Frequently Asked Questions – Children’s Dentist FAQ

Q: What happens if my child’s crown falls off with/without the tooth?
A: Please try to save the crown and call our office. We will try to schedule an appointment to re-cement the crown as soon as possible.

Q: At what age should I schedule my child’s first dental appointment?
A: As soon as your child gets his/her first tooth, or by their first birthday; whichever comes first. It is best to schedule an appointment with the dentist before your child has a tooth ache. We want your child’s first experience to be fun, educational and pain free!

Q: Toothache?
A: If your child has a tooth that is sensitive or aching, please call our office to schedule an exam.

Q: What happens if my child knocks out a tooth (avulsed tooth)?
A: If it is a permanent tooth, gently rinse the tooth with cold water and place it in a glass of milk. Do not scrub the tooth. Please call our office as soon as possible. The doctor will determine if the tooth can be replanted. If it is a baby or primary tooth, it can not be replanted.

Q: What insurance’s does your office take?
A: We accept most insurance plans. Please contact our office to find out the details regarding your policy.

Q: When should I expect my child’s teeth to come in?
A: The first primary/baby teeth to are the lower front teeth (central incisors). They erupt between 6-10 months of age. The first permanent teeth to erupt are the first molars around 6 years of age.

Q: Why is fluoride recommended?
A: Fluoride is a mineral that can help repair dental decay in the early stages of disease.

Q: What should I do if my child grinds his/her teeth?
A: Call to schedule an appointment with us for an examination.

Q: If my child is still numb after a procedure and bites their cheek or lip, what should I do?
A: Give your child over-the-counter Tylenol or Ibuprofen to treat the pain and soreness. We recommend monitoring your child closely while they are numb to help prevent soft tissue irritation. Wait to eat until after the numbness goes away—approximately two hours.

Q: What can I do to make brushing teeth at home more fun/easier for my child?
A: Ask our staff about dental apps that can be downloaded to help make brushing fun!

Q: How do I prevent cavities?
A: The American Dental Association recommends brushing for two minutes twice a day and flossing at least once a day. See the dentist twice a year for cleanings and exams. Limit high sugar food and drinks. Use toothpaste that contains fluoride.

Q: What kind of toothpaste should my child use?
A: Any toothpaste that contains fluoride. Whitening toothpastes can be abrasive which may lead to increased sensitivity. Children under three should use no more than a “smear” or “rice-sized” amount of fluoridated tooth paste. Children between 3-6 should use fluoridated tooth paste that size of a pea twice a day.

Q: When should we consider orthodontics?
A: Call to schedule an appointment with us if you are concerned with your child’s crowding or spacing.