When does my child need his/her first dental visit? The best time for the first dental visit depends on whether you can practice at home, sitting for an examination by Mom or Dad and practice reclining while fingers are in the mouth. That way, when the dentist first examines your child, at age 3-4, he or she will have a pleasant experience.
What will happen at my child’s first visit? Dr. Tran’s highly-trained team members will provide an oral exam, fluoride treatment, and teach parents the proper way to brush and floss. They will also discuss healthy nutritional choices with you and your child, and your child may have his or her teeth cleaned. Dr. Tran will examine your child’s teeth as well as review their medical history as they discuss any concerns you have that may affect your child’s oral health.
When should my child start using toothpaste? Young children who are unable to rinse and expectorate on their own can brush with a fluoride-free training toothpaste or just tap water. As your child develops more oral coordination and control, they can use a pea-sized amount of fluoridated toothpaste twice each day. Beyond that, our team counsels parents on recommendations regarding fluoridated toothpaste as your child gets older and develops more oral coordination and control.
Does my child need help flossing? YES. It’s always important to clean between teeth, as this is an area where dental diseases frequently develop. On young children, hand-held flossers are adequate to clean between their teeth where a toothbrush does not reach.
Will my child’s toot decay, will it just fall out? Yes and no. All baby teeth eventually fall out, but premature loss of a baby tooth can disrupt the proper eruption and tooth alignment of the developing permanent teeth below. Decay can also spread through the primary tooth and infect surrounding teeth, including the permanent teeth. Dental decay should be treated as early as possible.
What do I do with my child’s teeth or mouth injury? If your child has an accident, take the broken tooth and gently rinse it and place it into a cup of milk or water. Do not attempt to clean the tooth as this can damage delicate attachment fibers. Call our office immediately.
How safe is dental X-Rays? Yes. Our state of the art dental x-rays use the minimum amounts of radiation possible. In fact, you’ll get more radiation from the sun on a day at the beach than you will if you have routine dental radiographs taken. With the advancement of digital x-rays, radiation is significantly lowered compared to traditional x-ray machines.