Frequently Asked Questions

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What is a pediatric dentist?

A pediatric dentist has taken over two years of additional schooling to specialize in children’s dentistry. They are dedicated to children as infants to the teenage years. If you would like to request an appointment, please call 281-597-0404. We would love to talk to you about your children’s dental needs.

How often should I bring my child to the dentist?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry™ recommends visiting a dentist twice a year for good dental health. If your child is having pain or discomfort, we recommend getting you to see the dentist as soon as possible. If you would like to request an appointment, please call 281-597-0404. We would love to talk to you about your children’s dental needs.

When should it be the first visit to the dentist for my child?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends for children to start seeing a dentist as soon as they turn 6 months old and no later than a year old.

What types of toothpaste should I use for my child?

There are different toothpastes that focus on different things. Everything from sensitivity to whitening. Your child is unique and might require different toothpaste than other children. If you would like to request an appointment, please call 281-597-0404. We would love to talk to you about your children’s dental needs.

What types of toothbrush should I use for my child?

Most dental professionals agree that the use of brushes with soft bristles is the way to go. Soft bristles are great for removing plaque and debris from your child’s teeth and gums. If you would like to request an appointment, please call 281-597-0404. We would love to talk to you about your children’s dental needs.

What do I do if my child has an overbite?

If your child has an overbite due to thumb sucking, pacifier, or even baby bottles, we recommend a dental checkup to explore what is going on to begin correcting the problem. If you would like to request an appointment, please call 281-597-0404. We would love to talk to you about your children’s dental needs.

Can you do the treatment the same day of the first visit?

We might be able to do a treatment the same day as the initial exam, but that will depend on what kind of treatment is required. Dr. Febres will examine the child and determine if any treatment can be done the same day.

Do you work on Saturdays?

If your child has an accident or a tooth ache, our office takes emergency calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Dr. Febres will open the office on weekends for dental emergencies. If you have an emergency, please call 281-597-0404. We would love to talk to you about your child’s immediate dental needs.

Do you offer payment plans?

We are able to assist you in applying for Care Credit. This is a credit card used for dental services. They offer great interest free options.

Do you take my insurance?

We take many different types of insurance. Our staff will work closely with you and your insurance company. If you would like to request an appointment, please call 281-597-0404. We would love to talk to you about your children’s dental needs.

Does my child really need oral sedation?

If your child has to undergo any significant dental procedure, we recommend oral sedation for comfort during the procedure. Dr. Febres will explain all details with every oral sedation method we use.

Why does my child need a fluoride treatment?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends fluoride application twice a year, every six months.

When am I supposed to start brushing my baby’s teeth?

We need to start cleaning the baby’s mouth as soon as they are born. Even though they don’t have teeth, they still have a tongue and gums. The tongue and gums need to be cleaned with a wet cloth or a plastic baby toothbrush. A white coat can form on a baby’s mouth due to milk ingestion and this must be removed.

Until what age do I need to help my child brush their teeth?

Every child has their own time to develop the required motor skill to brush their teeth by themselves. We normally recommend to let them brush under adult supervision until they know how to tie their own shoelaces.

If my baby only has 2 teeth, why should I bring her/him to the dentist?

Early prevention is the key to oral health. Bring your child to a pediatric dentist as soon as possible.

Can I wait until the baby teeth fall off on their own?

Baby teeth can stay in the child’s mouth for a long time. The anterior teeth are lost earlier when the child is getting close to their 6th birthday, but they lose the posteriors or molars when they are around 11-12 years old.

Some people are under the impression that they fall anyways so why should we fix them? There are several reasons why we would like to preserve these teeth.

1) They save the space for the permanent teeth. If they are loose prematurely, then the permanent teeth will come out crooked.

2) They help the child chew their food properly.

3) They need to be healthy to lead the way to healthy permanent teeth. Since it is an infectious disease, if baby teeth are decayed, the permanent teeth will decay too.

Why should my child receive treatment for baby teeth if they will fall?

If you wait until all of their teeth fall out, there is a possibility that your child could develop an infection which can cause damage to their permanent teeth.

Are X-rays necessary?

Yes, for a proper examination X-rays are needed because there are areas that the naked eye is unable to see. The X-rays enables our doctors to view all the areas where cavities may be present.

How much radiation is delivered during an X-Ray?

A dose of radiation from dental X-ray equipment is very low.

How long do you normally treat patients in your office?

We generally treat patients from birth until they reach eighteen years old. If you would like to request an appointment, please call 281-597-0404. We would love to talk to you about your children’s dental needs.

What do I bring with my autistic child on their first visit?

Prior to your first visit, please gather and make a list of your child’s current medications. Please let us know if your child needs any pre-medications before their dental appointment. If you would like to request an appointment, please call 281-597-0404. We would love to talk to you about your children’s dental needs.

What do I bring with my special needs child on their first visit?

Prior to your first visit, please gather and make a list of your child’s current medications. Please let us know if your child needs any pre-medications before their dental appointment. If you would like to request an appointment, please call 281-597-0404. We would love to talk to you about your children’s dental needs.

How long do you normally treat patients with special needs in your office?

We generally treat patients, no matter the condition, from birth until they reach eighteen years old. If you would like to request an appointment, please call 281-597-0404. We would love to talk to you about your children’s dental needs.

What do I bring with my child during an emergency?

Bring anything that your child will need during and after the treatment. If a tooth is lost or knocked out, bring the tooth if possible. Prior to your first visit, please gather and make a list of your child’s current medications. Please let us know if your child needs any pre-medications before their emergency treatment. If you would like to request an appointment, or have an emergency please call 281-597-0404. Our doctors and staff can be reached 24-7 days a week. We would love to talk to you about your children’s dental needs.

What should I do if I can’t get in touch with your office immediately?

Call or go to your nearest emergency room. Keep your child calm and seek medical help immediately. Don’t risk putting your child in any further danger. Then follow up with our office at your earliest convenience.

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