1313 North Taylor Drive
Sheboygan , WI
What is a pediatric dentist?
A pediatric dentist is required to have two additional years of training beyond the traditional four years of college and four years of dental school. These two years are dedicated to the special growth, development and dental needs of infants, children and patients with special needs. By limiting our practice to children, we're able to focus on the oral concerns unique to their ages. We explain what we're doing on a level that kids can understand, so that they feel comfortable about the overall procedure, and why it's being done.
Why is it important to fix and save baby teeth?
Primary, or baby teeth, are the foundation of the permanent dentition. Their eruption is essential to the development of the jaws and supporting bone. Their position in the jaw maintains the proper place for the underlying permanent tooth. Primary teeth are important for normal speech, appearance and chewing. Decay occurs more easily in baby teeth because they're smaller. Abscesses in the primary teeth can adversely affect the development and health of the permanent teeth. Baby teeth are very important! They are the key to healthy and well-aligned permanent teeth. We want every child to have the gift of a disease-free mouth and a beautiful smile.
At what age should I bring my child in for his/her first visit?
It is our focus as a pediatric dental practice to prevent oral disease. For this reason, it is extremely important we begin educating you- the parent- as early as possible. We agree with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry in its recommendation that each child have a "dental home" by the age of one.
The dental home is defined as the ongoing relationship between the dentist and the patient, inclusive of all aspects of oral health care delivered in a comprehensive, continuously accessible, coordinated and family-centered way. Our interpretation is to provide you with guidance on your child's growth and development, eruption of teeth, nutrition, bottle habits, thumb/finger and pacifier sucking, trauma risk, brushing tips and much more. We do not expect your one or two year old to cooperate, and most often do not start "cleaning" the teeth until after he or she has been here a few times. Many times we will examine a child while you hold him or her on your lap. We cannot stress enough, however, the importance of acclimating him or her to the dental setting as early as possible. You will be amazed at how your child will adapt to this child-friendly environment, and beg to come back!