Fantasea Pediatric Dentistry's Frequently Asked Questions
Below are common questions and our answers about the best way to care for children's teeth.
When should I schedule my child's first visit to the dentist?
We recommend that you make an appointment to see the dentist as soon as your child gets his first tooth. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children be seen by six months after their first tooth erupts, or at one year of age, whichever comes first.
How is a pediatric dentist different from other dentists?
All dental specialists (pediatric dentists, orthodontists, oral surgeons, and others) begin by completing dental school, then continue their education with several years of additional specialized training. During training in the field of pediatric dentistry, your doctor gained extensive knowledge and experience in treating infants, children, and adolescents. Pediatric dentists enjoy working with children, and bring to each patient our expertise in childhood development and behavior. Because our office is geared toward young visitors, you'll find that our staff, as well as our office design, decorations, and activities all work together to provide an especially friendly and comfortable environment for children.
What happens during my child's first visit to the dentist?
The first visit is usually short and simple. In most cases, we focus on getting to know your child and giving you some basic information about dental care. The doctor will check your child's teeth for placement and health, and will look for any potential problems with the gums and jaw. If necessary, we may do a bit of cleaning. We will also answer any questions you have about how to care for your child's teeth as they develop, and provide you with materials containing helpful tips that you can refer to at home.
How can I prepare my child for his first dental appointment?
The best preparation for your child's first visit to our office is maintaining a positive attitude. Children pick up on adults' apprehensions, and if you make negative comments about trips to the dentist you can be sure that your child will fear an unpleasant experience and act accordingly. Show your child the pictures of the office and staff on the website. Let your child know that it's important to keep his teeth and gums healthy, and that the doctor will help him do that. Remember that your dentist is specially trained to handle fears and anxiety, and our staff excels at putting children at ease during treatment.
How often should my child visit the dentist?
We generally recommend scheduling checkups every six months. Depending on the circumstances of your child's oral health, we may recommend more frequent visits.
Baby teeth aren't permanent. Why do they need special care?
Although they don't last as long as permanent teeth, your child's first teeth play an important role in his development. While they're in place, these primary teeth help your little one speak, smile, and chew properly. They also hold space in the jaw for permanent teeth. If a child loses a tooth too early (due to damage or decay) nearby teeth may encroach on that space, which can result in crooked or misplaced permanent teeth. Also, your child's general health is affected by the oral health of the teeth and gums.
What's the best way to clean my baby's teeth?
Even before your baby's first tooth appears, we recommend you clean his gums after feedings with a damp, soft washcloth. As soon as his first tooth appears, you can start using a toothbrush. Choose a toothbrush with soft bristles and a small head. You most likely can find a toothbrush designed for infants at your local drugstore.
At what age is it appropriate to use toothpaste to clean my child's teeth?
Once your child has a few teeth, you can start using toothpaste on the brush. Use only a tiny amount for each cleaning, and be sure to choose toothpaste without fluoride for children under two, because too much fluoride can be dangerous for very young children. Always have your child rinse and spit out toothpaste after brushing, to begin a lifelong habit he'll need when he graduates to fluoride toothpaste. Children naturally want to swallow toothpaste after brushing, and swallowing too much fluoride toothpaste can cause teeth to stain. You should brush your child's teeth for him until he is ready to take on that responsibility himself, which usually happens by age six or seven.
What causes cavities?
Certain types of bacteria live in our mouths. When these bacteria come into contact with sugary foods left behind on our teeth after eating, acids are produced. These acids attack the enamel on the exterior of the teeth, eventually eating through the enamel and creating holes in the teeth, which we call cavities.
How can I help my child avoid cavities?
Be sure that your child brushes his teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Flossing daily is also important, because flossing can reach spots between the teeth that brushing can't. Check with your pediatric dentist about a fluoride supplement which helps tooth enamel become harder and more resistant to decay. Avoid sugary foods and drinks, limit snacking, and maintain a healthy diet. And finally, make regular appointments so that we can check the health of your child's teeth and provide professional cleanings.
Does my child need dental sealants?
