Q. What age should I schedule my child's first dental visit?
A. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children visit the dentist by age 1 and or within six months of the appearance of their first tooth.
Q. What causes cavities?
A. Plaque, a colorless, sticky film of bacteria that constantly forms on the teeth, is one of the main causes of tooth decay. The bacteria in this plaque reacts with sugars from foods, and produces acid that eats away at the enamel on teeth. These "cavity bugs" leave the teeth unprotected and allow cavities to form.
Q. How can I prevent cavities?
A. Brushing twice daily and being extra thorough at night are a great start. Limit frequent snacking during the day. This includes unrestricted access to sugary drinks/ milk in a sippy cup during the day. Clean between your child's teeth that touch with floss. Schedule regular visits every six months for a routine cleaning and exam. These tips, along with drinking only water after the nighttime brushing, are great ways to help prevent cavities.
Q. Why should my child see a pediatric dentist instead of our regular family dentist?
A. In addition to the four years of dental school training, pediatric dentists complete two years of specialty training in pediatric dentistry. During this training, they gain the knowledge necessary to treat the issues unique to infants, children, adolescents, and children with special healthcare needs. Pediatric dentists also monitor the growth and development of your child's teeth and jaws to make sure everything is on track. Dr. Kevin and Dr. Kat have both learned the different approaches in dealing with behavior, guiding dental growth, and avoiding dental problems in children from infancy through the teenage years. Providing superior dental care for children is their only focus.
Q. If my child gets a cavity in a baby tooth, why does it need to be filled?
A. Cavities are an active infection and will spread to the teeth next to them and eventually to the permanent teeth. Neglected cavities can lead to chronic problems such as pain, swelling and difficulty eating. These problems will affect the developing permanent teeth and your child’s overall health.
Q. How should I clean my baby's teeth?
A. A soft bristled brush with a small head, specially designed for infants is the best choice. Remember to brush twice a day to remove plaque that could lead to decay.
Q. When should my child start flossing?
A. Flossing is important for kids too! Start flossing as soon as two teeth are touching. Flossing removes bacteria and food in between teeth where the toothbrush cannot reach. This will help prevent cavities from forming between the teeth.