Patient Info/FAQs

Thank you for your interest in Smiles in Bloom, East Windsor’s only pediatric-specialized dental office! On this page you’ll find all the information and resources you’ll need as a new patient, as well as answers to any questions about pediatric dentistry you might have.

At Smiles in Bloom, our pediatric services include:

If you don’t find the information you’re looking for on this page, we encourage you to contact us. We will be happy to assist you in finding any of the information you may need regarding pediatric dentistry.

Frequently Asked Questions about Pediatric Dentistry

What is a pediatric dentist?
A pediatric dentist is a dentist who has been specially trained in the unique oral health needs of children. For pediatric dentists to become certified, there are additional requirements that must be completed in addition to the standard four-year dental school curriculum. These requirements are:

  • Two to three more years of rigorous training in a hospital and university setting
  • Specialized study programs focused on infants, children and adolescents, as well as special needs patients
  • Examination and certification by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (ABPD)
  • Continued education and knowledge validation to maintain ABPD certification

Once a dentist has completed and maintained all of the above, they earn the honor of becoming a designated Diplomate of the Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

When should my child receive their first dental exam?
Smiles in Bloom, as well as the ABPD and the American Dental Association, recommends that your child first visit the dentist within 6 months of the eruption of their first tooth or by the age of 1 year.

What can I expect at my child’s first dental visit?
We want every child’s first visit to the dentist to be a positive and enjoyable experience that eliminates any fear or anxiety. It’s our goal to ensure your child can enjoy a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums, so it’s important to ensure that they feel comfortable at the dentist from day one.

At your child’s first visit, we will review their medical and dental history with you before performing a head and neck examination to evaluate your child’s oral health. We will also capture low-radiation radiographs (x-rays) for ages 5 and up, and spend some time helping you understand how best to care for your child’s smile as they get older.

If you’d like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bloom, call us today at 860.255.4211!