This presentation is quite common with erupting teeth. Don’t be alarmed! We recommend for the patient to wiggle the baby teeth as soon as they get loose, so the adult teeth have a place to push into, but it still may be a while before the baby teeth fall out. If the adult teeth are more than halfway erupted and the baby teeth have not fallen out, then we may consider helping the patient “wiggle” them out.
Dr. Angie feels comfortable seeing all children and is very familiar with caring for children with special needs, including those with ASD. In addition to her pediatric dental residency, she has a LEND (leadership in neurodevelopment disorders) certificate from the Children’s National Medical Center. Dr. Angie has also partnered with the Marcus Autism Center for Give Kids a Smile Day in the past. We were able to make lots of new friends and help families with autistic children with their oral health!
Grinding is a habit that is not uncommon in young children. Usually, it does no harm to the teeth and does not impair any function. Several theories say a child’s jaw joints are still flexible, and they don’t have a stable bite or occlusion developed yet. For most kids, once their adult molars erupt around age 6, the prevalence of grinding decreases, as their bites stabilizes. At this point, it is not something we would recommend a special appointment for, unless the patient is complaining of sensitivity when eating or drinking.
We do not verify your insurance benefits beforehand, but as a courtesy we will file with PPO insurances on your behalf. We encourage all our patients to call their insurance company directly and ask them what benefits they will receive by seeing us. You may provide them with our name and address, and they can let you know what benefits you would receive when coming for us for services. If there is a portion your insurance doesn't cover, we will invoice you if there is any balance. Keep in mind some dental insurances may cover preventive care (exam, cleanings, and x-rays) at 100% regardless of whether you are in or out of network, so it is worthwhile to examine your benefits closely.
Our office follows the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry guidelines on determining the necessity of radiographs (x-rays) for your child. Depending on a host of factors, including your child's age, medical history, cavity risk, teeth orientation Dr. Angie will determine the best way to diagnose your child and ensure your child's oral health. The only way to diagnose certain oral pathologies and cavities is with radiographs.