number of dental problems. You can relieve your child’s immediate pain by giving him or her children's ibuprofen or acetaminophen – do not place aspirin on the teeth or gums, as this will irritate the tissues. Your child can also rinse with warm salt water, and a cold compress can help reduce swelling of the face. Visit our office as soon as possible so we can determine the source of your child’s pain and offer a long-term solution. Read more about emergency pediatric dentistry here.
How much toothpaste should my child use?
Toothpaste is an important aspect of your child’s oral hygiene routine, but too much toothpaste is never a good thing. For children under two years old, use only a "smear" of toothpaste twice daily, and be sure to wipe out excess toothpaste after brushing. Fluoride is essential for preventing cavities, but when ingested in large amounts, it can cause fluorosis, or white spots on permanent teeth. For children over two, you can use a pea-sized amount of fluoridated toothpaste twice daily under parental supervision. Encourage your child to spit out the toothpaste after brushing. Remember, children under seven lack the dexterity to brush by themselves, so work with your child to develop good brushing habits.
Do you accept dental insurance?
Yes, we accept most major dental insurance plans and will file your claim on your behalf. We are also in-network with MetLife and Delta Dental Premier. If you have questions about your child's specific coverage, please contact your insurance provider for details. The treatment we recommend will be based solely on the needs of your child and will not be influenced in any way by your insurance policy. So we have adequate time to verify your benefits, please provide us with all of your insurance information prior to your first visit.
What are your payment options?
Pay for your child’s dental care via cash, check, American Express, Discover, MasterCard, or Visa. We also work with CareCredit for convenient monthly payment plans with little or no interest. Our financial coordinator can help you apply for CareCredit, or you can apply online before your visit.