FAQ (frequently asked questions)

How does a pediatric dentist differ from a normal dentist?
Our team is especially trained for the treatment of children and is experienced in handling frightened children or ones loathing treatment. Our premises are exclusively oriented towards the young patients (small dentist´s chair, kid´s corner, low reception desk, wake-up rooms with cribs, etc.), the atmosphere is relaxed and joyful, furthermore we “hide” fear-inducing items. The methods of treatment also differ from those for adult patients: Using lots of love, funny stories, handpuppets and a magic wand we cater for a fearless and good mood. We distract the children from the actual treatment using exciting cartoons, plays of words and hypnosis techniques. In addition, we have the possibility to treat using nitrous oxide, sedation or narcosis, all accompanied by experienced pediatric anesthetists.

At what age should my child visit the dentist for the first time?
We recommed a visit starting with the first milk tooth. This first appointment mostly serves to educate the parents. They receive information and recommendations regarding nutrition, dental care, pacifiers, feeding bottles, etc, in order that they can optimally support the oral health of their kids from the beginning. Any arising problems can thus be detected in time and are easier to cure. Another advantage: The children can already build confidence during the preventive checkups and do not only get to know us when the first “cavity” appears.

What needs to be observed when first visiting the dentist?
We wish that our little patients experience their (first) visit free of fear and leave our surgery feeling positive. Using dedicated behaviour and choice of words you can assist us!Dental phobia is not an inherited but an acquired behaviour. Speak of your own experiences with dentists only in positive terms. Avoid negations and negative diction, like “That´s not bad”, “It won´t hurt” or “Don´t fear, you´ll be alright”. Do not promise your child any rewards, you would only amplify the feeling of having to do something unpleasant. Let your child be the sole center of attention during the appointment. Let it answer our questions and make its own decisions. After the treatment you may praise your child extensively. This will bolster self-confidence and increase motivation. Under Information > Downloads you will find the anamnesis form and the patient´s application. Please fill them in and bring them with you on your first appointment. When registering please inform us about any possible peculiarities or diseases your child may have – only then can we adjust to our little patients in an optimum way.

Why aren't infected milk teeth simply extracted?
Healthy milk teeth are not only important for chewing, speaking or a self-assured smile! They are also the prerequisite for healthy adult teeth. Until the permanent teeth break through, the milk teeth serve as placeholders. A premature loss may lead to a substantial shortage of space in the jaw. Only (costly!) braces can help to provide adequate space for the remaining teeth.
Furthermore, a caries attack on milk teeth may cause pain and inflammations for the child. There is also the danger that caries bacteria in infected milk teeth communicate the disease to the permanent teeth which already broke through.
If a milk tooth is already beyond repair, it still has to be removed. As a substitute we create an artificial placeholder which can be kept until the new tooth breaks through.

When do milk teeth fall out?
The first incisors drop out at the age of 5 to 7. The milk molars are only replaced by permanent teeth between the ages of 10 and 12. This is only an average value, with some children the change in teeth occurs sooner, with some it may take substantially longer.

At what age should children start brushing their teeth and what should be observed?
Dental care should already start after the breakthrough of the first milk tooth. In the beginning it is sufficient to clean the teeth in the evenings using a soft cloth or cotton swabs. Later, children´s toothbrushes should be used. If your child is taking fluoride tablets, it is better to only use water and non-fluoriding toothpaste. We are glad to provide further advice. Starting with the second year the milk teeth should be brushed in the mornings and evenings with a pea-sized amount of fluoriding children´s toothpaste. Let your child learn how to properly brush their teeth, up to the third grade remember to brush the child´s teeth yourself either before or after they do it! After the sixth year or after the breakthrough of the first permanent teeth your child should use toothpaste with a high amount of fluoride (normal adult toothpaste or adolescent toothpaste). Some children do not like brushing their teeth. Try using games, singing or other distractions. If all else fails, try retaining your child. Don´t worry, you will not traumatize your child by doing this, because neither brushing the teeth nor a light retention actually hurt. On the contrary: If you let your child have their will, brushing the teeth will become a stressful situation every day.

Is sucking on a pacifier, thumb or finger harmful?
If a child sucks very often over a long period of time, be it on the fingers or a pacifier, misalignment of the teeth may occur. Often times, the so-called “abocclusion” results, where the front incisors do not come together when biting. This may lead to problems when biting off something, in some cases the child may develop a lisp. A child should not use a pacifier after the age of 2, most often they voluntarily relinquish it at this age. Sucking on thumbs and fingers is a harder habit to kick. You can learn from our team what parents can do about sucking.

What needs to observed for a nutrition which is gentle on the teeth?
Caries can only occur if the pathogenic agent can sufficiently often attack the teeth leaving no time for regeneration. If a child sucks on a bottle of juice, fizzy juice or children´s tea all day or during the night, the milk teeth are permanently confronted with bacteria – resulting in a high caries risk. Much more important than a sugar-free nutrition is the limiting the intake of sweet or acidic beverages. Amongst them are juices that are declared “sugar-free”, since they contain a large amount of fructose! You should give your child sweet or acidic beverages only during meals (maximum twice daily). During the rest of the day give your child non-sparkling mineral water. Unfortunately, not all children are fond of water, especially once they tasted sweet beverages. In order to get the children to again like water, a few tricks may be necessary. We are glad to help in this endeavor.

What does the treatment cost?
The statutory health insurance usually covers the costs for a simple “standard treatment”. Included are regular (2-3 times a year) check-ups including X-ray pictures (if necessary), cement fillings and the costs for a local anesthesia, sedation or narcosis. Thus, there is always a “cost-free” alternative which on the other hand is not necessarily the best.

In order to optimally treat your child, some minor co-payments are unfortunately necessary.

Sealing of a milk tooth 18 Euro
Professional dental cleaning for children 60 Euro
Synthetic filling for a milk tooth 30-50 Euro
Synthetic filling for a permanent tooth 40-60 Euro
Treatment using nitrous oxide 60 Euro
White crowns 96-200 Euro
Permanent placeholder 72 Euro

In addition, the health insurance covers the costs for two individual prophylaxis appointments per year, however, only after the age of 6.
Please inform yourself about private health insurances in your insurance company.