How old should my child be when I bring them to their first dental appointment?
It is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) to bring your child to the dentist by age 1. Starting this relationship early will lead to healthy oral health habits for life!
When should I stop my child’s thumb sucking/pacifier habit?
It is recommended by the AAPD to stop oral habits, such as using a pacifier or thumb sucking by age 3. Patients who continue these oral habits for longer may be putting their bite at risk. During your dental appointment, Dr. Lynda can provide you with tips to help motivate your child to stop their habit.
During my child’s visit, am I allowed in the exam room?
Absolutely! Parents are welcome in the exam room during their child’s dental visit. This also gives parents a chance to discuss any questions they may have directly with our doctors.
Why are baby teeth so important?
Baby teeth are important to your child’s health and development. Not only do they help your child to chew, speak and smile, they also hold space in your child’s jaws for permanent teeth that grow underneath the gums. When a baby tooth is lost before they are naturally ready, permanent teeth can drift into the empty space and make it difficult for other adult teeth to find room when coming in. The result can be crooked or crowded teeth. Starting your child off with good oral health habits can protect teeth for decades to come.
What is the best toothpaste for my child?
The best toothpaste for children are toothpastes with fluoride and the ADA seal of approval stamped on them.
How much toothpaste should I use?
Once your child has a tooth, you should be brushing them twice a day with a smear of fluoride toothpaste (the size of a grain of rice). Remember not to put your baby to bed with a bottle, which can lead to tooth decay.
Once your child turns 3, the AAPD recommends a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste to be used when brushing. It is best if you put the toothpaste on the toothbrush and help them brush their teeth until about age 6 or when they are able to tie their shoes on their own. Even after they turn 6, parents should monitor and assist until they are around 7 or 8 years old.
When will my child get their first teeth?
Every baby is different, but a first tooth typically appears around 6 months old. In most cases, the first teeth to come in are the lower central incisors (lower front teeth) and most children will usually have all of their baby teeth by age 3. [please show a dental eruption chart]
What is the best way to prevent cavities?
Good hygiene: Help your child brush their teeth twice a day for 2 minutes with a fluoride toothpaste. Children will only have the dexterity to brush on their own when they can tie shoes on their own, so parents need to help their children brush their teeth.
Healthy Diet: Limit your child’s sugar consumption. Bacteria formed from sugar are known to cause cavities. Fruit juices, sweetened beverages and candy have high contents of sugar. And…be wary of sticky snacks (like fruit snacks and dried fruit) that stick to grooves in teeth and cause cavities.
Caregiver Oral health: Did you know that kissing a baby can transmit bacteria that cause cavities? It is important for expecting parents to have a good health status before their child is born. Bacteria can be transferred from their caregiver to infant through saliva.
Why are dental x-rays important?
Our doctors wants to provide the best possible oral health care for your child. Visual examinations do not always tell us everything we need to know. Dental X-Rays (radiographs) are images of your teeth that dentists use to evaluate your oral health. They can help accurately diagnose dental issues before they become more serious. Dental X-Rays also give the ability to see between and inside your teeth and below your child’s gumline that are not visible to the naked eye. By reviewing comprehensive x-rays, your child’s dentist is able to diagnose any specific or isolated dental problems your child may be experiencing and prevent dental issues from progressing. Our doctors only takes X-rays when they are needed.
When and where are the most common dental injuries?
Most injuries to baby teeth occur during the toddler years when children are learning to walk and lack good coordination. In permanent dentition, the most common age for dental trauma is from ages 8-11. The central incisors (top front teeth) are most frequently affected.
What should I do if my child knocks out a tooth?
If your child has a knocked-out permanent (adult) tooth, hold the tooth by the crown and if possible, put it back in the socket. If this is not possible, keep the tooth in milk and NOT water. Contact the office immediately. Stay rest-assured that in the event of a dental emergency, even after hours, our team is available for you and your child.