How can we help you?
Having a clear understanding of all facets of your dental care is essential, so we encourage you to be proactive about asking questions. You deserve to be fully informed, and we believe that no question is too small or unimportant. If it matters to you, it matters to us.
We answer lots of questions for our patients, and some of those we hear most often are listed below. If you don’t see your specific question here or you would like more information, feel free to give our office a call!
Pediatric Dental Care
If a manual toothbrush is used for the appropriate amount of time, and done with proper technique, it can perform just as well as a powered toothbrush. But many people don’t brush for the recommended two to three minutes. Children are also good candidates for powered brushes as their brushing habits tend to be less than optimal, especially when they are in braces.
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While everyone certainly does not need an electric toothbrush, in many instances they can be beneficial. Please feel free to call and ask us which brush is best for you!
The pits and grooves of the teeth are prime areas for opportunistic decay. Even regular brushing sometimes misses some of these intricate structures on the chewing surfaces of your teeth.
Sealants are thin coatings applied to the biting surfaces of your child's permanent molars and sometimes premolars that help prevent bacteria and other debris from getting into the deep crevices on the teeth.
Who Gets Sealants?
Young children are great candidates for preventative measures like sealants because in many cases, decay has not set in. Children’s teeth tend to benefit more from sealants because these pits and groves tend to be deeper and less calcified then they are in adults.
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If you have any more questions about sealants or would like to schedule an appointment, please don't hesitate to call Dr. Jennifer Sokolosky, DMD today!
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children have their first dental visit when their first tooth appears or by age one—whichever comes first. At this age, they’re starting to get their baby teeth, and Dr. Sokolosky can begin monitoring their oral health.
The goal of your child’s first dental visit at our Ellicott City dental office is not to perform any involved exam or treatment. We want your little one to get the most positive start with dentistry, and the best way we can do that is by letting them get used to the new experience at their pace.
Each successful visit helps build their confidence, and in no time at all, they will come to see that the dental office is not a scary place.
Your Child's First Dental Visit
Your child’s first dental visit is meant to be a fun adventure where they get to meet new people in a friendly and caring environment. We proceed slowly, and at a pace your child is comfortable with. We’ll give them a ride in the dental chair, count their teeth, and let them look in the little mirror.
If your son or daughter is relaxed and receptive to it, our Columbia, MD dentist will look at their teeth to see if there are any signs of obvious problems. We know that the first visit can be a little overwhelming for adults too, so you are always welcome to stay with your child throughout their appointment.
Call Our Ellicott City Dental Office
Our team loves treating kids, and we know exactly what they need to have the best possible experience with us. Please give our Ellicott City dental office a call to arrange your child’s exciting first dental visit!