Questions for your Pediatric Dentist

What are some of the most common questions for taking care of a child’s teeth? There are so many aspects to caring for children, and it can be mind boggling trying to keep up with everything all at once. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry has a list of some of the most common questions regarding dentistry for kids and questions to ask your pediatric dentist in Houston.

  • When should I bring my child in for their first pediatric dentist appointment?

    Children should visit the dentist as soon as their first tooth comes in, but no later than their first birthday.

  • How often should my child see a pediatric dentist?

    Just like with adults, children should see a dentist every six months.

  • How should I clean my baby’s teeth?

    Use a small headed, soft bristled toothbrush to remove plaque once per day before bedtime.

  • How should I help my child if they get a toothache?

    Rinse the affected area with warm salt water, then place a cold compress on it. Don’t place aspirin on the gums or teeth. If pain continues, give them a small dose of acetaminophen. Contact your local Houston pediatric dentist as soon as possible.

  • What should I do about thumb or pacifier sucking?

    Most often, children will stop doing these things on their own. However, if it persists beyond three years old, your dentist may recommend a method of getting them to stop.

  • How much toothpaste should my child use?

    Before teeth first come in, just use a small, soft bristled toothbrush and water to clean the gums once per day.Once teeth erupt, use a small smear of fluoride toothpaste to clean them twice per day.Between ages 3 and 6, upgrade to a larger toothbrush and apply a pea-sized amount of toothpaste.

  • How much fluoride is enough for my child?

    Your Houston pediatric dentist checks the fluoride levels of your primary water source. If there is not enough within the water, or the child drinks bottled water, they may prescribe fluoride supplements.

  • What are dental sealants and how do they help?

    Dental sealants are applied to the molars to smooth out the chewing surface. This reduces the likelihood of developing cavities from hidden bacteria. Pediatric dentists recommend that children get dental sealants around the age of 11 to 13.

These questions address many of the aspects of dentistry for kids and how best to care for your child’s oral health.

There are many other aspects that go along with these, but a regular visit to your local Houston pediatric dentist will provide you with all the answers needed to ensure your child has a happy, healthy smile.