Common Questions From Parents
Q: What age of children do you accept as patients?
A: We treat ages 1-18 and those with special needs.
Q: Do you offer “laughing gas” or sedation dentistry for my child?
A: We use nitrous oxide sedation for those children that may need some assistance with fear and anxiety. We also complete dental treatment under general anesthesia at Children’s Hospital and the Central Ohio Surgical Institute when needed.
Q: When should I bring my son or daughter for their first visit?
A: The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends taking your child for their first dental visit by age 1, or 6 months after their first tooth erupts. The earlier the dental visit, the better the chance of preventing dental problems. Children with healthy teeth chew food and smile with confidence. Our goal is to make your child’s first experience a positive one and keep little smiles happy.
Q: But aren’t they just baby teeth? Why do they need regular dental care?
A: Primary teeth are important for several reasons. Foremost, good teeth allow a child to eat and maintain good nutrition. Healthy teeth allow for clear pronunciation and speech habits. The self-image that healthy teeth give a child is immeasurable. Primary teeth also guide eruption of the permanent teeth.
We welcome you to the Hines Little Smiles family! Call (614) 475-5439 today to make your appointment. Dr. Hines, Dr. Anderson, Dr. Norman, and Dr. Martinez welcome patients from Columbus, Gahanna, New Albany, Westerville, Blacklick, Reynoldsburg, and the surrounding areas.