• Brush with a fluoride toothpaste twice a day
• Floss once a day
• Visit your pediatric or general dentist regularly
• Get enough fluoride through drinking water, fluoride products and fluoride supplements, if necessary
• Have sealants applied to the chewing surfaces of permanent back teeth or molars
• Snack moderately- no more than twice a day.
Please call the office at least 24 hours in advance for appointments or cancellations.
Your scheduled appointment is reserved specifically for your child. Any change in this appointment effects all of our patients. If a cancellation is unavoidable,
please call the office at least 24 hours in advance so that we may give that time to another patient. If 2 broken/missed appointments occur, or there are 2 cancellations without 24-hour notice, our office reserves the right to NOT schedule any subsequent appointments. Also, if you arrive 10-15 minutes late for your appointment, you may be asked to reschedule for the next available appointment time.
All restorative (filling, extraction, etc.) procedures are scheduled in the morning hours. Children tend to do better in the morning for these types of procedures. Treatment appointments are much easier when your child, the doctor, and staff are fresh. Recall (cleaning and check-up) appointments are made six months in advance for your convenience.
We strive to see all patients on time for their scheduled appointment. We make every effort to stay on schedule. Keep in mind we run on children's time, not adult time. Therefore, there are times when our schedule is delayed in order to accommodate an injured child or an emergency. We will provide you the same courtesy if your child is in need of emergency treatment. If you have to wait more than 15 minutes, please ask our staff the reason for the delay.
Plan to arrive 10 minutes or more before your scheduled appointment to complete any paperwork.
A parent or legal guardian (with official documentation) must be present in the office during the initial examination and/or any filling appointments.
Fees & Insurance
We are happy to help with handling insurance claims and answering your insurance questions. If you have dental insurance, we will work with you and your insurance company to obtain the benefit. We submit claims for many carriers and, if possible, accept assignment of benefits. Any unpaid insurance balance will be your responsibility as services are rendered.
When scheduling your appointment, please let us know your insurance information. Also, be sure to bring the information with you for your appointment. We recommend that you contact your insurance company ahead of time to make sure you understand your coverage as dental insurance benefits can be confusing. If you are uninsured, payment is expected in full for each appointment as services are rendered. We accept cash, personal checks, MasterCard, or Visa. Should you have further questions concerning fees, payment, or insurance, please do not hesitate to call our office.
Please contact our office at (610) 694-0711 if you have any problems relating to your child's treatment.
Care of the Mouth after Local Anesthetic
Please monitor your child closely for approximately two hours following the procedure. It is often wise to keep your child on a liquid or soft diet until the anesthetic has worn off. Often, children do not understand the effects of local anesthesia, and may chew, scratch, suck, or play with the numb lip, tongue, or cheek. These actions can cause minor irritations or they can be severe enough to cause swelling and abrasions to the tissue. Please be very careful that your child does not bite at his/her cheek or pick at this area. Please do not hesitate to call the office if there are any questions.
Extraction Post-op Instructions
• The gauze needs to stay in place with biting pressure for 20 minutes. This will reduce the amount of bleeding.
Give your child the appropriate dose of children's Tylenol, Motrin or Advil when you take the gauze out (NO aspirin). Your child should only need this for approximately 12 to 24 hours.
• If pain persists beyond 48 hours, please call our office.
• Your child should eat only soft, bland food for the first couple days, nothing sharp, crunchy or too hot or cold because the area may be a sensitive.
• Encourage plenty of liquids (water, soups, juices, etc.). Let your child determine when a regular diet can be reintroduced.
• No spitting or drinking through a straw or "sippy" cup. The force can start the bleeding again.
• A clean mouth heals faster. Gentle brushing around the extraction site can be started immediately along with warm salt water rinses (1/4 teaspoon to a glass of water) to aid with any discomfort.
• Activity may need to be limited. Sometimes a nap is a good idea.
• Swelling after an extraction is not uncommon and should not cause alarm. If this occurs, apply an ice pack for 15 minutes on and 15 minutes off as needed in the 24 hours following tooth removal.
• Your child's cheek, lip and tongue will be numb for approximately 1-2 hours. Please be very careful that your child does not bite at his/her cheek or pick at this area. As this area "wakes up" it may feel funny. A self-inflicted bite injury is the most common post-op complication. Please keep on eye on your child!
• If you have any questions or should any complications arise, please call the office.
Care of Sealants
Your child should refrain from eating ice or hard candy. This tends to fracture the sealant. Normal retention of a sealant is up to four years. By forming a thin covering over the pits and fissures, sealants keep out plaque and food, thus decreasing the risk of decay. Since, the covering is only over the biting surface of the tooth, areas on the side and between teeth cannot be coated with the sealant. Good oral hygiene and nutrition are still very important in preventing decay next to these sealants or in areas unable to be covered.
Oral Discomfort after a Cleaning
A thorough cleaning unavoidably produces some bleeding and swelling and may cause some tenderness or discomfort. This is not due to a "rough cleaning", but to tender and inflamed gums from insufficient oral hygiene. We recommend the following for 2-3 days after cleaning was performed:
• A warm salt water rinse 2 - 3 times per day (1 teaspoon of salt in 1 cup of warm water).
• For discomfort use Children's Tylenol, Advil, or Motrin as directed for the age of the child.
If you're planning on visiting our office and have not yet filled out the necessary paperwork, please download, complete and print and bring these forms to your appointment.
Notice and Consent
Lehigh Valley Pediatric Dentistry wants you and your child’s visit to be both educational and enjoyable. Therefore, we request that you read this Consent and Notice Form carefully. This form is meant to provide information on some of the routine procedures we perform.
Notice of Privacy Practices (HIPPA)
We are required by applicable federal and state law to maintain the privacy of your health information. We are also required to give you this Notice about our privacy practices, our legal duties, and your rights concerning your health information.
Medical History Information
We highly recommend that you print and complete this detailed form out prior to visiting our office.