Frequently Asked Questions

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At what age should my child have his/her first dental visit?

"First visit by first birthday" sums it up. Your child should visit a pediatric dentist when the first tooth comes in, usually between 6 and 12 months of age. This visit will establish a dental home for your child. Early examination and preventive care will protect your child’s smile now and in the future.

Why should I choose a Pediatric Dentist instead of a Regular Dentist?

Pediatric dentists are the pediatricians of dentistry. A pediatric dentist has two to three years specialty training following dental school and limits his/her practice to treating children only. Pediatric dentists are primary and specialty oral care providers for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health needs. 

When should my child start using toothpaste?

The sooner the better! Starting at birth, clean your child’s gums with a soft infant toothbrush or cloth and water. As soon as the teeth begin to appear, start brushing twice daily using fluoridated toothpaste and a soft, age-appropriate sized toothbrush. Use a tiny "smear" of toothpaste to brush the teeth of a child less than 3 years of age. For the 3-5 year old, dispense a "pea-size" amount of toothpaste and perform or assist your child’s toothbrushing. Remember that young children do not have the ability to brush their teeth effectively.

Is my child getting enough fluoride?

Check with your water company or have your well water tested for fluoride to see if your water is fluoridated. If your child is not getting enough fluoride internally through water (especially if the fluoride level is deficient or if your child drinks bottled water without fluoride), then your pediatric dentist may prescribe fluoride supplements. 

How safe are dental x-rays?

There is very little risk in dental X-rays. Pediatric dentists are especially careful to limit the amount of radiation to which children are exposed. Lead aprons and high-speed film are used to ensure safety and minimize the amount of radiation. 

When do the first teeth start to erupt?

At about 6 months, the lower front teeth (central incisors) will errupt, followed shortly by the two upper central incisors. The remainder of the primary teeth appear during the next 18 to 24 months but not necessarily in an orderly sequence from front to back. At 2 to 3 years, all of these 20 primary teeth should be present.

Why should cavities in baby teeth be fixed?

Primary, or "baby," teeth are important for many reasons. Not only do they help children speak clearly and chew naturally, they also aid in forming a path that permanent teeth can follow when they are ready to erupt. We want the new teeth to erupt into a healthy mouth so they don’t get cavities.

Why do children get cavities?

Children get cavities when they eat sugar too often. Every time they eat sugar, the bacteria in their mouth get fed and produce acid. This acid attacks the teeth and makes holes (cavities).

How often does my child need to see the pediatric dentist?

A check-up every six months is recommended in order prevent cavities and other dental problems. However, your pediatric dentist can tell you when and how often your child should visit based on their personal oral health. 

How do you deal with anxious or fearful children in your practice? And what are the methods that you use in calming them?

Calming the fearful child is an expertise which comes with years of education, training and experience.

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22 May 2022 10:42 AM