Pediatric Dentistry

Protecting the Smallest of Smiles

Dr. Siri Ziese, DDS makes extra time and provides extra care for her “littlest” patients. She’ll help your child prioritize their smile by establishing good healthy habits. Contact Ziese Family Dentistry today to schedule an appointment.

Your Child’s First Dental Appointment

  • Your child’s visit to the dentist will shape their oral health habits. Dr. Ziese’s goal is to provide them (and you) a positive, anxiety-free experience.
  • Get acquainted with Dr. Ziese and build their confidence
  • Perform a teeth cleaning, etc
  • Assess the health of their developing teeth and gums
  • Answer any questions

Common Pediatric Dentistry FAQs

What age should my child first visit the dentist?

“First tooth or First Birthday.” Children should be seen when the first tooth erupts or at least by their first birthday according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Early oral health evaluations can help prevent future dental problems for your child.

How often should my child brush their teeth?

Brushing is optimum 30 minutes after each meal. That’s not always realistic, so twice a day and especially after eating sugary foods and at bedtime. Flossing should be done at least once a day, preferably at bedtime. Children should be assisted with brushing and flossing at least until they are 9 years old.

Can cavities be prevented for my child?

Tooth decay happens when bacteria attack your child’s teeth. Plaque and tartar build-up is the problem when sugar is consumed. Routine brushing and flossing help remove the plaque and sugar from your child’s teeth. Fluoride toothpaste can be started at age 1 which will strengthen enamel against acidic attack.

When are braces necessary for my child?

Orthodontic treatment is typically used to straighten and move your child’s permanent teeth into a healthy position. Age 12 is common for beginning orthodontics. Your child’s tooth development condition helps determine the need for braces or aligners.

What should I do if my child’s tooth is damaged or knocked-out?

If your child’s “baby” tooth is dislodged apply pressure to the socket and call our dental office. A lost permanent tooth should always be gently rinsed and reinserted ASAP. If that is not possible, then the tooth should be located, gently handled, placed in milk or saline solution and delivered to our dental office. Contact us immediately for necessary instructions to preserve the tooth.

Can my child be given Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) if they have anxiety visiting the dentist?

Yes – Nitrous oxide, laughing gas, is commonly used for children to provide a relaxing visit. Ziese Family Dentistry provides sedation services for both children and adults.

When is a dental crown best for my child?

Sometimes a dental filling cannot provide enough tooth coverage to treat your child’s cavity. A dental crown can be placed to provide a strong, new tooth structure pending development of their adult teet. A children’s dental crown restores your child’s tooth function and their tooth’s appearance. Their crown can also prevent further tooth damage and help with bite alignment during development.