Dr. Chris Forte, DDS

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Children's Dental Care

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We know you take your dental health seriously. Making informed decisions about your dental health depends on having all of the facts. Dr. Chris Forte believes that every patient should have all of the information available in order to make an educated decision about treatment.

From comparing your treatment options to questions about your insurance, Dr. Chris Forte’s team has the answers. Below is a list of some of the most common questions we are asked. If your question is not listed here, please feel free to contact us via phone or our online contact form.

Children's Dental Care

We welcome children of all ages to our practice. Usually, we begin seeing kids around the age of three. We will introduce them to the dental office by showing them a mirror and some of our other handheld tools as well as letting them "go for a ride" in the dentist's chair. If your child allows us, we will proceed with a gentle cleaning to help them get accustomed to the dental office.

We have 28 years of experience treating children of all ages. Dr. Chris Forte enjoys building relationships with our youngest patients and working with parents on home care techniques to support a lifetime of good health. We combine education and preventative techniques so that you have the necessary tools to prevent many of the most common childhood dental conditions.

We go at your child’s pace. We'll help them feel comfortable and confident, creating a solid foundation for lifelong dental health. When you start dental care at a young age, it helps to eliminate the fear of the unknown. We will help their dental visits feel as routine as going to the doctor for a check-up. We make your child’s appointments fun and engaging because we know kids have limited attention spans.

At Dr. Chris Forte’s office, we recommend treatment based on need instead of assuming everyone needs the same treatments. In order to determine what treatments might benefit your child, we need to do an evaluation and look at their over all health, diet, tooth anatomy, and the quality of their home care.

Fluoride is beneficial for strengthening enamel against the acidic effects of bacteria. Having regular fluoride treatments in addition to brushing with fluoride toothpaste is one inexpensive and safe way to protect your child’s teeth against unnecessary decay. We understand that parents do not want to pay for unnecessary treatment, but a small investment in prevention can prevent more significant expenses down the line.

Sealants are especially beneficial for children and adults that have deep grooves in their molars. Sealants are a thin plastic coating that covers the deep grooves in your child’s teeth. This prevents food and bacteria from taking hold in those grooves and creating potential cavities.

Anytime you have questions about treatment for your child, we are happy to address your concerns. We want you to feel confident and informed about all treatment in our office. Just like you, we want the best care for you and your little ones. 

Dental decay is the number one disease in children and young adults. The tragedy of it is that decay is largely preventable. Preventing dental decay in your little one will require awareness, dedication, and consistency, but it is possible.

Diet plays a large role. Avoiding sugary snacks and sticky foods can help.

Until about the age of eight, your child will need your help with brushing and flossing their teeth. They simply lack the dexterity, skill, and attention required to do the job on their own. It is important to do this consistently, twice a day (at least) and will be your best and first line of defense against tooth decay.

Preventative appointments and professional cleanings are important, as well. No matter how good you are at brushing and flossing, it is impossible to remove all of the plaque and bacteria that collect on your teeth with brushing alone. We can also help with further instruction if we notice some areas that your brush misses regularly.

We offer other forms of preventative treatments, as well. Fluoride treatments can help to defend enamel against decay. Dental sealants protect the grooves of your child’s teeth from decay causing bacteria. If you have concerns about decay prevention for your child, please give us a call and we can talk about ways to protect your little one.

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