Early visits to a pediatric dentist can prevent future dental problems. Preventing dental problems is much less expensive than correcting them. The earlier the visit, the better the chance of preventing future dental problems. The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Dental Association, and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that a child's first dental visit occur within six months of the appearance of the baby's first tooth, but no later than their first birthday.
At your child's first dental visit, we will show you how to clean their teeth, discuss fluoride needs and recommend oral care products. We will also check for problems such as baby bottle tooth decay and early childhood caries. For toddlers, we gently examine their teeth and gums and if necessary, we will clean your child's teeth. To make your child feel more comfortable, they may lay on the parent's lap. Also, if necessary, we may take X-rays to aid us in our diagnosis or evaluation.
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Our office is a fee-for-service pediatric dental practice. We accept most kinds of private indemnity insurance as well as traditional (non-PPO, non-HMO) Delta Dental. Although we are providers for AETNA DMO and CIGNA HMO insurance, there are certain age restrictions and guidelines set forth by your Insurance. We are currently not a provider for Medi-Cal, Healthy Families and Health Plan of San Mateo.
We are glad to assist you in obtaining the maximum benefit from your dental insurance. Most plans only cover a portion of the dental fee. This means that you will be responsible for your deductible and the estimated co-payment. At each visit, we will estimate your co-payment. Your co-payment is expected at the time of services. If there is a balance, we will send you a statement. We accept cash, check, Visa and MasterCard for your convenience.
As a courtesy to you, we will bill your insurance carrier. We cannot file with your insurance company unless you give us your insurance information. If there is a change of insurance, please let the office know. We urge you to be familiar with your insurance plan before arriving to our office. We may not be considered an in-network office for some insurance plans, but in fact many out of network coverage are similar to our normal fees. If your insurance company has not paid after 60 days, the balance will become your responsibility.Please understand that we do not have a contract with your insurance company, only you do. We are not responsible for how your insurance company handles its claims or for what benefits they pay on a claim. We only assist you in estimating your portion of the cost of treatment. We at no time guarantee what your insurance will or will not do with each claim.
Please let us know if you have any questions about insurance coverage. We are here to help you.
Tips For Cavity Prevention
- Limit frequency of meals and snacks.
- Help your child brush and floss regularly.
- Avoid sticky foods (fruit rolls and sticky dried fruit).
- Make treats part of meals.
- Choose nutritious snacks.
- Do not reward or bribe your child using candy or other unhealthy foods.
- Ask your doctor about medications that may cause a dry mouth. Saliva is necessary to wash away food.
- Some medications are high in sugar. Brush teeth after using them.
- Avoid high carbohydrate/sugary sports drinks or juices. Most fruit juices (apple) are high in sugar and low in nutritional value.
Most of the time, cavities are due to a diet high in sugary foods and a lack of brushing. Limiting sugar intake and brushing regularly can help keep your child's smile shining brightly.
The longer it takes for your child to chew their foods, and the longer the residue stays on their teeth, the greater the chances of getting cavities. Every time someone eats, an acid reaction occurs inside their mouth as the bacteria digest the sugars. This reaction lasts approximately 20 minutes. During this time, the acid environment can destroy the tooth structure, eventually leading to cavities.
Consistency of a person's saliva also makes a difference; thinner saliva breaks up and washes away food more quickly. When a person eats diets high in carbohydrates and sugars, they tend to have thicker saliva, which in turn produces more of the acid-producing bacteria that causes cavities.