Top 10 Questions Parents Ask The Dentist

January 21, 2021 By ksdm

It’s completely normal to have questions about your child’s oral health. Being informed and following the recommended dentistry guidelines will set your child on the right path towards a healthy and beautiful smile.

As an adult, you should be asking their dentists the questions that your child might not be able to communicate yet. As a family-focused dental practice (with kids of our own), we can help you understand how to provide your child with the best oral hygiene possible. 

We hope this list answers some of your questions. Here some of the most frequently asked questions we hear at King Street Dental. 

Top Questions Parents Ask The Dentist 

When Should I Start Brushing My Baby’s Teeth?

As soon as your child’s teeth appear, you should start brushing them. However, even before teeth start coming in, it is recommended to get in the habit of gently wiping their gums before bed. 

What Should I Use To Clean My Babies’ Teeth?

Until about the age of 3, you should only be using low-fluoride toothpaste (as children tend to swallow more than they spit out!) After age 3, use only a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste and ensure brushing is always a team effort, as children don’t have the skills to do it on their own yet.

When Do I Bring My Child To Their First Dental Appointment?

This is one of the most frequently asked questions. We recommend that your child has their first dental visit within 6 months of their first tooth appearing, or by their first birthday. This serves as both an early dental check-up to make sure their teeth are progressing well, and also helps to establish a routine and familiarity with the dentist. 

What Happens At My Child’s First Dental Visit?

A child’s first dental visit will typically involve a “lap visit” where they sit on your lap in the chair while the dentist gently checks and cleans their teeth and gums. The dentist will discuss general oral hygiene and care with you, discuss feeding practices, teething, and ensure all of your questions are answered. 

When Will I See My Babies’ First Tooth?

The average time it takes for a child’s first tooth to appear is around 6 months, however it is important to note that every child is different, with some babies being born with teeth already showing, and some not showing until after age 1. 

Is Thumb Or Pacifier Sucking Bad For My Child’s Teeth?

While thumb sucking is normal behavior for babies, dental experts unanimously agree that thumb sucking and pacifier use after the age of 2-3 can be detrimental to your child’s proper oral development and lead to crooked teeth. If your child has a sucking habit after age 3-4, it’s important to encourage them to stop with a system of positive reinforcement.

Do Baby Teeth Matter? Won’t They Just Fall Out?

Proper care and maintenance of your child’s baby teeth are just as important as their adult teeth. Your child’s baby teeth help them speak properly and chew naturally as well as pave the way for continued good habits when their adult teeth come in. 

Are Dental X-Rays Safe For My Child?

It is very little to no risk for your child to have a dental x-ray. Dentists and their staff are trained and experienced in safely operating the equipment, and the amount of radiation produced by the dental x-rays is almost non-existent.

What Should I Do If My Child Has A Toothache?

Tooth pain should never be ignored in children and adults. If your child is experiencing tooth pain, you should book an appointment to see your dentist immediately. 

What Should I Do If My Child Falls And Chips/Breaks/Loses A Tooth?

Similar to a toothache, a chipped, cracked, or a lost tooth is considered a dental emergency and needs treatment right away. For fractured or chipped teeth, the treatment depends on the severity.

Have A Question That’s Not On This List?

There by no means is a list of every question you as a parent may have. If you have more questions about your child’s oral care, development, or hygiene, our dentists at King Street Dental are here to help. We provide preventative care, emergency care and orthodontics for adults and children. Contact us and book your appointment.