Q: How do I know it’s time for a check up?
A: It is recommended to have a dental check-up once every six months. When you visit us, we will examine your mouth, and may from there decide if it is necessary for us to see you more frequently. Regular check-ups are so important because you may not be able to spot any problems at home; however, we can take a close look at your mouth, teeth, and gums to determine if something is wrong and catch it when it’s still in the early stages.
Q: When should I begin bringing my child for check ups?
A: We can see your children as soon as their baby teeth have emerged. We recommend that you bring your child with you to your appointment when they’re about three years old, to help them become familiar and comfortable in the dental office environment. By age four or five, they can begin to have regular hygiene check-ups.
Q: Why is it important to take care of baby teeth?
A: Caring for baby teeth is very important even though they will eventually fall out. Baby teeth not only help babies eat solid foods, but they are also important to your child’s ability to speak. Furthermore, they serve as space-maintainers for your child’s permanent teeth. If the baby teeth are damaged by tooth decay or have to be removed prematurely due to decay or trauma, it could cause the permanent teeth to erupt crooked leading to the need for orthodontic correction later on. Regular brushing and flossing along with dentist appointments at least twice a year will help ensure that your child’s baby teeth remain healthy and this will eventually assist in achieving a healthy set of permanent teethes well.
Q: When Should Children Get Their First Dental X-Ray?
A: Usually, after age 4, many children receive a set of x rays named bite-wings to check for decay in between teeth. As children begin to get their adult teeth around the age of 6, X-rays become more important as they help the dentist to see if all of the adult teeth are growing in the jaw, check in between teeth for decay and any other problems.
Q: How old should kids be for first dental visit?
A: The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that a child should visit the dentist by his/her first birthday or by the time the first teeth come in. National studies have shown that cavities are increasing in-preschool-aged children. More than 1 in 4 children in the United States has had at least one cavity by the age of 4. Many kids get cavities as early as age 2. To prevent early childhood cavities, parents need to learn how to manage their child’s diet and oral hygiene. A child’s first dental visit can be used to get to know the dentist and discuss important facts such as:
- – How to properly care for an infant or toddler’s mouth
- – The proper use of fluoride to help protect teeth while growing
- – Oral habits, including finger and thumb sucking
- – The importance of a good diet in promoting oral health
Q: Can local anesthetics be used safely during pregnancy?
A: All local anesthetics cross the placenta to some degree. Fortunately, doses of local anesthetics in dentistry are usually relatively small and are generally unlikely to cause complications during pregnancy. During pregnancy, when local anesthesia is used, it is best to use one without epinephrine.
Q: Why are my gums swollen and red during pregnancy?
A: Pregnancy hormones may cause your gums to swell, become inflamed, and bleed more easily. During pregnancy, your mouth may also become more vulnerable to bacteria and plaque, and this can make your gums more tender gums. For this reason, it is very important to maintain good oral hygiene when pregnant and to visit the dentist for regular cleaning appointments. To help prevent tooth decay and gum disease, always brush your teeth twice a day and floss your teeth once a day, eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks.
Q: Is it safe to get dental treatment while pregnant?
A: Preventive dental cleanings and annual exams during pregnancy are safe, and in fact are recommended. The rise in hormone levels during pregnancy may cause the gums to swell, bleed, and trap food causing irritation. Preventive dental work is essential to avoid oral infections such as gum disease(gingivitis). Routine dental treatment is generally performed safely during pregnancy. Although non-urgent dental x-rays are usually postponed until after delivery, however, if an x ray is needed for treatment purposes, then it can be taken with the appropriate safety measures. During pregnancy, the second trimester is usually the best time to receive any necessary dental treatment. Tell your dentist that you are pregnant and about any changes you have noticed in your oral health. Good daily care is important to your oral health.