Frequently Asked Questions

When should I bring my child to the dentist?


This is one of the more common questions we get as a pediatric dentist! The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a child to see a dentist by the age of one or within 6 months of their first tooth coming in! These visits help to involve the parent in typical routines to care for the child’s teeth, as well as giving guidance to help aid in breaking habits, diet recommendations, etc. We will monitor your child’s growth and development every 6 months to give any fore sight for milestones to come.




Why do you treat baby teeth?


Although baby teeth are “temporary”, they all serve a valuable purpose. Many of your child’s teeth, they will keep until they are 10-12 years old. Caries (or cavities) are a progressive disease – therefore, mild problem spots can develop into a toothache or infection if not addressed. Also, baby teeth act as a natural space maintainer. Without them, your child’s teeth will likely shift and lead to more orthodontic concerns.




What can we expect from our dental appointment?


One of our friendly team members will greet you and bring you and your child into our clinic. Your child’s teeth will be cleaned, and x-rays may be taken if needed. Dr. G will work with you to address questions or concerns regarding your child’s dental development. He will give you insight on what to expect with your child’s development and tips to aid in caring for their teeth. We want you and your child to have a positive, well-informed experience!




How can we prepare for our visit?


Reading or watching kid’s videos about the dentist can help prepare your child to things they may find intimidating in the office. Refrain from using harsh words such as shot, hurt, etc. We have our own kid-friendly lingo that you will hear us using throughout the office to explain things to your child. Remember, your child can read your body-language. Try to be as relaxed and positive as possible!




What do I do if my child has a dental emergency?


First, stay calm. Children feed off their parent’s energy. If you can stay calm, they likely will too. Dr. G does take after-hour calls, therefore, do not hesitate to call our office. Our voicemail has further information on how he may be reached!





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Email: hi@summitsmiles.com
Tel: (205) 490-6850
4213 Dolly Ridge Road

Vestavia Hills, AL 35243

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Fri - Sunday: Closed

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