Sealants cover the pits and fissures in teeth that are difficult to brush and therefore susceptible to decay. We recommend sealants as a safe, simple way to help your child avoid cavities, especially for molars, which are hardest to reach.
My child plays sports. How can I protect his teeth?
Even children's sports involve contact, and we recommend mouth guards for children active in sports. If your little one plays baseball, soccer, or other sports, ask us about having a custom-fitted mouth guard made to protect his teeth, lips, cheeks, and gums.
What should I do if my child sucks his thumb?
The large majority of children suck their thumbs or fingers as infants, and most grow out of it by the age of four, without causing any permanent damage to their teeth. If your child continues sucking after permanent teeth erupt, or if he sucks aggressively, let us know and we can check to see if any problems may arise from the habit.
When should my child have dental X-rays taken?
We recommend taking X-rays around the age of two or three. The first set consists of simple pictures of the front upper and lower teeth, which familiarizes your child with the process. Once the baby teeth in back are touching one another, then regular (at least yearly) X-rays are recommended. Permanent teeth start coming in around age six, and X-rays help us make sure your child's teeth and jaw are healthy and properly aligned. If your child is at a high risk of dental problems, we may suggest having X-rays taken at an earlier age.
They took the time to explain the xrays that I provided from another dentist. I was given options as to what avenue we could take and her honest opinion. The staff from the front desk to the back was very nice, personable and professional. While the procedure will cost a little more compared to my previous dentist office I’m still making the switch because the customer service was amazing and there office environment was friendly and welcoming
My kids love going to the dentist! Dr. Lastres and her staff are amazing!
Miss Alitia was extremely calm, friendly, accepting and welcoming. She helped my son pick out a new brush, new toothpaste and asked him to brush his teeth for her. He got to brush the teeth of other animals, see Mom her her teeth brushed too, sit in the X-ray chair, pick out prizes....it was a happy experience for all of us. Dr Lastres was very calm, understanding and gentle. My son didn’t want to have his teeth cleaned so she helped him count all his teeth and reviewed his xrays. I HIGHLY recommend this office for anyone with a first-time visit, anyone with a special needs child AND for anyone with any kid of any age. We are excited to return!
Fantasia Pediatric Dentistry is the best. Dr Lastres is so caring she puts my son at ease. He has been there 3 times now to prepare him for his first cleaning and he has enjoyed every visit. She even took the time to follow up with me on a weekend when my son was sick with a virus. A little extra that goes a long way.
What a wonderful office! Everyone is very kind and professional, and they made my very shy little one feel right at home.
Dr. Lastres and her staff, along with the entire facility at Fantasea Pediatric Dentistry have been AMAZING with my additional needs 6 year old. My little one is not only ADHD, but on the Autism Spectrum. These lovely folks are so we'll prepared and attentive to her sensory, behavioral and developmental issues, that I was in complete awe and how well they were able to get her to cooperate and keep her from going into meltdown mode. I highly recommend them!
Friendly, prompt, and professional!
Positive experience for my daughter and I both, from start to finish! Exactly the atmosphere I was hoping for when I decide to change dentist! My daughter asked if she can come every month for a cleaning!
Love this place. My daughter felt comfortable and enjoyed her first visit! Very kid friendly! And all the nurses and doctor were amazing! Wonderful bed side manners. They were very prompt and informative. We would definitely come back.
My girls love coming to the dentist! Dr Lastres and her staff are fun and upbeat. They are not afraid to take time and explain dental issues or concerns and definitely go above and beyond to make everyone comfortable. The moment you open the doors at Fantasea Dentistry you feel a sense of calm and see the excitement on my girls faces as they wait to be called. Dr Lastres by far is the best Pediatric dentist and my girls can’t wait to visit them every 6 months. Never a fight or a struggle when you tell them they have a dentist appointment. Thank you so much Dr Lastres and your staff for always making it a fun and enjoyable experience every time.
We had the best experience at Fantasea Pediatric. The staff and Dr. Lastres were so sweet and patient with my son. Everyone is welcoming and make the whole process as stress free as possible. We’re very happy we found them and excited to come back.
