Raising kids is hard. Answering their never-ending questions. Trying to prevent the unthinkable mischief they think up (like pulling their friend’s loose tooth at recess). Finding answers to parenting questions.
Kids Care certainly doesn’t have all the answers, but we do have the information you need for your child’s oral health care
Here are five questions parents ask often:
- When should I schedule my child’s first dental appointment?
You should schedule your child’s first dental visit at their first birthday, or when they get their first tooth, whichever comes first!
- When will my baby get their first tooth?
All babies are unique! For many, the first tooth will surface on the bottom in the front. This first tooth may appear as early as 4 months or as late as 8 months. Some babies may have teeth come in later. Less common, some babies will be born with teeth. (Check out our recent post on why we recommend removing newborn teeth.)
- Why do you x-ray my child’s teeth?
X-ray images serve a few purposes, such as finding cavities, tracking erupting teeth and identifying bone issues. X-rays help our doctors discover and treat any potential dental issues as early as possible to ensure your child has a healthy smile for life.
- Why is fluoride important?
Fluoride is a natural hard mineral that helps strengthen tooth enamel, ensuring your child’s teeth can stand up to their favorite crunchy snack. Fluoride also prevents tooth decay and can help reverse early signs of decay. Your child can get all the fluoride they need for a healthy smile by using a toothpaste with fluoride (most toothpaste does contain fluoride, just be sure to double check the label) and drinking tap water.
- What is a dental sealant?
A sealant is a protective tooth film we paint on your child’s back molars to add an extra layer of cavity prevention. Sealants are offered in-office during routine appointments and are quick to apply.
As always, our doctors and staff are always available to answer all your dental questions during your child’s appointment – even if your question relates to some child-induced teeth shenanigans. There isn’t much we haven’t seen or heard.