Dentistry for Your Kids

1. At what age is it ideal to bring my child for his first dental visit?

A child’s first dental visit should be around his 1st birthday. Parents may not recognize early dental problems and that is why early visits to the dentist can help prevention rather than just doing correction. Going to the dentist only when a child has a toothache is not advisable because a child might associate a pediatric dentist to pain.

2. Should my child visit the dentist twice a year like me?

Regular dental visits can help your child stay cavity-free because of teeth cleaning and fluoride treatment. Plus the dentist can regularly assess any changes in the child’s oral health which may be potential orthodontic problems.

3. Should I clean my child’s mouth even if she doesn’t have teeth yet?

A child’s mouth should always be kept clean and free from bacteria that cause decay in preparation for the growing teeth. Once a child’s teeth start coming out, it will be easier to encourage brushing since he/she is used to cleaning his/her mouth.

4. Why do I need to take care of my child’s milk teeth, it will be replaced anyway by permanent teeth?

Milk teeth or baby teeth help guide the proper eruption of the permanent teeth. They are also important for proper pronunciation, speech habits and children feel good about themselves. Milk teeth are necessary in maintaining good nutrition by allowing the child to chew properly.

5. I can never get my child to enter the dental clinic. He cries at the thought of going to the dentist. How can I address his dental needs?

It is best that a Pediatric dentist handles this child, since she is specially trained to handle different kinds of children, especially those with behavior problems. Prior to any procedure, the pediatric dentist will discuss thoroughly with the parents on how to manage the patient’s dental needs.

Your Special Child

I have a special child; therefore he has special dental needs too. Can a dentist handle a special child?

Pediatric dentists are specially trained to handle children who have behavior problems and those with special needs. After assessing the child, the pediatric dentist can discuss with the parents the different behavior techniques that she can use to be able to handle the child and address his/her dental problems.