When it comes to your children’s dental care, you may have a number of questions. Our team at Dr. David Suttie Dentistry For Children want to ensure all your questions are answered, so we have answered some of the most frequently asked questions about pediatric dentistry in Napa, California. As a parent or caregiver, you have the right to know how and with what your child is being treated. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact us at 707-257-6453 and schedule your appointment with our dentist, Dr. David Suttie.

What happens during my child’s first visit to the dentist?

We value your time, so a child’s first visit will usually be short and sweet. Our main priority at this point is to get to know your child and let them get familiar with our dentist and staff. We will give you basic information and answer any questions or concerns you may have.

How can I best prepare my child for his or her first dental appointment?

The best preparation for a first visit would be a positive attitude. The more at-ease and calm you feel, the more your child will feel calm as well, which can make a huge difference. We want your children to feel comfortable, relaxed, and most importantly, safe. Showing your child our gallery of photos may help him or her to feel at ease, as well as explaining the importance of keeping their teeth and gums clean and healthy. All of these can help segue into talking about what the dentist will do at their first visit.

What is the best way to ensure my baby’s teeth are clean?

Dental healthcare starts even before the first tooth erupts. It’s important to clean your child’s gums after feedings by swabbing them with a damp, warm washcloth. When the first tooth arrives, you can use a toothbrush. The dentist recommends using a toothbrush with a small head and soft bristles, which you can typically find at a drugstore.

My child plays sports. How can I protect his teeth and jaw?

Mouth guards are a great solution for children who are play contact sports such as baseball, football, and soccer. Contact us for more information on getting a custom-fit mouth guard.

This is a great time to review these questions and more, so you can make the right decision for your child. Call or visit our practice if your question is not on the FAQ, and we will do our best to answer it for you.