Pediatric Dentistry Frequently Asked Questions

What should I use to clean my baby’s teeth?

  • A small toothbrush designed for infants or a soft cloth with water should be used daily on their gums. Once their teeth begin to erupt, use a small soft bristled brush to remove buildup that can lead to decay.

When should I take my child to the dentist for the first check-up?

  • Once your baby’s first tooth has appeared, it it important to take them in for their first visit.

What is the difference between a pediatric dentist and a family dentist?

  • Pediatric Dentists complete two additional years of special training after dental school to focus their practice specifically on children.

What should I do if my child has a toothache?

  • As with your own teeth, you want to get your child to their dentist as soon as possible. In the meantime, have your child rise with warm salt water and use an ice compress if you notice any swelling.

Are thumb sucking and pacifier habits harmful for a child’s teeth?

  • If you child continues to use a pacifier or suck their fingers past the age of three, consult their dentist as an oral appliance may become necessary.

How often does my child need to see the Pediatric Dentist?

  • Unless otherwise specified by your child’s dentist, every six months is appropriate to maintain their oral health and develop lifelong habits.

When should I begin using toothpaste and how much should I use?

  • As soon as your child’s teeth erupt you can start using a small amount of fluoride toothpaste. At the age of three use an amount about the size of a pea.

How do I make my child’s diet safe for his teeth?

  • Make sure your child gets their daily intake of fruits and vegetables, dairy and proteins. You will want to limit how much sugar and starchy foods they have and ask their dentist if there are any foods that might be best to help to protect your child’s teeth.

What can I do to protect my chil’s teeth during sporting events?

  • A custom made mouth guard will keep your child’s teeth and gums safe from injury.

What should I do if my child falls and knocks out a permanent tooth?

  • Have your child rinse their mouth with warm water and rinse the tooth as well. If you can, place the tooth back into its socket. Try not to touch the root of the tooth, instead, hold it by the crown. If you are unable to get the tooth back into place, put the tooth in some milk. Get your child and the tooth to the dentist as quickly as possible.

How safe are dental x-rays?

  • The amount of radiation during an x-ray exposure is minimal. Lead aprons are used to protect your child just like at your general dentist.

What is the best toothbrush for kids 9-13? Do you recommend an electric toothbrush?

  • By this age, most of the adult teeth have come in. You still want to have your child use a soft bristled toothbrush and an electric toothbrush is an excellent option to help ensure your child is cleaning their teeth well!

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