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Why should I bring my child to see a pediatric dentist?

Pediatric dentists have undergone additional years of specialized training beyond dental school to treat the oral health of children, adolescents, and those with special healthcare needs. Furthermore, pediatric dental offices are equipped with special equipment tailored for children.

When will my baby start getting teeth?

On average, babies get their first tooth at around six months old. However, it is not uncommon for the first tooth to emerge around 1 year or even later.

At what age should I bring my child for the first visit?

Parents should bring their child for their first dental visit either by their first tooth eruption or first birthday. Starting healthy habits early is crucial for their future dental health.

How can I prepare my child for visiting the dentist?

To prepare your child for visiting the dentist, you can practice counting their teeth, brushing, and flossing. Encourage them to view the dentist as a friend and use child-friendly language, avoiding words like “scared,” “hurt,” and “needle.” Rest assured that we will take care of everything else!

How do you handle pediatric patients?

Our approach to pediatric patients is personalized and tailored to each child. We offer a variety of prophy paste and fluoride varnish flavors for your child. Our team is experienced with patients of all ages and developmental stages, and we work at the child’s pace. Our facilities include a hygiene bay area for younger kids and a teen bay for older kids, ensuring they feel comfortable during their visit.

What can I expect during our visit?

During your visit, the dental team will conduct a comprehensive exam depending on the purpose of your visit. This may include polishing your child’s teeth, looking for cavities, anomalies, or pathologies, taking radiographs, and applying a protective coat of fluoride varnish. Our team also provides nutritional counseling, reviews oral hygiene instructions, offers guidance, and evaluates whether orthodontic treatment is necessary for your child.

If dental treatment is needed, we will discuss the treatment plan with you and your child in person to ensure everyone is comfortable with the procedure. We strive to make your child’s visit as comfortable and pleasant as possible, fostering a happy and confident attitude toward dental care. We aim to work together to establish healthy dental habits and ensure your child’s future oral health.

When should my child begin using toothpaste and how much should we use?

Deciding when and how much toothpaste your child should use depends on several factors. For healthy children whose first tooth has erupted at around six months of age, a small smear of fluoridated toothpaste twice a day is recommended. Before the first tooth emerges, the gums can be cleaned with a clean cloth and water.

However, since every child is unique, the specific type and amount of toothpaste that would suit your child will be determined at their first visit. Our team will work with you to develop an individualized plan for your child’s dental care, ensuring their teeth and gums remain healthy.

How often should I brush my child’s teeth?

Children’s teeth should be brushed once in the morning after breakfast and once at night before bed, or after the last meal of the day.

Why do you recommend fluoride?

We recommend fluoride because it is a scientifically proven way to strengthen enamel and prevent cavities. Fluoride is incorporated into the enamel to remineralize it, keeping it strong and preventing dental decay. Cavities are the most common dental issue among school-aged children, and our goal is to help parents prevent cavities that could lead to pain, infection, defects in adult teeth, and costly treatment. By using fluoride, we can work towards ensuring your child has a healthy, happy smile for years to come.

Are dental X-rays necessary for treating my child?

Yes, dental X-rays are necessary for evaluating the health of your child’s teeth and determining the appropriate treatment, if needed. At Sweet Tooth, every dental radiograph is personally prescribed by the dentist according to guidelines set forth by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. We take every precaution to minimize radiation exposure, using the latest digital sensor technology and a properly placed lead apron.

Can I stay with my child during the visit?

Of course, you can stay with your child during the visit. Alternatively, you may let our dental assistant guide your child through the experience while you relax in our waiting area, designed exclusively for parents. The choice is entirely yours.

How often should I bring my child in for routine dental checkups?

For routine dental checkups, we recommend visiting every 6 months for cleanings, examinations, radiographs, and preventative treatments. Regular appointments ensure your child’s dental health is well-maintained, promoting a healthy future for their teeth and gums.

Why Choose Sweet Tooth?

Sweet Tooth Pediatric Dentistry is your go-to dental clinic for high-quality, compassionate dental care for your child. Our experienced team is committed to making your child’s dental experience as fun, comfortable, and positive as possible. From our personalized approach to dental care to our state-of-the-art facilities designed with kids in mind, we go above and beyond to ensure your child feels confident and cared for every step of the way. Schedule a consultation with Sweet Tooth Pediatric Dentistry today.

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