3 Things to Consider when Choosing a Pediatric Dentist for Your Child

3 Things to Consider when Choosing a Pediatric Dentist for Your Child

Whether you’re a looking for your first born or finding a new pediatric dentist, there are things to consider to make sure you’re taking care of your kid’s oral health.

It may seem early but this is a pivotal time as your child’s baby teeth are appearing. You can get things off to a great start by visiting a pediatric dentist who can examine the health of your child’s first few teeth.

Here are 3 key things to consider when choosing the right pediatric dentist for your child:

1. Do They Have Special Training?

Like all dentists, pediatric dentists attend four years of dental school in addition to receiving a bachelor’s degree. Unlike other dentists, pediatric dentists undergo an additional two to three years of training.

The specialty training teaches them how to deal with children’s behavior, make kids feel comfortable, and create a pleasant experience. Pediatric dentists also receive training and qualifications for treating patients with special needs.

If you’re not sure on whether to visit a pediatric dentist or family dentist, read Family Dentist vs. Pediatric Dentist.

2. Do They Provide a Fun, Welcoming Environment?

Many people fear going to the dentist…even adults. Our primary responsibility is to ensure that going to a pediatric dentist is not a frightening experience. We designed our offices to be bright, happy places for both the physical and psychological needs of children.

Pediatric dentist offices also tend to revolve around children. They have a play area, they use smaller tools that look more kid-friendly, and they are great at explaining dental procedures and terms to their patients. Because pediatric dentists only treat children, their experience enables them to quickly identify issues unique to children, and help solve those issues, as well.

We use positive language, even when things might be uncomfortable, to help children have a positive experience. We describe things with words like pinch, wiggle, whistle, and raincoat to describe the dental environment.

3. Do They Take a Preventative Approach?

Waiting until your child already has a cavity that causes pain is too late. It’s always better to be proactive instead of reactive, and pediatric dentistry is no exception. Since children are much more susceptible to tooth decay than adults, you want to find a dentist who understands the mouths of children and can recognize problems before they become even more problematic.

At our dental office, we offer several treatments that help prevent tooth decay in children. One example is a dental sealant, which forms a protective shield over the enamel of each tooth.

Baby teeth have tiny grooves that make it almost impossible to keep clean, even if your child brushes regularly. Dental sealants help protect those grooves and prevent tooth decay.


If you are looking for a pediatric dentist for your child, then look no further! You can talk to us about your child’s first appointment.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Every year we set aside one special day to celebrate Mothers. The one who helped raise us and showed us right from wrong.  The one who showed us grace when we maybe didn’t deserve it. She knows the right time to give advice and the right time to lend a listening ear.

Shout out to the Moms!

Each year we strive to recognize and appreciate not only our own Mother, but also the Moms who take their children to our office. We do this by hanging a paper flower pot on the wall in the waiting area and our patients get to write what they love about their Moms on flowers.  It’s so fun for us to read some of the sweet things kids say about their Moms and why they love them so much.

Happy Mothers Day to All Moms

We really want to say thank you for all that you do and how much you sacrifice each day.

Thank you for taking your kids to the dentist and brushing their teeth.

Thank you for making breakfast in the morning and supper at night.

Thank you for the morning hugs and bed time stories.

Thank you for taking them to school and picking them up from sports.

But most of all, thank you for being you.


Moms hold a special place in our hearts and we sincerely hope every Mom out there gets spoiled on this special day!

Happy Mother’s Day from all of us at Port Pediatric Dentistry!

Updated 05/03/19

FDA: Don’t Use Teething Jewelry to Relieve Pain

FDA: Don’t Use Teething Jewelry to Relieve Pain

There has been a new trend of giving infants teething jewelry that is marketed to relieve an infant’s teething pain.

It Can Be Fatal.

“The FDA has received reports of death and serious injuries to infants and children, including strangulation and choking, caused by necklaces and bracelets often marketed for relieving teething pain,” according to a FDA notice.

The FDA warns that parents and other caregivers may use these products to help relieve teething pain or to provide sensory stimulation in people with special needs. Teething jewelry, according to the FDA, is made with various materials, including amber, wood, marble or silicone.

