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Frequently Asked Questions

 

When should I see a dentist?

You should see a dentist regularly for check-ups, which is usually once or twice a year, but can be more depending on your situation. However, if you experience any unusual symptoms, you should see a dentist as soon as possible.

 

How do I choose a dentist?

Choosing a primary dental care provider is a big decision. To aid in your decision-making, it is a good idea to have a consultation with potential providers and discuss any questions or concerns you may have. It also gives you an opportunity to get a feel for the atmosphere and the office environment. You want to choose a dental office that is comfortable, welcoming, and clean.

 

When should my child start seeing a dentist?

Your child should see a dentist after their first tooth erupts, but no later than their first birthday. This is because they can develop cavities as soon as they have teeth. It is best to be proactive, rather than reactive.

 

When should I start brushing my child's teeth?

As soon as your child's first tooth comes in, you should begin brushing their teeth to remove plaque on the surface. You can use a small, soft-bristled toothbrush or a damp cloth, whichever you find works best for you.

 

Since they are going to fall out anyways, are baby teeth really that important?

Yes, baby teeth are important because, as said by ADA dentist Dr. Maria Lopez-Howell, “They are nature’s braces.” Baby teeth serve as placeholders for your child’s permanent teeth that will come in at later ages.

 

Is fluoride safe for my child?

Fluoride, being a natural-occurring mineral, is safe for human intake. Nearly all water contains a small amount of fluoride; it is also found in soil, plants, and food. Receiving a fluoride varnish or drinking fluoridated water is simply a way to increase teeth’s exposure to fluoride to maximize its effectiveness against tooth decay.

 

 

Sources: Fluoride - Health Professional Fact Sheet, Fluoride | Uses, Benefits, and Chemical Safety Facts, About Your Dental Visit - American Dental Association