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It’s normal for parents to have questions for their child’s dentist. An adult can ask the dentist important questions during their dental examination but a child doesn’t necessarily have those abilities to communicate during their visit. Frequently the questions parents ask pediatric dentists the most have to do with oral hygiene, how to prevent cavities, or whether it’s time for braces.

It’s Normal For Parents To Ask The Dentist Questions

Communication between doctor and patient is vital. As your child’s care provider it’s important that you know the right questions to ask during their dental exam. Over the years we’ve answered countless questions. We’ve comprised a list of the most frequently asked questions our Pediatric Dental Office has been asked.

Top Questions Pediatric Dentists Get Asked

  1. When should my child first see a dentist? This is probably the most popular question pediatric dentists get asked on a day-to-day basis. The most common time to bring a child for their first dental visit is when their first tooth erupts. It’s important to create regular dental habits as early as possible.
  2. What should I expect from my child’s first dental visit? Typically, on your child’s first visit to the dentist, the dentist will perform a brief examination of the teeth, gums, jaws, and then apply a fluoride varnish. The dentist will also work on getting your child to feel safe & comfortable sitting in the dentist’s chair.
  3. Do baby teeth matter if they’re only going to fall out anyway? This question we hear alot. What’s the reason for putting so much effort into taking care of baby teeth when they’re only going to fall out? Baby teeth matter just as much as adult teeth because they pave the way for how teeth will form in adulthood. How you care for your child’s baby teeth can have a long-lasting impact on their adult teeth.
  4. Should my child get braces? It seems like many children these days have braces, and if yours doesn’t, you’re probably wondering whether or not there is some sort of requirement. Luckily enough, it’s not required that you get braces for your child. However, if you’re concerned that their teeth aren’t growing in correctly, it might be time for an orthodontic consultation.
  5. Should you brush your child’s teeth? In short, yes! As explained in the previous question, baby teeth are important and taking care of them encourages good dental habits in your child’s life that will last a lifetime.
  6. Are x-rays safe for my child? X-rays are a routine part of dental visits for adults, but with exposing a child to radiation, this makes it a valid question a completely normal concern for parents. Rest assured, the risks associated with this very small amount of radiation are non-existent. Our office uses digital xrays which are safer than traditional xrays.
  7. How do you change your child’s diet to conform to good oral health? The way that we eat greatly impacts our oral health, and the same holds true for our children. To encourage the right dental habits, make certain your child eats a healthy, balanced diet. Limit their intake of sugary drinks and snacks, as these substances most commonly promote tooth decay.
  8. Should you consider sedation dentistry for your child? Occasionally children are very anxious and terrified of going to the dentist. We’ve seen this kind of dental phobia or anxiety, even many adults suffer from it. Sedation dentistry is an option to consider in order to calm your child’s nerves. Consult with your dentist first if you feel this may be a factor in your child’s care.
  9. What should you do if your child has a toothache? Children rough house and play. If your child is school age, they’ll frequently get bumps and bruises, that don’t require seeing a doctor. However, if your child complains of a toothache, you should try to set up an appointment with a dentist as soon as possible. For pain management until you can see a dentist, give your child acetaminophen. You should also rinse the area with warm salt water.
  10. How can parents prevent tooth decay? As parents, we all want what’s best for our children, so we understand that you want advice on the best way to take care of your child’s teeth. One of the best things you can do is to demonstrate regular, healthy dental habits, and promote the example setting the standard. And, off course, don’t forget to schedule regular dental appointments for cleanings and checkups.

For more answers to questions and topics about Children’s Dental Health & Pediatric Dentistry, visit our pediatric dentistry blog.

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