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DR. JOHN PITTS GENERAL & IMPLANT DENTISTRY

When should a child come in for their first appointment?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that a child see their dentist once the first tooth erupts but no later than their 1st birthday. This visit may just include a visual examination to check for decay or pathology, allowing the child to grow comfortable with being at the dentist’s office, and to provide the


Do you have any advice for treating a child who is suffering from teething pain? (besides Tylenol)

As a dentist, teething rates near the top of my list for one of the most difficult and frustrating conditions to treat. Unfortunately there are no wonder drugs or quick remedies to make your child completely comfortable during this time. Getting new teeth hurts. Period. Also, this occurs at a time when it is not


In your opinion, what are the biggest “cavity-causing foods”?

As far as teeth are concerned, the enemy is sugar. The bacteria in your mouth use the sugar from your diet to create acids that damage your teeth. Also, the longer the sugar sticks around on your teeth, the more damage can be done. So the simple answer is avoid foods that are sticky and


Are Dental X-Rays safe?

That is a good question. The truth is that advancements in dental x-rays have made them very safe and expose people to very little radiation. The use of digital x-rays, like we use at our office, has been shown to cut exposure to x-rays by as much as 90%. More importantly, they are absolutely necessary


Why should I keep my 6 month appointments?

People should see their dentist for routine checkup and cleaning at least every 6 months. Some patients such as those with existing periodontal disease should be seen more often (usually every 3-4 months) to maintain their condition. So why are we doing this? Dental cleanings aren’t cheap and we can all think of things we’d