Dental FAQs for Kids
We know you probably have lots of questions about your child’s teeth and the best care for them. Here at Smile Kids! Pediatric Dentistry we want to make that as easy as possible for you, so here are some questions we hear a lot and our favorite answers!
Are Baby Teeth Really That Important?
Actually, they’re more important than what most people think! Baby teeth might not stick around for long, but they’re pivotal to the long-term health of your child. Cavities, infections, poor speech and facial development, and permanent teeth growing in overcrowded or crooked are all risks of prematurely losing baby teeth.
When Should I Bring My Child in for their First Visit?
The American Dental Association recommends that you bring your child in within six months of their first tooth erupting or by the time they are a year old, whichever comes first.
What Should My Child Eat Before an Appointment?
Avoid eating anything heavy at least half an hour beforehand. And always make sure to brush right before too!
How Should I Clean My Baby’s Mouth & Teeth?
Even before your baby’s teeth have started to come in, it is important to keep their mouth clean. Use water and a soft cloth to wipe down their tongue and gums. Once your child’s first tooth has erupted, pick out a toothbrush with a small head and extra-soft bristles to avoid any painful irritations.
When to Start Using Toothpaste?
As soon as your child’s first tooth has come in, it’s time to start using toothpaste and brushing. Cavities can set in immediately and infections can spread to permanent teeth. Only use a tiny smear at first to avoid making your baby sick, wait until they’re at least two before moving up to a pea-sized droplet.
What Do I Do if My Child Has a Toothache?
You should always make an appointment as soon as possible, but until then make some mildly warm salt water and use it to rinse out the irritated area. If it’s swollen, then preparing a warm compress and applying it to their face can also help. If the child seems to be in a lot of pain, then acetaminophen, such as Children’s Tylenol, can help relieve it.
What Can You Do to Be Proactive About Your Child’s Health?
Establish a routine for brushing that you stick to, encourage good dietary habits, and above all make sure that you bring your child in for regular dental exams and cleanings. Every kid is unique, and we think it’s imperative that we get to know the child early on and learn what makes their smile unique so we can give them the individualized care they deserve.
Got More Questions?
At Smile Kids! Pediatric Dentistry we love questions! Our dentists are always available at (276) 663-0065 to help clear up any confusion or answer any other questions you might have. We can help you set up an appointment so you and your child can come in, get to know us, and ask any questions you may have in person!