Pediatric Dental Care
Here are answers to some of the most common questions we are asked by parents:
What toothbrush should I use to brush my child’s teeth?
We recommend you use a soft-bristled small toothbrush with a short handle to brush teeth and gums in the morning and before bedtime.
What toothpaste should I use to clean my child’s teeth?
We recommend you use a natural toothpaste without additives. And use a small amount and wipe off the extra, so your child doesn’t ingest it.
When should my child first visit the dentist?
We recommend children visit a dentist when their first tooth erupts, or sooner if there are any feeding, teething, or cleaning concerns - But no later than their first birthday.
Are baby teeth important?
Baby teeth are essential because they help your child naturally develop speaking and chewing abilities. They also help guide the adult teeth into their proper positions.
How do I know if my child has a cavity?
If you can see any white, brown, or black spots than your child needs to be seen by a dentist. Most cavities can be reversed if you catch them early.
How do I know if my child has a toothache?
Children may find it difficult to communicate pain. A toothache is usually a new and different experience than a bruise or cut and does not present as the same type of pain. If your child is holding their face, pointing to a tooth, drooling excessively, having sleep or feeding issues, then they should be evaluated by a dentist. Any of these may be signs of hidden tooth decay that should not be watched.
Are pacifiers or thumb sucking bad for my child’s teeth?
These habits are normal and common in children, but if they exist your child should be under the care of a dentist.
Does nursing cause cavities?
Nursing may cause cavities if your child’s teeth are not brushed afterward. Any substance other than water left on your child’s teeth may cause tooth decay.
How often does my child need to visit the dentist?
We recommend that all children start visiting a dentist every 4 to 6 months unless an emergency or concern presents itself sooner.
What is a Sealant?
A sealant is a protective coating placed on teeth so help prevent stains, sugars, and bacteria from invading. They help children and adult prevent cavities.
Should my child wear a mouth guard while playing sports?
We recommend that during any sport playing a mouthguard should be worn at all times. By adults and children. We always say, protect the teeth you want to keep.
What if my child knocks out a tooth?
If the tooth is an adult tooth, try to place it back into the socket, try to match its position to the tooth next to it. If this is not possible then place the tooth in a glass of milk. This is usually very scary and painful, so no matter what you must visit the dentist right away. Always try within 1 hour to get seen.
If it is a baby tooth, do not put it back in.
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