FAQs For Kids
Proper oral care is just as important for your child as it is for you. However, your child has needs that are different from your own. At Isla Dental, we understand that you may have questions regarding the oral health of your child, treatments they might need, or the growth and development of their mouth. We are here to answer those questions for you.
When Should My Child Have Their First Appointment?
Many parents are unsure of when they should bring their child in for their first appointment. It is recommended that your child have their very first appointment six months following the eruption of their first baby tooth or by their first birthday.
Does My Child Need a Pediatric Dentist?
While a general dentist can provide care for young children, a pediatric dentist is trained specifically in dealing with smaller mouths. Pediatric dentists are knowledgeable about the oral development of children. Tools are smaller than those of a general dentist as well, which can make dental cleanings and dental exams a much more comfortable experience.
What if My Child is Anxious About the Dentist?
We understand that children can experience anxiety, and even fear when it comes to going to the dentist. There are ways that you can help to prepare them. Answer questions, but do not go into too much detail. Do not use words that can trigger fear, such as “hurt,” “pain,” or “shot.” You can also read books for children about going to the dentist or even play dentist to help your child understand that we are here to help them.
Are Baby Teeth That Important?
In short, yes. Baby teeth are crucial for the proper oral development. They act as placeholders for adult teeth. If they are lost too early, alignment issues may occur. Space maintainers are often recommended in these situations. If your child has lost a baby tooth too early, it is important that you call the office right away.
How Do I Help My Child Take Care of Their Teeth?
Your child should be brushing their teeth twice a day, just like you. Flossing should begin as soon as the teeth begin to touch one another. Before the baby teeth begin erupting, you can use a damp washcloth to wipe the gums clean. As soon as the baby teeth begin coming in, it is time to start brushing. Very young children will need you to do this for them. As your child grows, they can begin brushing their teeth, with you watching. They may need you to go over their teeth once they have finished. Typically, children can begin brushing on their own around the age of five or six.
What Do I Do if My Child Just Will Not Brush?
Getting children to brush their teeth can be a tedious task. Brushing can be boring. Your child may rush through brushing to get back to something more exciting, or they may fight you every time that it is time to brush. There are a few ways in which you can help encourage your child to brush, and even get them excited about it. Play music or sing songs. Brush your teeth with your child. You can even let them practice on your teeth. Let your child pick out their toothbrush. Try reading books about brushing. Many children often respond well to a sticker chart. If you need other suggestions, give us a call.
What if My Child Gets a Cavity in Their Baby Tooth?
If your child gets a cavity in their baby tooth, treatment is needed right away. Without treatment, the cavity can grow larger, increasing the risk of severe damage, infection, and the need for a premature extraction. We can easily treat cavities with fillings. We can also help to prevent cavities with fluoride treatment.
Does My Child Need a Sports Guard?
If your child plays sports, particularly ones where there is a risk of injury, a sports guard is essential. We can create a custom sports guard for your child that will help to protect their teeth, their oral tissues, and their jaw while also helping to prevent concussion.
We strive to provide your child with the best possible care, making their dental appointments as pleasant as possible. If you have any other questions, call Isla Dental at (469) 923-0448 today.