Commonly Asked Questions
What can I do to help my child’s tooth development?
There are 2 main things you can do to help along their development:
- Oral hygiene: The oral hygiene of your child during the development of their teeth will help set the course for the future of their smile. This is particularly true when both primary and permanent teeth coexist in your child’s mouth. Make sure you child brushes twice a day for 2 minutes each, as well as flosses.
- Regular dental appointments: Routine care will catch any development issues for the permanent teeth, such as insufficient space for them to erupt into their correct position — leaving them crooked or out of line. We’ll monitor this closely and recommend orthodontic treatment if it’s appropriate for your child.
Is it normal for adult teeth to appear before baby teeth fall out?
This is completely normal! You’ll notice that adult teeth will appear darker when viewed next to primary teeth. Don’t worry if you are noticing this with your child — it’s all part of a healthy set of teeth.
Should a baby tooth be fixed if it is damaged or decayed?
If your child’s tooth is damaged, knocked loose prematurely, or if they are experiencing a cavity, they should always visit the dentist as soon as possible. While primary teeth will eventually fall out, they are there for a reason and an integral part of your child’s tooth development.
How often do children need a dental exam?
Children should always receive two dental exams a year. For some patients, additional exams could be helpful for more extensive dental treatment.
What should I look for between dental exams?
Most issues will generally be caught with two yearly dental exams. Still, you should look out for some things in-between appointments. These include:
- Temperature sensitivity in the teeth
- Gums that are swollen or bleeding
- Damage to fillings, crowns, or other dental restorations
- Mouth pain, including teeth, tongue, or jaw pain
- Difficulty while chewing or swallowing
- Continuous bad breath even with brushing and flossing
If your child is experiencing any of these, contact us to see if you should schedule an additional exam
Are you a dentist who works with special needs children?
Of course! Generally, we can perform basic dental exams for children with special needs. Our whole team has experience working with children with special needs, including those with Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, and dental anxiety.
We’re committed to making sure your child gets the care they need and deserve.