Frequently Asked Questions

You can also visit the AAPD Parent Page for more FAQ’s and great information to help you care for your child’s teeth:  AAPD Parent Page FAQ

What makes a Pediatric Dental Specialist so special?  

A Pediatric Dentist, like a Pediatrician, has years of additional training beyond dental school to treat all of the complex dental and behavioral elements unique to children and adolescents.  They also have additional training in dental emergency situations, treating children with special health care needs, and using the aide of sedation with certain children.  

Pediatric dentists are uniquely trained to help your child understand the dental setting, adjust to becoming a good dental patient, and learn to take excellent care of his or her teeth and mouth for years to come!

 

When should my child start seeing the pediatric dentist?  

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and American Academy of Pediatrics both recommend that a child should visit the dentist by his or her first birthday.  This will get the child and parents used to the dentist, give the pediatric dentist opportunities to advise you on how to care for your child’s mouth, and make sure there are no major issues that need to be addressed!  Establishing a “dental home” at an early age also gives you a place to turn to with questions regarding your child’s oral health or in case of an emergency situation. 

 

What age does my child stop seeing the Pediatric Dental Specialist?  

Well, at what age will your family feel comfortable moving from a Pediatrician to a Family Medicine Physician?  It depends!   This is different for each family, and maybe even each child!  

Our staff will continue caring for your child as long as you feel it is necessary.  For some children, this could be all the way through college!  Others may be ready after braces are done late in adolescences.  Some children may be ready to see a general dentist at age 8 or age 12.  Still, some kids are ready at 3 or 5 years old if their behavior and dental need no longer requires our special expertise.  

Our goal is to work individually with your child and help train them to become excellent future dental patients! 


How can I help take care of my child’s teeth?  

The best way to help care for your child’s teeth is to visit the pediatric dentist starting at an early age.  And come to dental check-ups twice a year!  This allows the dentist to work individually with your child and family, and gives the pediatric dentist a chance to find problems before they get big.  

Other ways to help care for your child include:  helping your child brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, choosing healthy foods and snacks, and avoiding sugary drinks.  Because your child looks up to you, be a good oral health role model!  Taking care of your own teeth will help your child prioritize his or her own mouth.  

Be sure to ask Dr. Iben and Dr. Geneser any specific questions or advice at your next dental check-up.  And explore the other information available on our website for more answers!

 

What is a “dental emergency” and what do I do?

There are two main types of dental emergencies:  dental infections and dental trauma.  

Dental infections often occur from a tooth cavity that is not fixed.  They can cause pain, swelling, and problems chewing.  Please call our office during office hours and be sure to indicate that your child has dental pain.  Every effort will be made to see your child as soon as possible.  

If your child has visible swelling, please call our office immediately.  After-hours emergency contact information is left on office voice mail.  It is important to at least discuss the swelling with dental staff to so the pediatric dentist can decide if your child needs to be seen.  

Dental trauma occur from falls, sports, and other accidents.  You may bump your tooth, chip a tooth, cut your lip or gums, or even knock a tooth completely out!  If you are concerned about a dental accident, the best thing to do is contact our office.  After-hours emergency contact information is left on office voice mail.  If an adult tooth is knocked all the way out, call the pediatric dentist immediately!  And be sure to take care of ALL medical emergencies before you talk to your dentist.  

If you are unsure if you have a dental emergency, or if you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to call us!  We are here to help.  

 

How do I make an appointment?  

Call us at Coralville Office Phone Number 319-338-7520 during office hours to make an appointment.  Some days may have extended hours available, so ask our front desk staff for more information!  

You can also ask about issurance and payment options. 


Parent Resources:

Information from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry:
AAPD My Children’s Teeth – www.mychildrensteeth.org
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
Information from the American Dental Association:
ADA Mouth Healthy – www.mouthhealthy.org

      Babies and Kids

      Pre-teens and Adolescents

      Pregnant Mothers

Information from the American Academy of Pediatrics:
AAP Healthy Children Resource Center – www.healthychildren.org 

      Oral Health

      Teething:  4 to 7 Months

      A Guide to Children’s Oral Health

      Preventing Tooth Decay     

      Dental Health – Keeping your Child’s Teeth Healthy


Additional Resources:

      Colgate Oral and Dental Health Resource Center

            Brushing for Kids: No more Nasties (video)

            Your Child’s Dental Visits (video)

            Good Oral Health at Every Age:  An Interactive Guide to your Child’s Growing Teeth

      National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center 

      Educational Videos from the University of Iowa Dept. of Pediatric Dentistry