Child Dental Care FAQs
What Is a Pediatric Dentist?
All dentists begin their training with conventional dental school. A pediatric dentist also completes an additional two to three years of specialized training to gain extensive knowledge in child dental care. Because we here at Changing Smiles Pediatric Dentistry specialize in pediatric care, our office is specially designed to provide your child with a safe, comfortable, effective, and kid-friendly experience.
When Should I Schedule My Child’s First Appointment?
According to the ADA, the American Dental Association, you should schedule your child’s first appointment after their first primary (baby) tooth erupts. The general rule of thumb is between six months and their first birthday. During their first appointment, Dr. Meads will assess your child’s oral health and evaluate their risk for tooth decay, gum disease, and developmental issues.
Why Are Baby Teeth Important?
Although primary teeth eventually fall out, they play an important role in the future of your child’s oral health. Baby teeth are an integral part of speech development, chewing and eating, and the eruption of the permanent teeth. If a primary tooth is lost prematurely, the remaining teeth may shift out of the proper alignment, resulting in crooked or misplaced permanent teeth.
How Do I Clean My Infant’s Teeth or Gums?
You should be implementing some type of cleaning routine as soon as your child is born. Before their first teeth erupt, we recommend cleaning the gums with gauze or a soft washcloth. Once their teeth appear, be sure to use an appropriately-sized toothbrush and ADA-approved toothpaste. Without proper oral hygiene, early tooth decay and other dental problems are likely to occur.
What Causes Cavities?
Dental caries, commonly referred to as tooth decay, is caused by the harmful bacteria found in plaque. The bacteria feed off sugars, starches, and other simple carbohydrates we consume. As they feed, they produce acids that attack the enamel layer, ultimately resulting in cavities. Poor oral hygiene, poor diet, and hereditary issues are the leading causes of tooth decay.
How Do I Prevent Dental Problems?
To prevent cavities, make sure that your child is brushing at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. Daily flossing is also a vital part of their cleaning routine. Help your child maintain a healthier diet by avoiding sugary food, drinks, and frequent snacking.
Regular checkups and professional cleanings are also an excellent way to prevent problems. We may provide them with fluoride treatment and dental sealants for added protection. If your child plays sports or grinds their teeth, we may recommend a mouthguard.
How Often Should My Child See the Dentist?
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, you should schedule a checkup for your child every six months. Regular checkups allow us to monitor your child’s oral health and diagnose potential problems. Most dental problems are easier to treat and prevent when they are caught in the early stages. If your child is at a greater risk for tooth decay or gum disease, we may recommend more frequent appointments.
Schedule an Appointment
If you would like to learn more about child dental care call (702) 998-2840. Our team is happy to answer any questions and help you schedule an appointment.