FAQs on Caring for Children’s Teeth
For any parent, one of the crucial areas of health caring for their children is in dentistry. Parents have loads of questions to ask their dentist about their kids’ teeth care. Many of these questions are very basic and a visit to the dentist each time you have a question pops to your mind is not necessary. If you read the following children dentistry related frequently asked questions, you may get answers to a majority of the questions.
What should I use to clean my child’s teeth?
Typically, a toothbrush will help to take care of the plaque bacteria that result in tooth decay. Hence, with your child, you can use a toothbrush that has soft bristles with a small and soft head. This type of toothbrush will not cause any discomfort to your child. If your child is an infant, make sure to clean his teeth one time each day, preferably at bedtime.
At what age should I take my child to the dentist first?
In order to be on the safe side, it will be helpful if you take your child to the dentist as soon as his first teeth start to appear. If you are waiting for a specific age to take him to the dentist, then take him after his first birthday.
Who is a pediatric dentist?
Simply, pediatric dentists are pediatricians of dentistry. This type of medical practitioner consists of nearly 3 years of special training following his or her study period at dental school. In addition, a pediatric dentist can only treat infants and children through adolescence.
How important are baby teeth?
Baby teeth are important for a child for many factors. While these teeth will help your child to chew and eat properly and speak his or her first words, they also provide a defined pathway for the permanent teeth to come up once the baby teeth fall.
My child complains of a toothache, what should I do?
First and foremost, identify the painful area and rinse it with warm saltwater. If that particular side of the face is swollen, have a cold towel or something cold placed against that side. In terms of medication, you can give your child a painkiller like acetaminophen. These are all temporary measures to ease the pain and decay until you see the dentist.
If my child is used to thumbsucking and/or the pacifier, is it harmful to his or her teeth?
These types of habits can only be an issue if your child continues them for a long period of time. However, it is natural for kids to have these types of habits. Most of them grow out of these habits upon reaching a certain age. But if your child does not, then you will have to consult your dentist and seek advice.