Sierk Children's Dentistry

Insurance

We are in-network with Delta Premier and Medicaid. We work with all major providers, as well. If you have any questions about your coverage or benefits, one of our friendly team members can assist you. 

Frequently Asked Questions

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) suggests that parents should make an initial “well-baby” appointment with a pediatric dentist approximately six months after the emergence of the first tooth, or no later than the child’s first birthday.

Although this may seem surprisingly early, the incidence of infant and toddler tooth decay has been rising in recent years.  Tooth decay and early cavities can be exceptionally painful if they are not attended to immediately, and can also set the scene for poor oral health in later childhood.

The pediatric dentist is a specialist in child psychology and child behavior, and should be viewed as an important source of information, help, and guidance.  Oftentimes, the pediatric dentist can provide strategies for eliminating unwanted oral habits (for example, pacifier use and thumb sucking) and can also help parents in establishing a sound daily oral routine for the child.

What potential dental problems can babies experience?

A baby is at risk for tooth decay as soon as the first tooth emerges.  During the first visit, the pediatric dentist will help parents implement a preventative strategy to protect the teeth from harm, and also demonstrate how infant teeth should be brushed and flossed.

In particular, infants and toddlers who drink breast milk, juice, baby formula, soda, or sweetened water from a baby bottle or sippy cup are at high-risk for early childhood caries (cavities).  To counteract this threat, the pediatric dentist discourages parents from filling cups with sugary fluids, dipping pacifiers in honey, and transmitting oral bacteria to the child via shared spoons and/or cleaning pacifiers in their own mouths.

What happens during the first visit?

Pediatric dentists have fun-filled, stimulating dental offices.  All dental personnel are fully trained to communicate with infants and young children.

During the initial visit, the pediatric dentist will advise parents to implement a good oral care routine, ask questions about the child’s oral habits, and examine the child’s emerging teeth.  The pediatric dentist and parent sit knee-to-knee for this examination to enable the child to view the parent at all times.  If the infant’s teeth appear stained, the dentist may clean them.  Oftentimes, a topical fluoride treatment will be applied to the teeth after this cleaning.

What questions may the pediatric dentist ask during the first visit?

The pediatric dentist will ask questions about current oral care, diet, the general health of the child, the child’s oral habits, and the child’s current fluoride intake.

Once answers to these questions have been established, the pediatric dentist can advise parents on the following issues:

  • Accident prevention.
  • Choosing an ADA approved, non-fluoridated brand of toothpaste for the infant.
  • Choosing an appropriate toothbrush.
  • Correct positioning of the head during tooth brushing.
  • Easing the transition from sippy cup to adult-sized drinking glasses.
  • Establishing a drink-free bedtime routine.
  • Maintaining good dietary habits.
  • Minimizing the risk of tooth decay.
  • Reducing sugar and carbohydrate intake.
  • Teething and developmental milestones.

If you have further questions or concerns about the timing or nature of your child’s first oral checkup, please ask your pediatric dentist.

We Make Children’s Dental Care Easy and Budget-Friendly 

Sierk Children's Dentistry accepts most major dental plans, including Delta Premier. We also have financing options available to ensure that the care that your child needs is attainable. We believe in providing affordable dental care for children of all ages and abilities. 

Affordable Payment Plans and Low-Interest Rates

We also accept LendingClub and CareCredit. LendingClub and CareCredit have affordable payment plans and low-interest rates, making dental care more affordable for your little ones. 

LendingClub is a way for families to finance the necessary dental care their children need to keep their smiles healthy. LendingClub also offers personal loans for those who need them. 

CareCredit is a credit card with low-interest rates that allows you to pay your deductible or pay for procedures not covered by your insurance. 

If you have any questions about insurance, LendingClub, or CareCredit, please call our dental office today. One of our friendly staff members can answer your questions and address your concerns. You can also learn more about LendingClub and CareCredit by visiting their websites. 

We look forward to seeing you at Sierk Children’s Dentistry at our Highlands Ranch or Castle Pines location! 

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