Pediatric Dental Services

Patient Info

Pediatric Dental Associates provides pediatric dental services in Annandale, NJ. Call 908-735-6300 to learn more and schedule your appointment.

At Pediatric Dental Associates of Clinton we believe that every child is a unique individual who deserves a positive dental experience. Dr. Mary Jo McGuire and her team deliver the highest quality of specialized dental care in a fun environment focused on each child’s growing and changing needs. In partnering with other health care providers, parents, and children, we foster a relationship of trust and health that will continue into adulthood.

A part of our practice involves treating patients with special needs. This includes people who are extremely anxious and phobic, those who have numerous medical background concerns and individuals with mental and physical challenges. We treat children and teens who have behavior management concerns such as ADD, ADHD, OCD.

Frequently Asked Questions About Pediatric Dentistry

What is pediatric dentistry?

Pediatric dentistry is a dental specialty that focuses on the unique needs of children. Pediatric dentists treat infants, teenagers, and everyone in between!

Should my child see a pediatric dentist?

Although we may be biased, we believe that a pediatric dentist is the best choice for your child’s dental health. After graduating from dental school, pediatric dentists receive two to three years of additional training and education on preventive and restorative dental care for children. Our offices are tailored to kids, helping them feel more at ease during their visits with us.

What age should a child go to the dentist?

The American Dental Association and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend that children begin seeing the dentist around the age of 12 months or within six months of the eruption of their first tooth, whichever comes first.

How often should a child go to the dentist?

Children should go to the dentist every six months for comprehensive oral examinations and dental cleanings. Regular visits help us keep your child’s teeth healthy and free of decay.

Do toddlers need to brush their teeth?

Yes, brushing should begin as soon as your child’s first teeth begin to emerge. There is no minimum age for tooth decay and even toddlers can get cavities. Use a silicone or soft-bristled toothbrush to brush the teeth twice a day with a small dab of fluoride toothpaste (about the size of a grain of rice).

Can kids use dental floss?

Yes, kids can use dental floss—and it’s important that they do! For toddlers and preschoolers, you’ll need to floss for them because they don’t have the dexterity needed to do the job well. Older children can floss themselves, but you should supervise to make sure they’re being thorough. If your child has difficulty handling traditional dental floss, a floss pick may help. Look for recyclable or biodegradable options if you’re concerned about waste.

Call 908-735-6300 to schedule your appointment.