Your comfort is our first priority

We want you and your child to feel as comfortable as possible when you arrive at All About Kids Dental. Below are some of our most frequently asked questions so you can be informed before you arrive at our office.

Some children can be afraid of the dentist, so we go the extra mile to make sure we start off on the right foot. Often a child may have heard a story from a sibling or friend that has instilled some fear in them. Sometimes just being in unfamiliar surroundings can make them fearful. We’ll focus on and listen to them to assess how well a dental exam will be tolerated. We’ll talk with and and observe your child to make sure he or she is ready to have that first exam and cleaning, or whether another visit is needed to soothe the child’s fears. We work hard to provide a calm, welcoming environment so children feel safe. Parents can help too, by offering encouragement and positive words to describe what their visit might be like. Together, we can all help ensure that your child’s first dental visit goes smoothly and fearlessly.

As long as your child’s primary teeth are coming in normally, their first visit should be somewhere between the six to ten month mark. If there are any potential problems or concerns, you’ll want to address them as soon as possible. Most dental professionals agree that a child should have seen the dentist at least once by the time they are one year of age.

You can begin to brush your child’s teeth, or tooth, as soon as the first one comes in. A small, soft-bristled toothbrush designed for children is best. Begin carefully brushing the tooth every night. You can use a toothpaste specifically formulated for infants, or you can just use water. Just the act of brushing, which removes plaque, is the most important thing. The sooner you can get your children into a regular oral care routine, the better.

From the moment that first tooth appears, you should be scheduling regular dental appointments for your child twice a year. Children and their teeth grow quickly, so pinpointing and addressing potential problems early is important to keep them from getting more serious. Regular visits ensure that a dentist can monitor problems and make informed decisions about whether interventions are needed.

A bedtime bottle may seem harmless enough, but once your baby’s teeth begin to appear, that bottle will definitely do more harm than good. The sugars in formula and breast milk can remain in a sleeping baby’s mouth for hours, weakening enamel and creating the perfect environment for tooth decay. If they must have a nighttime bottle, give them plain water.

In short, yes. But that’s not all. Pacifiers and thumb-sucking can eventually interfere with the normal growth and development of a child’s teeth. Beyond that, it can cause serious jaw problems, speech problems, and can lead to an overbite or underbite. If your child outgrows the pacifier or thumb-sucking habit by age two or three, there shouldn’t be any permanent damage, but you’ll want a dentist to be monitoring the situation to make sure your child’s teeth are coming in normally. It’s not easy to wean a child, but it’s worth it to ensure their oral health

No matter how well trained a dentist is, it’s impossible to see every problem or potential issue with the naked eye. This is why your dentist will sometimes need to take an x-ray of your child’s mouth and jaw. State-of-the-art x-ray technology and effective lead shields ensure that your child is exposed to as little radiation as possible, and for a shorter amount of time. We take every precaution to make sure your child’s x-rays are performed efficiently, quickly and safely.

Teeth have ridges and grooves that tend to trap food particles. Brushing is not always successful at completely removing these food bits. The molars in the back of the mouth are particularly vulnerable to decay if food particles are allowed to remain on their surface. Dental sealant is a thin layer of clear plastic that can be applied by your dentist to keep teeth protected and safe for years.

Sometimes even the very best oral care habits regular check-ups aren’t enough to prevent tooth decay. We all eat and drink throughout the day, so it’s virtually impossible to keep teeth completely free of bacteria. Bacteria creates plaque, a sticky substance that sticks to teeth and weakens enamel. Acid from sweet foods, snacks and drinks are breeding ground for plaque-forming bacteria. This is the main contributor to cavity formation and tooth decay.

If your child is complaining about tooth pain, you first want to rinse the child’s mouth with water or salt water. Make sure the water isn’t too hot or cold, but room temperature. Gently brush and floss the area to make sure there isn’t a bit of food lodged in the teeth that is causing the pain. If the pain continues, apply a cold pack to the outside of the cheek to reduce any swelling. If the pain persists into the next day, or is accompanied by fever, call us. The child may have a badly decayed, cracked or broken tooth.

There are several products on the market designed to help relieve the pain of teething. Soft plastic toys filled with liquid are a good choice. They can be filled with liquid and frozen. The cold helps soothe the pain when they are bitten down on. You can keep several on hand, so when one melts, you have another one waiting. In situations where toys don’t help, there are drops or gels available that can be applied directly to gums to ease teething pain.

Flouride has been proven to help keep tooth enamel strong. However, excessive amounts can damage teeth. If your water has fluoride added, you shouldn’t need to supplement your child’s intake. Children can also get fluoride from toothpaste, formula and other liquids. The recommended amount of fluoride for children under the age of three is .25 milligrams. Ask one of our dentists to see if your child may benefit from a fluoride treatment.

If a permanent tooth is knocked out, there is a chance that a dentist can reimplant it. This is an emergency situation, and the patient needs to get a to a dentist within an hour of the trauma to increase the chances that the reimplantation will be a success. Make sure that you don’t let the tooth dry out. Keeping it wet by storing it in milk or even the patient’s mouth can help preserve it. If a baby tooth is knocked out, a dentist won’t usually attempt to reimplant it, but you should bring your child in for exam to determine if any more damage has been done.