Frequently Asked Questions
When should I take my child to the dentist for the first check-up?According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the first dental visit should be on your baby’s first birthday or when your baby’s first tooth comes in, whichever happens sooner. The first visit is mostly dedicated to teaching parents how to take care of the baby’s teeth and gums. We are also happy to see your child at no charge before the age of one, primarily to do an oral examination, get your child comfortable in our office, and to give you pointers on taking care of your baby’s teeth.
What is the difference between a Pediatric dentist and a General/family dentist?A pediatric dentist has two to three years of specialty training after dental school and they limit their practice to treating children only. Pediatric dentist specialize in providing care for infants and children through adolescence.
Are baby teeth important to my child?“Baby teeth” or primary teeth help children with proper chewing and biting, along with speech development. They also act as a guide path for permanent teeth when they are ready for eruption. Statistics suggest that the number of children getting cavities is on the rise especially among young children. Healthy habits are important to develop s that can continue into adulthood.
How can we prevent tooth decay?Children should see the pediatric dentist soon after the eruption of the first baby tooth. In this way we can start your child off early using proper oral hygiene measures, which along with a healthy balanced diet will ensure a lifetime of healthy teeth.
When and how much toothpaste should we use?Prior to any baby teeth coming in, clean your child’s gums with a soft infant toothbrush or soft cloth and water. After the first baby tooth comes in, start brushing twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste and a soft bristle, age appropriate, toothbrush. For children less than two years old use a “smear” of toothpaste to brush their teeth. For the 2-5 year old, use a “pea-size” amount of toothpaste to brush twice a day. Due to lack of manual dexterity at a young age parents may have to assist their child with brushing and flossing.