Very professional and great experience. Although the reason for our visit was due to a fall that resulted in a traumatic tooth/gum injury to my 3 year old son, we were provided the confidence to make an educated decision. The injury was so significant that we had (2) other dentists review my sons injury but it was clear that the subject matter expert was Dr. Lastres.
The best staff! I love coming to the dentist thanks to them!
Our twin 1 year olds had a great "first check-up" with Dr. Lastres. She made them feel very comfortable and allowed my husband and I to be apart of the experience. We were given useful information about what to do until their next check-up. We are very happy we chose this office for our girls.
Leo's first dentist appointment went so well! The staff was so friendly and attentive... They made it such a great experience for him. Would highly recommend!
Lovely staff! My children love going to the dentist now.
Very quick. Very friendly. Highly recommend!
Very kind, funny, and patient with my silly 7 year old as she had her cavity filled
This office consistently provides outstanding, honest And professional service in pediatric dentistry. My children love the staff and dentists.
My daughter first saw Dr. Singer for years and sold his practice and it’s now Fantasea. You would never know there was a change. Everything stayed the same, the staff and the care. Only thing different is the Dr. who is amazing!
We love the staff! They are excellent at keeping the kids happy and entertained the entire appointment. Would definitely recommend them!
I had been going to Dr. Singer for many many years and have never had a bad experience. With the amazing addition of Dr. Lastres I can’t think of a better pediatric dentist in town!
Best pediatric dental practice by far. Their staff is very friendly and professional. They take the time with each kid to explain on what what they’re doing. My son used to be scared of going to the dentist and now because of them he loves going to there.
Our family was very disappointed when we heard that Dr.Singer was going to retire. We are extremely picky when it comes to health care and our providers . Dr. Singer was the very best in our opinion and i think it will be very hard to replace him; however we met our new Dr today and we were plesently surprised ; she is warm , kind and it is clear that she knows what she is doing. Our eight year old daughter felt very comfortable with her. Many of Dr. Singers assistants are still there and i think that says a lot in itself . They are awesome with kids and we just love them as much !!!! I️we trust that Dr. Singer wouldn’t leave his practice to just anyone. He cared way to much about each and every patient to let anyone take over for him. This doctor has to very very special and on our first meeting we saw that as well
My kids love going to the dentist! The staff is superb and make you feel like you are their only patient. I definitely recommend this dentist!
The staff and dentist here is top notch! They are so professional and they are Awesome with the kids. My daughter has been a patient here for years and we have no complaints.
Amazing Staff! So patient and fun with our kids. They love going to the dentist!!!!
I really like Dr. Singer as my dentist. I am so sad to see him leave to retire.
I took my 2 year old son in for his first dentist visit. The office was very cute and entertaining for kids. The staff was SO friendly and Dr. Lastres was the BEST! I never thought my son would actually agree to sit down on the chair and get his teeth checked, but he did! We loved it and we will definitely be going back!
Dr. Singer is a fantastic dentist. He is gentle with the kids and his office is beautiful. I love all of the members of his staff; they are so nice to the kids. If he took care of adults, I would be a patient. :)
Outstanding care, amazing child friendly decor, fish tanks, gorgeous dental chairs, top notch!
If you are looking for a pediatric dentist in Naples Dr. Singer should be your first choice. The doctor is very knowledgeable, accommodating, generous with his time and most importantly truly great with kids. It was my son's first time experience with taking care of a cavity. (Unfortunately good dental care at home did not prevent it from happening.) He was somewhat nervous, but Dr. Singer and his staff made this experience absolutely painless and even somewhat fun. I wish dentists in my childhood were as personable and caring as Dr. Singer! If you ask my son what he liked the most about Dr. Singer's office he will say: "The prizes, of course!" At the end of the visit he was offered to select toys for himself and his little sister. I do not think I will have a problem bringing my son back for cleaning in 6 months.;)
We have been using Dr. Singer for about 7 years now and we love him and the staff is great!
This is the BEST and ONLY place i will take my boys. OUTSTANDING!
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- American Dental Association (ADA)
- American Academy Of Pediatric Dentistry
- American Board Of Pediatric Dentistry
- Florida Dental Association
- Florida Academy Of Pediatric Dentistry
- Southeastern Society Of Pediatric Dentistry