As a parent, you’ll know that looking after your child’s oral hygiene is a top priority. Nevertheless, when it comes to pediatric dentistry and its specifics, parents generally have a lot of questions. Let’s take a look at a few of the most popular ones that come up.
When should I first take my child to the dentist?
You will need to take your child to the dentist when their first tooth appears. Your child’s first tooth should likely appear by their first birthday. Baby teeth will be susceptible to tooth decay as soon as they come in, so dental services and prevention techniques are vital from the get-go.
How can I prepare my child for their first dental appointment?
Talk to your child about the importance of keeping their teeth healthy, to help them understand why it’s vital for them to see the dentist. Ensure that you talk about going to the dentist in a positive way and make the experience sound like fun. You’ll also want to realistically prepare them about what the appointment will involve. It may help to show them some pictures of where they are going. Your dentist will be able to continue the process of making them feel safe and at ease when they arrive.
Are baby teeth that important?
Yes, baby teeth are incredibly important because they aid your child in both speaking naturally and eating well. Baby teeth can also function to hold space for the permanent teeth, so if they are taken the best care of; it’s more likely that the adult teeth will end up in good condition too.
How can I prevent tooth decay for my child?
To prevent tooth decay, take your child to a pediatric dentist at least every six months. Ensure that you help your child to brush and floss regularly enough and that they have a balanced diet without too many sugary foods and drinks.
Does my child need dental sealants?
Dental sealants work by painting thin coats of plastic on the chewing surfaces of your child’s teeth. This is a safe process which is recommended to prevent tooth decay and protect the enamel on your child’s teeth.
Are pacifiers and thumb sucking bad for my child’s teeth?
If your child has a short-term pacifier or thumb-sucking habit, then this isn’t too much cause for concern. If your child’s habit continues past the age of three, then you should see your pediatric dentist. Your child might be a good candidate for a mouth guard to help them. If these habits persist, there’s a risk that this may cause problems with your child’s teeth later down the line.
What should I do if my child knocks out a permanent tooth?
The first thing to do is to keep calm and control any bleeding in the mouth. See if you can find the tooth and then briefly rinse it with water if it has become dirty. Reinsert the tooth and if you cannot do so put the tooth in milk or a wet cloth. You will need to go to the dentist as soon as possible whether you can reinsert the tooth or not.
Please contact us if you have any questions regarding pediatric dentistry!