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16858354_sPEDIATRIC FAQs

When should I take my child to the dentist for the first check-up?

To prevent dental problems, your child should see a pediatric dentist when the first tooth appears or no later than your child’s first birthday.

What should I do if my child has a toothache?

First, rinse the irritated area with warm salt water and place a cold compress on the face if it is swollen. Give the child acetaminophen for any pain, rather than placing aspirin on the teeth or gums. Finally, see the dentist as soon as possible.

How often should my child see the dentist?

Your pediatric dentist can tell you how often your child should visit based, however, every six months is recommended in order prevent cavities and other dental problems.

When should we begin using Toothpaste and how much?

Clean your newborn’s gums with a soft infant toothbrush or cloth and water. As soon as the firs tooth appears, start brushing twice daily using fluoridated toothpaste and a soft, age-appropriate toothbrush.

Use a “smear” of toothpaste to brush the teeth of a child under 2 years old.

For 2-5 year old, dispense a “pea-size” amount of toothpaste and assist your child’s tooth-brushing. Remember, young children do not have the ability to brush their teeth effectively. Children should spit out and not swallow excess toothpaste after brushing.

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

Find the tooth. Put the tooth in a cup/container of milk and take your child and the cup/container immediately to the dentist.

How can I help prevent my child’s tooth decay?

You should take your child to the dentist regularly, beginning with the first tooth. Then, the dentist can recommend a specific program of brushing, flossing, and other treatments.


What is implant dentistry?

Implant dentistry that involves installing an artificial tooth into a patient’s jaw in order to replace or restore a missing tooth.

Who can restore the teeth on top of the dental implants?

A periodontist or an oral surgeon places dental implants.  The periodontist and oral surgeon are teamed with a restorative dentist.  They will place the implants and then the patient will be seen by a restorative dentist for completion of the crowns or overlying appliance.

Are there any age limitations for dental implants?

No.  Any person of any age can have dental implants.  There are some exceptions, so ask the dentist for more information.

How often should I have a dental exam and cleaning?

You should have your teeth checked and cleaned at least twice a year, though the dentist or dental hygienist may recommend more frequent visits.

How can I tell if I have gingivitis or periodontists (gum disease)?

4 out of 5 people have gum disease and don’t even know it. Most people are not aware of it because the disease is usually painless in the early stages. Unlike tooth decay, which often causes discomfort, it is possible to have gum disease without noticeable symptoms.

Gum disease begins when plaque, a sticky, colorless, film of bacteria, food debris, and saliva, is left on the teeth and gums. The bacteria produce toxins (acids) that inflame the gums and slowly destroy the bone. Brushing and flossing regularly and properly will ensure that plaque is not left behind to do this damage.

Why is it important to use dental floss?

Brushing your teeth removes food particles, plaque, and bacteria from all tooth surfaces,
except in between the teeth.  Because your toothbrush can’t reach these areas, flossing is the final stage in taking care of your teeth.

Daily flossing is the best way to clean between the teeth and under the gum line.
Flossing also disrupts plaque colonies from building up, preventing damage to the gums, teeth, and bone.

What are porcelain veneers and how can they improve my smile?

Porcelain veneers are very thin shells of tooth-shaped porcelain that are individually crafted to cover the fronts of teeth. They are very durable and will not stain, making them a very popular solution for those seeking to restore or enhance the beauty of their smile.