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Common questions & answers

Q: When should I bring my child for his/her first appointment?

A: I suggest you bring your child for the first appointment by his/her first birthday. I think of this as a “well-baby” checkup and gives me the opportunity to check for decay and any initial problems. In addition, it will help your child begin a lifetime of good dental habits.

Q: How often should I bring my child to the dentist?

A: Our recommendation for regular dental appointments is every six months, unless your child has dental problems that need more frequent care or an emergency.

Q: When will my child’s teeth appear?

A: By six months, your child’s first primary (or baby) teeth should erupt. The lower two front teeth are usually first. By age 3, all 20 primary teeth should be present, but don’t worry if your child is a little late.

Your child’s 32 permanent teeth will begin to appear around age 6 and continue to appear up to age 21.

Q: When do I start brushing my child’s teeth?

A: Care for your child’s teeth starts even before teeth appear. Gently wiping your baby’s gums after each feeding with a clean gauze pad is recommended.

Start brushing as soon as the first tooth appears, and get your child into the habit of having his/her teeth brushed. This creates good habits which creates a lifetime of bright smiles and healthy teeth.

Q: How do I prepare my child for the first appointment?

A: Tell your child you’ll be taking him/her to have a dentist look at his/her teeth and clean them. Make this first visit positive and enjoyable.

Q: How important is fluoride for my child’s teeth?

A: Fluoride is very important. Children who drink fluoridated water from birth have up to 40 percent fewer cavities than children who don’t drink enough. Fluoride strengthens tooth enamel, making it more resistant to decay. Good sources of fluoride are fluoride vitamin supplements, fluoridated drinking water and toothpastes and mouthwashes that contain fluoride.

Q: What are dental sealants and why are they important?

A: A dental sealant is clear plastic material that is painted on the chewing surfaces of the back permanent teeth. This sealant acts as a barrier, protecting these teeth from plaque and acids.

Q: When in the right time for braces?

A: Each child is different, but the age range for braces is usually 8-14, when your child’s mouth and head are still growing and teeth can be more easily straightened.

Q: What should I do if my child has a permanent tooth knocked out in an emergency?

A: Wrap the tooth in a clean, wet paper towel or put it in a glass of milk and bring your child and the tooth to my office as quickly as possible. In the best case, the tooth can be reimplanted and saved.

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