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Financing & Insurance
Our team helps you safeguard your child’s oral health by providing various convenient payment options. To make your visit simple and accessible, we accept:
Trying to figure out your insurance can be overwhelming, but our front desk team is here to help!
We accept many insurance plans, and we’ll assist you with insurance claims and benefits, so please feel free to ask us anything.
Join Our Membership Club
If you don’t have dental insurance, don’t worry. We’ve launched our exclusive membership club so your child can still access superior dental care in Stuart, FL.
Your child’s coverage includes:
When should I bring my child in for his or her first dental visit?
As outlined by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry…Opens a new window to the AAPD website…, we recommend that a child’s first dental visit is scheduled by his or her first birthday.
It is essential to make the first visit positive and enjoyable for your child. That’s why we provide as many patient resources as possible. We want your child to enjoy getting to know Dr. Matos, Dr. Patel, and our staff while feeling at home.
A pleasant, comfortable first visit builds trust and helps put your child at ease during future dental visits.
Why are the primary teeth important?
Maintaining the health of primary teeth (baby teeth) is vital for oral development. Neglected cavities can and frequently do lead to problems. Primary teeth are essential for:
- Proper chewing and eating
- Providing space for the permanent teeth and guiding them into the correct position
- Permitting healthy development of the jaw bones and muscles
Primary teeth also affect the development of speech and add to an attractive appearance. While the front four teeth last until 6-7 years of age, the back teeth (cuspids and molars) aren’t replaced until age 10-13.
What’s the best toothpaste for my child?
Many toothpaste kinds can damage young smiles because they contain harsh abrasives that wear away immature tooth enamel. When looking for a toothpaste for your child, pick one recommended by the American Dental Association…Opens a new window to the ADA website… (as shown on the box and tube).
How do I prevent cavities?
Good oral hygiene removes bacteria and left-over food particles that create cavities.
For infants, use a wet gauze or clean washcloth to wipe the plaque from teeth and gums. Avoid putting your child to bed with a bottle filled with anything other than water.
Older children should brush their teeth at least twice a day. Also, be aware of the number of snacks containing sugar that you give your child.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends visits every six months to a pediatric dentist, beginning at your child’s first birthday. Routine visits will start your child on a lifetime of good dental health.
Dr. Matos or Dr. Patel may also recommend protective sealants or home fluoride treatments for your child. Sealants can be applied to your child’s molars to prevent decay on hard to clean surfaces.
What do I do during a dental emergency?
- Clean the area of the affected tooth
- Rinse the mouth with warm water or use dental floss to remove any food debris
- Don’t place aspirin or heat on the gum or aching tooth
- If the pain still persists, contact us
- If the face is swollen, apply cold compresses and contact us immediately
Cut or bitten tongue, lip or cheek:
- Apply ice to injured areas to help control swelling
- If there’s bleeding, apply firm but gentle pressure with a gauze or cloth
- If bleeding can’t be controlled, call a doctor or visit the hospital emergency room
Knocked out permanent tooth:
- If possible, find the tooth
- Handle it by the crown, not by the root
- Rinse the tooth with water ONLY
- If the tooth is sound, try to reinsert it in the socket
- Have the patient hold the tooth in place by biting on gauze
- If you can’t reinsert the tooth, transport it in a cup containing the patient’s saliva or milk
- Contact us IMMEDIATELY!
Knocked out baby tooth:
- This usually isn’t an emergency
- In most cases, no treatment is necessary
- Contact Dr. Matos and Dr. Patel during business hours
Chipped or fractured permanent tooth:
- Rinse the mouth with water
- Apply cold compresses to reduce swelling
- If possible, locate and save any broken tooth fragments, bring them with you
- Contact our pediatric dentists immediately
Chipped or fractured baby tooth:
A severe blow to the head:
- Take your child to the nearest hospital emergency room immediately
Possible broken or fractured jaw:
- Keep the jaw from moving and take your child to the nearest hospital emergency room