Midlothian Pediatric Dentist
Why should my child see a pediatric dentist?
Pediatric dentists have additional years of training and experience that is focused on the dental needs of children. Children’s dental needs are different from those of adults. A pediatric dentist and team will help educate your child in great dental health habits and work to ensure optimal oral health as they grow.
The dentist wants to do an x-ray. Is that safe?
Dental x-rays are a safe, effective way to monitor your child’s dental health and find potential issues early. In our office, we use digital x-rays to provide maximum benefit with much less radiation than conventional x-rays require.
When should my child start to grow teeth? When will they start coming out?
Every child will grow teeth at their own pace. Some infants are born with teeth already erupted. Others erupt later, but generally one or more teeth will be visible within the first year. In most cases, teeth start to loosen and come out beginning around age 6 or 7, though your child’s individual timing may be different. Ask our dentist if you have questions or concerns about your child’s teeth.
Why are baby teeth important?
Baby teeth, or primary teeth, are important to your child’s dental and overall health both now and in the future. Even though these primary teeth will be replaced by permanent teeth later, your child is developing dental habits, has growing bones and muscles in the jaw, and learning how to effectively chew and speak. When baby teeth are unhealthy, they may cause other issues within the mouth that affect permanent teeth. An example of this issue: a baby tooth left untreated for tooth decay may be lost prematurely, leaving a gap in the mouth. The other teeth may shift into the gap over time, causing both baby teeth and permanent teeth to grow crookedly.
How often should my child brush and floss?
Your child should be assisted with developing healthy dental hygiene habits, including brushing at least twice daily and flossing at least once daily.
How can I help my child not be afraid of the dentist?
Help your child avoid dental fear by only speaking positively about their visit. Explain their teeth will be counted, cleaned, and checked to be sure everything is healthy. Avoid words that may cause anxiety, like hurt, shot, needle, drill, or pain. Be sure to model a positive attitude toward going to the dentist. Our team is experienced in providing positive dental care experiences to children, so be confident that your child is in good hands and your child will feel the same.