When should my child visit for the first time the dentist?
For proper prevention your child should visit the dentist when their first tooth rises and certainly not later than the first birthday.
How often should my child visit the dentist?
The check is recommended once every 6 months to prevent and to attend any problems that may occur on early tooth.
They are deciduous ("milk") teeth really that important for my child?
The deciduous or "first" child's teeth are important for several reasons. Not only to help the child to chew food naturally and pronounce words clearly but also to conserve the area that will allow the permanent teeth to erupt when they are ready.
How can I prevent decay caused by breastfeeding?
Avoid feeding the child to make it fall asleep and also avoid giving him anything except water before sleep. Regular visits to the dentist to check the condition of the teeth and gums is vital. The first visit to the dentist is good to be done no later than the first birthday.
It is sucking the finger and other soothing habits harmful for a child's teeth?
Finger sucking or similar habits that calm the child will become harmful if continued for a long time. Most children stop these habits on their own. But if they still suck when the permanent teeth begin to appear, the pediatric dentist will advise you how to tackle the problem.
What should I use to clean the teeth of my child?
The first baby teeth are cleaned with wet gauze. Later a toothbrush with a small head and soft bristles can be used. Prefer toothbrushes designed specifically for children.
Toothpaste: at what age begin to use it and how much?
The use of fluoride toothpaste should begin when the child reaches the age of 2-3 years. Before that age the parents should clean their child's teeth with water and a soft toothbrush. The amount of toothpaste used should be equal to a pea, and parents should supervise brushing to ensure that the child does not swallow the toothpaste while rinsing.
What should I be feeding my child to have strong teeth?
Try to provide your child with a balanced diet that includes fruits and vegetables, cereals, dairy, meat, fish and eggs. Limiting sugar helps to protect your child's teeth from decay. For more information on diet in relation to oral health, ask your dentist.
How do I know my child is getting enough fluoride?
The child's dentist will assess the level of fluoride in drinking water which is the main source of fluoride for your child. If your dentist determines that your child not getting enough fluoride from drinking water he will recommend other ways of fluoride intake.
How can parents help prevent tooth decay?
Parents should make sure to take their child to the dentist early, beginning with the appearance of the first tooth. Your dentist will advise you how to clean the child's teeth and anything else that parents can do at home for proper care of the child's teeth. Proper dental care of children at home combined with regular visits to the dentist and a balanced diet will help your child to have proper hygiene habits throughout his life.
Does it matter that my child has an export milk teeth?
Yes, it can matter if a deciduous (first) tooth falls before it's time. Usually it is not a problem if it is a front tooth, but if a rear deciduous tooth is lost too early, it can cause problems later. The milk teeth have a specific size and occupy a space in the jaw. If one of them falls out of place, the adjacent tooth can occupy this empty space. This means that there may not be enough space for the permanent tooth that erupts later which may get trapped or rise out of place
If my child has a broken primary teeth will the permanent tooth be damaged too?
It is not necessary that a bad milk tooth can lead to damaged permanent tooth. It has happened to many children who have arrived at the dentist with damaged deciduous teeth and have no caries in permanent teeth. It took a course in lifestyle change to achieve this: diet, daily oral care and frequent visits to the dentist.
It is possible for a child to be missing teeth?
Some people happen to have fewer or more numerous teeth than normal. Fewer teeth than normal are more common in permanent teeth than in deciduous. Some people are only one or two teeth short. There may be no particular reason for it or may be due to heredity.
Why my child has two sets of teeth?
The appearance of two sets of teeth occurs because permanent teeth rise behind the milk teeth before they fall. The most common place for this to appear is the lower front teeth. The appearance of two sets of teeth occurs in approximately 30% of children. Sometimes it is necessary to extract the deciduous teeth. In most cases the milk teeth fall on their own shortly after the eruption of permanent teeth. You should consult a dentist if the milk teeth do not fall early
How safe are dental x-rays?
There is very little risk from x-rays at the dentist. The pediatric dentist is careful to limit the amount of radiation to which the child is exposed and therefore it is used with a special lead apron that covers the body of your child to be protected from radiation. Modern digital radiographic equipment greatly reduces the radiation to which the patient is exposed.