How early should my child see a dentist?

We encourage a first dental visit by age 2. This is the age the most baby teeth are in and the first visit is more of a fun, getting-to-know-you visit so your child will feel comfortable with us in the future. We will look at the teeth, brush them, and let them choose a prize!

Do you only see patients with cleft palates?

No! While we do see children and adults with cleft palates and other craniofacial differences, the majority of our patients do not have cleft lip and palate. Our dental practice is open to all adults and children in the community and we encourage you to see us for general dentistry.

Since we have the various dental specialists needed to treat children with clefts in-house, we can also offer their services to our dental patients. We have full time orthodontic (braces) and prosthodontic (implants/dentures) services, in addition to general dentistry.

Is fluoride harmful?

No. In fact, fluoride is the single most effective public health measure that communities have taken in the last few decades. Fluoride supplementation dramatically decreases the amount of cavities that develop in children, and we recommend supplemental fluoride and fluoride applied directly to teeth depending the age of your children and the amount of fluoride in the water you drink.

Of course, the application of fluoride is only done with your consent, but it is our recommendation to use fluoride for cavity prevention.

Read the ADA’s statement on fluoride.

Are silver fillings dangerous?

Silver fillings, or amalgams, are composed of several different metals, including copper, silver, tin and mercury. When compounded into dental amalgam, mercury is in a stable form and does not leach out of the material. Dental amalgam has been used for over 100 years and has proven to be a long lasting and safe dental material. Extensive scientific research has been done regarding the safety of amalgam, all of which has shown that it is not harmful and does not cause disease.

Read the ADA’s statement on amalgam.

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