Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric dentists are dental professionals who specialize in children’s oral health. They have advanced dental education and experience in children’s behavior. Their first priority is to put their young patients at ease. The dentist and dental assistants use the “tell-show-do” method. The professionals introduces the tolls to the child and demonstrates how they will be used before the work begins. For example, the saliva suction tool is called the “Thirsty Charlie”, the high-speed drill is “Mr.Whistler”, the dentist “wiggles the tooth out” instead of pulling it, cotton rolls are tooth pillows and fluoride is tooth vitamins.

My Child Needs to Floss? 

Everyone should floss. Children should begin flossing daily by age 2. Flossing removes the food and plague from between the teeth that regular brushing doesn’t get. To floss, wrap the floss around your fingers and glide it between the teeth. Be gentle. Flossing too hard can cause the gums to bleed and your child may begin to think that flossing hurts and will be more reluctant to do it again.

How often should a child see the dentist? 

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a dental office visit at least twice a year.

When does my Child first need to go to the dentist? 

Your child should visit a pediatric dentist when their first tooth comes in. Early examination and preventative care will protect your child’s smile now and in the future.

When should I start cleaning my baby’s teeth? 

Starting at birth, you should be brushing your baby’s teeth with a small, soft infant toothbrush. Unless it is advised by your pediatric dentist, do not use fluoride toothpaste until age 2-3.

How do I get my Child to brush correctly?

It is recommended to brush a minimum of twice a day (after breakfast and just before bedtime) for at least 2 minutes. Pick a song- pick a song that’s 2 minutes long. Have the child brush the top teeth for 60 seconds and brush the bottom teeth for the remaining 60 seconds of the song. Alternatively you could use a Light-up brush – Get a tooth brush that lights up during the length of time they need to be brushing.

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