Common issues and questions

Taking care and pride in oral care is something that should start at a young age in an effort to create good habits that last a lifetime. The gums are a direct link to the bloodstream which is why it is important to keep them clean and healthy no matter your age.

What is a pediatric dentist?

Pediatric dentistry is a dental specialty that focuses on the unique oral health needs of infants, young children, adolescents and children with special needs.

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When should my child first see the dentist?

“First visit by first birthday” sums it up. Your child should visit a pediatric dentist when the first tooth comes in, usually between six and twelve months of age.

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How often should my child see the dentist?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a dental check up and cleaning every six months for most children.

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What should I do if my child has a toothache?

Clean the area by brushing or rinsing with warm salt water. Use dental floss to remove any food or debris that may be present.

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What should I do if my child knocks out a permanent tooth?

Find the tooth. Handle the tooth carefully by the crown, not the root portion. You may rinse the tooth to remove debris, and if the tooth is intact, attempt to re-insert the tooth into the socket.

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Loose tooth?

Encourage your child to gently wiggle a loose tooth after they have washed their hands. The tooth may be rotated or twisted with the fingers to remove it from the gum tissues.

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Object caught in the teeth

If food or debris is caught between your child’s teeth, attempt to remove by brushing and flossing the area thoroughly.

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Broken, Chipped or Fractured tooth

If possible, find the chipped fragment. Place the fragment in cold milk or your child’s saliva and contact your child’s dentist immediately.

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Why are baby teeth important?

The primary, or “baby” teeth play a crucial role in dental development. They allow your child to chew properly, smile confidently…

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When do the first teeth erupt?

Your child’s teeth actually start forming before birth. As early as 4 months, the baby teeth push through the gums – the lower front teeth are first, followed by the upper front teeth.

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When should I start cleaning my baby’s teeth?

The sooner the better! Starting at birth, clean your child’s gums with a soft infant toothbrush and water.

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Preventing Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

Tooth decay in infants can be minimized or totally prevented by not allowing sleeping infants to breast or bottle feed.

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How does Baby Bottle Tooth Decay start?

A bottle containing anything other than water and left in an infant’s mouth while sleeping can cause decay. This includes breast milk, regular milk, formula, fruit juice, unsweetened fruit juice, soda, or even watered down juices.

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Teething

Normally, the first tooth erupts between ages 6 to 12 months. Gums may be sore, tender and sometimes irritable until the age of 3.

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