When it comes to the dental health of children, parents understandably have many questions and concerns. Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQ) parents ask their children’s dentist.
When Should My Child First See a Dentist?
The best time to see a pediatric dentist is when the first tooth erupts (usually around six months of age) or at age one, whichever milestone comes first! This allows Dr. Laura Adelman, DMD and Dr. Rachel Rosen, DDS to make sure your child’s teeth and gums are healthy. They can also assess the direction baby teeth are growing in. These early checks can help prevent the need for some more costly dental work in the future. Plus, it helps prevent dental fear from developing in kids.
Just like adults, kids should see their dentist every six months. These regular check ups give you a chance to learn tips and tricks for encouraging good oral hygiene habits at home. Plus, they ensure early detection and treatment of any problems or concerns.
When Will My Child Start Losing Baby Teeth?
Around age six or seven, the Tooth Fairy will probably visit your child for the first time. Looking forward, their last baby tooth will likely come out by around age 12. Every child is different, though, so if you have any concerns, don’t hesitate to contact your dentist.
Is It Normal That My Toddler Still Doesn’t Have a Lot of Teeth?
As caregivers, it’s hard not to worry when our child doesn’t seem to be developing as quickly as others around us. However, it’s important to remember kids hit developmental benchmarks at different times. If you are concerned please bring your child in for a visit. Dr. Laura and Dr. Rachel will be happy to assess if your child’s teeth are developing in a healthy way and in a healthy time frame!
Why Is an Adult Tooth Coming In Before the Baby Tooth Has Fallen Out?
When a permanent tooth comes in, it’s supposed to dissolve the root of the baby tooth it’s replacing. This process is what makes the baby tooth get loose and eventually fall out. However, that doesn’t always happen. If it looks like your child has two rows of teeth, don’t panic. Generally, the baby tooth will eventually fall out on its own. If you are concerned, though, that too much time has passed and the baby tooth still remains, we encourage you to bring your child in for a dental visit.
What Should I Do About My Child Grinding Teeth at Night?
Usually, you do not need to worry about your child grinding or clenching because most kids stop this behavior when their permanent teeth come in. But if this is troubling you, Dr. Laura and Dr. Rachel will be able to see if there are any real oral health concerns developing. In some cases, they may ask your child to start wearing a mouth guard while they sleep to protect their teeth.
Why Does My Child Have a White Spot on Her Tooth?
Having a white spot or discoloration on a child’s tooth is common. It is likely a harmless defect called Enamel Hypoplasia, but it could also mean the beginning of decay. Bring it up at your child’s next dental visit if you have concerns.
Are Thumb Sucking and Pacifiers Bad for Teeth?
If your child is a thumb-sucker or loves their pacifier, their teeth will probably be just fine. Generally problems only arise if these habits continue past age three. Again, Dr. Laura and Dr. Rachel encourage you to ask about this issue at your next dental visit.
What makes a children’s dentist different?
For starters, a children’s dentist (also known as a pediatric dentist) has additional years of training to address the special emotional and developmental needs of kids. Also, the entire office is built to be kid-friendly. Finally, a children’s dentist works as a partner with the patient and parents to keep little mouths healthy, so they can grow into large, healthy smiles.