Gila C. Dorostkar, DDS, PC: Pediatric Dentistry

faqs: faqs: Pediatric Dentist Marin, CA Child Dental Care: Dr Gila C. Dorostkar

faqs

What is a sealant?

What is a sealant?

Made of clear or shaded plastic (no BPA), sealants protect the chewing surfaces of the back teeth.  Even if a child brushes and flosses carefully, it is almost impossible to clean the deep hills and valleys on back teeth.  Food and bacteria build up in these tiny grooves and pits, placing a child in danger of tooth decay.  Sealants seal out food and plaque, thus reducing the risk of decay.

Do you accept dental insurance?

Do you accept dental insurance?

We are contracted only with Delta Dental.  Patients with Delta Dental are requested to make their copayments at each visit.  For patients with dental insurance other than Delta Dental, full payment is required at each visit.  We will provide a statement of services to assist you in obtaining your dental benefits directly from your insurer.

What is nitrous oxide?

What is nitrous oxide?

Nitrous oxide / oxygen is a blend of two gases, oxygen and nitrous oxide.  When inhaled, it is absorbed by the body and has a calming effect.  Normal breathing eliminates nitrous oxide / oxygen from the body.  Nitrous oxide / oxygen is perhaps the safest sedative in dentistry.  It is not addictive.  Your child remains fully conscious and keeps all natural reflexes when breathing nitrous oxide / oxygen.  If the sights, sounds, or sensations of dental treatment worry your child, he or she may respond more positively with the use of "happy air."

Why are filling appointments always scheduled in the morning?

Why are filling appointments always scheduled in the morning?

It has been our experience that children do best for fillings and other treatment visits earlier in the day when they are fresh and rested.

What is a pediatric dentist?

What is a pediatric dentist?

Pediatric dentists are specially trained for children's unique dental health needs.  After completing the traditional four years of dental school, Dr. Dorostkar completed a 2-year residency program at Children's Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio to become a pediatric specialist.

When should I take my child to the dentist for their first visit?

When should I take my child to the dentist for their first visit?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry along with the American Dental Association recommends that children have their first dental visit by age one.  Dr. Dorostkar recommends that your child see her for their first appointment approximately six months after their first tooth comes in.

Why fill baby teeth when they fall out anyway?

Why fill baby teeth when they fall out anyway?

While it is true that baby teeth do eventually come out, it also true that they are important to your child in the meantime.  Children need their baby teeth to speak clearly, eat comfortably, and smile with self-confidence.  Also, baby teeth hold space for the permanent teeth.  If one is lost, the others shift into the empty space.  This often means bite crowding problems in a child's future.  In addition, a decayed baby tooth can become infected and cause severe pain for a child.