August 3, 2021

Questions Parents Ask Pediatric Dentists

At Playtime Pediatric Dentistry, parents are more than welcome to ask questions during the dental examination. Over the years, we’ve answered countless questions, and we make sure to keep our knowledge and skills up-to-date. As a result, we are entirely comfortable answering your questions, clarifying any processes, and providing guidance.

Top Questions Pediatric Dentists Get Asked

When should my child see a dentist?  

According to the Canadian Dental Association, a child’s regular dental visits should start six months after your child’s first tooth erupts 

What to expect during my child’s first dental visit? 

On your child’s first visit to Playtime Pediatric Dentistry, we will make sure they are comfortable and then perform an oral examination. The examination will include the teeth, gums, jaws and then finish with fluoride varnish application. 

Why do we treat baby teeth if they are going to fall out anyway?   

Primary teeth help your child chew, speak and smile. Baby teeth hold space in their jaw for the permanent teeth that are growing beneath their gums. The way you take care of your child’s baby teeth will have a long-lasting impact on their development. 

Should my child get braces? 

You will notice that many children wear braces, and if your child does not, then maybe your child’s teeth are growing straight and have a normal bite. As we take care of your child’s oral health care, we will let you know if it’s time to consider seeing an orthodontist. 

Why is it important to brush my child’s teeth? 

Baby teeth are essential, and taking care of them encourages good dental habits in your child’s life that will last a lifetime.

Are dental x-rays safe for my child? 

Dental X-rays are used to detect any issues hidden beneath the surface of the teeth enamel and below the gum line. When considering the use of dental x-rays, our experienced pediatric dentist will weigh the risks against benefits. Our office does not use dental x-rays indiscriminately. Furthermore, our x-ray equipment conforms to the Federal requirements of the Radiation Emitting Devices Act and the Food and Drugs Act.

Is sedation dentistry necessary? 

Sedation dentistry is an option to calm your child’s nerves. If your child is a bit anxious during the initial dental visits, we may recommend using sedation during dental treatments. 

What should I do if my child has a toothache? 

The first thing to do is determine where the pain is and how long it has been hurting. Since kids like to rough play, you should look for signs of a recent injury, like a blow to the mouth. Next, look for signs of dental disease, such as brown spots or obvious cavities. Finally, try to relieve the pain symptoms with an ice pack, rinse the area with warm salt water, and schedule a dental visit. 

How can parents prevent tooth decay? 

The first step is to start healthy oral habits early. Your baby will need their gums cleaned daily to remove plaque. Use a soft, damp cloth or soft brush to keep their mouth cleaned. When your child’s first teeth erupt, use a baby toothbrush and a grain-size amount of toothpaste to clean their teeth. You can use a pea-size amount of toothpaste at three years of age and begin a flossing program. As well be an excellent example of healthy oral health care and don’t forget to schedule regular dental appointments for cleanings and checkups.

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