When should we schedule our child’s first visit?
- The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children’s first should take place before their first birthday. While this may seem too young and scary for your child. We love our patients and our doctors are professionals at making your child feel safe and comfortable.
Why should I worry about my child’s baby teeth?
- Yes, of course they will fall out anyway. However, their baby teeth are so much more important than that. They are also incredibly vulnerable to tooth decay and can make your child self-conscious. Baby teeth help maintain good nutrition through proper chewing. They are essential in speech development. Baby teeth also hold the place for their grown-up teeth to grow into. Their teeth allow development of the bone and muscles of the jaw. They aid in having your permanent teeth grow into the right place and at the right time. Not to mention, it is never too early to start good habits. Making oral hygiene a fun part of family time before bed will help them to continue to do so for the rest of their lives.
What is baby bottle tooth decay and how can I prevent it?
- Baby bottle decay is caused frequent exposure of liquids containing sugar, including milk, formula, and fruit juices. The sugar from the liquids stays around the teeth for long periods of time leading to cavities and tooth decay. This is why you shouldn’t let your baby fall asleep with a bottle in their mouth. Instead, give them a pacifier or bottle of water to comfort them. If breast feeding try not to let them nurse continuously. After each feeding, wipe their teeth and gums with a clean, damp washcloth.
When should my child start using toothpaste?
- Typically, a child does not need to use a toothpaste with fluoride in it until they are two years old. Before then, you can start brushing around six months with a soft-bristled brush and warm water. At around 12 months, use a very conservative amount, about the size of a grain of rice, until they are able to spit. Once they are able to spit out the toothpaste you can use about the size of a pea of toothpaste. We also highly recommend brushing your child’s teeth for them. They may get to a point where they want to do it themselves, but you should brush for them again afterwards in order to make sure it is being done in a very thorough way.
How can I protect my child from gum disease?
- Gum disease is when an excessive amount of plaque and tartar have accumulated around the teeth, which causes deterioration to your area around your teeth, in severe cases this can even spread all the way into the jaw bone. Often characterized by red, swollen and bleeding gums. It is difficult to detect because the early stages of gum disease are painless. However, if left untreated the disease will destroy the gums and the jaw bone. To prevent this from happening to your children you need to build an oral health care regimen that works for you and your family. Daily brushing and flossing needs to be established as a habit for them as early as possible. You can also schedule regular dental visits for checkups and cleanings.
Is thumb sucking bad for my child?
- It depends on a number of things. Children often suck their thumb as a comfort device. Thumb sucking is completely natural, but can have negative effects long term. You should try to ween them off by the age of 2. If you are unable, they should definitely be done sucking their thumb by the age of 4. At this point, their thumb could negatively impact their growth of teeth and their placement.
Do you take my insurance?
- We accept most insurances, CHIP, and Medicaid. For a list of our insurances please visit our accepted insurance plans page. If your plan is not listed with us as a preferred provider, we can still bill any insurance utilizing your out of network benefits. For our patients without insurance, we offer a Dental Discount Plan. For financing options, we accept cash, credit, and debit cards (Mastercard, Visa, American Express, and Discover). We also offer financing through Care Credit, a healthcare line of credit offered for as low as 0% interest.
How can I make teething less painful?
- Teething is never a fun experience, for either party. When the teeth start erupting babies can get very sore gums and hurt them. To ease some of the pain you can get a damp washcloth and rub it over your baby’s gums. You can also use a teething ring to sooth their gums. If your child is still uncomfortable, schedule an appointment with us.
What can I do to protect my child’s teeth in sports?
- A mouth guard is essential in protecting their teeth during sports. While any mouth guard will help protect their teeth. A custom fit mouth guard will not only be more comfortable, it will also keep their teeth much more protected.
What else can I do to ensure my child has good oral health?
Parents can be a huge help in your child’s dental health. Preventive dentistry is incredibly important! Here are a few methods:
- Keep track of their appointments and ensure they are getting a cleaning every six months.
- Brushing twice a day
- Flossing everyday
- Fluoride treatments
- Dental Sealants
- Sports Safety
- Healthy Diet: a well balanced diet is crucial. We recommend serving fruits and veggies, grans, meat, fish and eggs. Try to limit the amount of sugars and starch intake.