When is the right time for my child’s first dentist visit?
We advise scheduling your child’s first dental visit when their first tooth appears or by their first birthday at the latest, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
How does pediatric dentistry differ from regular dentistry?
Pediatric dentists undergo additional specialized training post-dental school, focusing specifically on infants, children, and adolescents. Our team and clinic environment are tailored to make children feel comfortable and welcome.
What can we expect during the first dentist visit?
The inaugural visit is brief and informative. We primarily aim to familiarize your child with the dental environment. We’ll inspect your child’s teeth, gums, and jaws and address any of your queries about oral care for youngsters.
How can I prepare my child for the visit?
Keep a positive attitude. Displaying optimism can ease any apprehension your child might feel. Sharing images from our website or discussing the importance of good oral health can also help.
How frequent should dental check-ups be?
Typically, we recommend a check-up every six months. Depending on specific oral health needs, we might suggest more frequent visits.
Why care for baby teeth since they fall out eventually?
Primary teeth are crucial for a child’s development — aiding in chewing, speaking, and even holding space for permanent teeth. Neglecting them can lead to misaligned or decayed permanent teeth.
How should I clean my infant’s teeth?
Before teething starts, clean your baby’s gums post-feeding with a damp cloth. Once teeth emerge, a soft-bristled, infant-sized toothbrush can be used.
When should I introduce toothpaste?
Begin using a rice-sized amount of fluoridated toothpaste once your child has several teeth. Ensure they spit out the toothpaste post-brushing. Around age six or seven, they might be ready to brush on their own.
What leads to cavities?
Sugary remnants on teeth attract bacteria that produce acid, which erodes tooth enamel, leading to cavities.
Any tips to prevent cavities?
Encourage brushing with fluoride toothpaste twice daily and regular flossing. A balanced diet, avoiding excessive sugary foods, and routine dental check-ups will also help.
Are dental sealants a good idea?
Yes, sealants protect areas that are hard to brush and are recommended, especially for molars.
Should my sporty child wear a mouthguard?
Absolutely! For children in sports, custom-fitted mouthguards can shield their teeth, lips, cheeks, and gums.
What if my child has a thumb-sucking habit?
Most kids outgrow thumb-sucking by age four. If it continues after permanent teeth appear or is aggressive, we can offer solutions.
When are dental X-rays recommended?
Initial X-rays are usually taken between ages two and three. As permanent teeth begin to emerge around age six, periodic X-rays ensure everything is in order. If there’s a high risk of dental issues, we might recommend earlier X-rays.