Tragic but Real Stories

However, the risks of using teething jewelry include choking, strangulation, injuries in the mouth and infection, the FDA said in a news release. In addition, choking may occur if the jewelry breaks and small beads or the whole piece of jewelry enter the child’s throat or airway. According to the FDA, it received a report of a 7-month-old child who choked on the beads of a wooden teething bracelet while under parental supervision, and an 18-month-old child who died after getting strangled by his amber teething necklace during a nap.

Recommendations for Parents and Caregivers

  • Do not use necklaces, bracelets, or any other jewelry marketed for relieving teething pain. The use of these products can lead to serious injuries including strangulation or choking.
  • Be aware that the use of jewelry marketed for relieving teething pain or provide sensory stimulation to people with special needs can lead to serious injuries including strangulation or choking.

Please ask us what to do to help reduce the pain for your teething baby.

You can also read more on on teething at mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/t/teething

 Full FDA Warning – The FDA Warns Against Use of Teething Necklaces, Bracelets, and Other Jewelry Marketed for Relieving Teething Pain or Providing Sensory Stimulation.

When Should I Take My Baby to the Dentist?

When Should I Take My Baby to the Dentist?

Your babies health is one of your biggest priorities and starting a lifetime of their good habits begins with you.

Learn when and how to prepare for your Barbie’s first dental visit.

Dental Care is Crucial During the First Year of Life. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Academy of Pediatrics all recommend a dental visit for children by age one.

The Importance of Child Dental Visits Before 1 Years Old

Proper care for baby teeth is imperative as they serve several critical functions, including:

  • Fostering good nutrition by permitting proper chewing
  • Aiding speech development
  • Helping proper development of permanent teeth by saving space for them

Baby teeth are vulnerable to tooth decay from their very first appearance, on average between the ages of six and 12 months.

The associative pain of tooth decay can prevent a child from eating correctly, impacting overall health and development. Additionally, undetected and untreated tooth decay can lead to infection, loss of teeth and expensive and mostly preventable emergency and restorative interventions.

A scientific paper in the journal Pediatric Dentistry  revealed that children who wait to have their first dental visit until age two or three are more likely to require restorative and emergency visits.

Pediatric dentists can detect early tooth decay, provide parents with information on proper oral and facial development, determine fluoride needs and more.

How to Prepare

Start early! To get your child ready for the visit, talk to him or her about what’s going to happen and be positive. Have your child practice opening his or her mouth to get them ready for when the dentist counts and checks their teeth. Reading books or watching videos about first dental visits may help your child be less fearful and more confident.

Learn more about Your Baby’s First Teeth in our short article.

Make a list of questions, as well. If your child is teething, sucking his or her thumb or using a pacifier too much.

Tips for a Great Visit

  • Don’t schedule an appointment during nap time. Instead, pick a time your child is usually well-rested and cooperative.
  • Make sure your child has had a light meal and brushes their teeth before their appointment so they won’t be hungry during their visit.
  • Save snacks for after the visit so they aren’t on your child’s teeth during the exam.

What to Expect During the Visit

The dentist will examine your child to make sure their jaw and teeth are developing in the way they should. During the visit, you will be seated in the dental chair with your child on your lap if your child isn’t able to — or doesn’t want to — sit in the chair alone. The dentist will check for mouth injuries, cavities or other issues. Once that part of the exam is over, the dentist will clean your child’s teeth and give you tips for daily care.

If your child cries a little or wiggles during the exam, don’t worry. It’s normal, and your dental team understands this is a new experience for your child!


How soon will your baby need their first visit?

The Healthy Smile Diet

The Healthy Smile Diet

There is real science to why sugar is bad for your teeth.

Sugar might be the most damaging thing of all. It combines with bacteria inside your mouth to make acid. And that acid is where the real problem lies. It attacks your teeth. And those attacks weaken the tooth enamel. And that can lead to cavities, tooth decay, and sometimes even gum disease.

There are some simple Do’s and Dont’s on Smile Michigan’s quick article about A Smile-Healthy Diet.

See who scores better, you or you kids. Try this list with the rest of your family.

Read about the Smile-Healthy Diet on Smile Michigan.

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