Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Pediatric Dentist?
They are the Pediatricians of dentistry. They provide both primary and comprehensive preventative and therapeutic oral health care for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health care needs. After completing a four year dental school curriculum, 2-3 years of additional rigorous training are required for a pediatric dentist. This specialized program of study plus hands on experience prepares pediatric dentists to meet the needs of their patients.
Is Dr. Mertes Board Certified and what does it mean?
Yes, Dr. Mertes is A Board Certified Pediatric Dentist.
A Board Certified Pediatric Dentist has been certified by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry after successfully completing accredited training and a voluntary examination process designed to continually validate the knowledge, skills, and experience requisites to the delivery of high quality oral health care for infants, children, adolescents, and patients with special health care needs.
When should my child start going to the dentist?
We recommend that a child first visit a Pediatric Dentist six month after the eruption of his or her first tooth (which is usually around 12 months). However, we generally see patients for the first time (on average) at 18-24 months of age.
Why are Primary Teeth important?
Primary teeth are important for many reasons. 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 safe are dental X-rays?
There is very little risk in dental x-rays. We are especially careful to limit the amount of radiation to which our patients are exposed. Lead aprons with thyroid collars and digital x-rays are used to ensure safety and minimize the amount of radiation. With these contemporary safeguards, as well as the following prescribing guidelines, the amount of radiation is extremely small. In fact, dental x-rays present a far smaller risk than undetected and untreated dental problems!
When is the best time to start Orthodontic Treatment?
The best time to start Orthodontic Treatment depends on the severity and cause of the misalignment of your child’s teeth. Sometimes treatment begins when your child has a mixture of baby and permanent teeth and other times it begins after all the baby teeth have fallen out.