We treat infants through age 18, including people with special needs.
What is the difference between a pediatric dentist and a general or family dentist?
A pediatric dentist is like the pediatrician of dentistry. Pediatric dentists go to school an additional 2 - 3 years beyond dental school for specialty training.
Since Fort Mill Pediatric Dentistry only treats kids, our entire office is designed just for them -- furniture, toys, and even our equipment. Our team is extra patient and caring, and is careful to use kid-friendly terms when discussing their treatment. Dr. Katie is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist.
Will I be able to go back with my child during treatment?
Yes; parents are welcome in the treatment area.
When should I schedule my child's first dental appointment?
Your child’s first dental visit should occur shortly after his or her first tooth erupts, or at least by his or her first birthday.
What do you do during the first visit for an infant?
We try to keep the first dental visit short, positive, and informative. Often, you can hold your child in your lap while we conduct his or her exam. We usually perform a tooth brush cleaning, examine his or her gums and teeth, and then discuss preventative home care, including brushing, flossing, and diet. We can also answer any questions or concerns you may have about your child’s oral health.
Why are baby teeth important?
Primary, or “baby,” teeth are important for many reasons. Not only do they help children speak clearly and chew naturally, they also aid in forming a path that permanent teeth can follow when they are ready to erupt.
How often should my child visit the dentist?
It is typical to see your child every six months unless we need to monitor a situation. Then, the timing of your next visit will depend on your child's specific needs.
Do you treat patients with special needs?
Yes. As a pediatric dentist, we are trained and equipped to care for special needs children. Our office is designed to be physically accessible for children with special healthcare needs.
What should I do if my child's baby tooth is knocked out?
Contact your dentist immediately.
What if a tooth is knocked loose, chipped or fractured?
Contact your pediatric dentist immediately. Quick action can save the tooth, prevent infection and reduce the need for extensive dental treatment. Rinse the mouth with water and apply cold compresses to reduce swelling. If you can find the broken tooth fragment, place it in milk and bring it with you to the dentist.
What about a severe blow to the head or jaw fracture?
Call 911 or go immediately to the emergency room. A blow to the head can be life threatening.