First and foremost, I am in no way an expert or a dentist. I have been in the pediatric dental field for about 3 1/2 years and have learned a few things a long the way. So I figured I would share the most common questions we get from parents about their kids teeth.
- When will my kid(s) start losing teeth? Usually anywhere between the age of 5 and 7 is when kids start to lose their teeth. The two front bottom teeth are almost always the first to fall out.
- If they are just baby teeth and will eventually fall out, why should I get his/her cavities filled? Baby teeth that have decay should be treated by a dentist. Obviously, whatever the dentist recommends is best, there are multiple cases where we do decide to leave baby teeth untreated if we feel it is in the best interest of the child. In most cases though, decay should be treated because if left to long it can grow and eventually cause an infection, which then can make its way to the bloodstream. So please take your kids to the dentist if you believe they have a cavity.
- Starting at what age should I take my child to the dentist? We usually recommend around the age of 1 when they are just starting to get those first few teeth. We also recommend bringing them in every 6 months following their first appointment. It’s important to set a good and positive foundation for going to the dentist at an early age.
- When should I start using a fluoridated toothpaste? Usually we recommend this when the child can fully spit. Some kids when they are just learning to brush their teeth will swallow first then pretend to spit the toothpaste out.
- What are sealants? Sealants are a protective coating we put on the new adult molars(usually kids will get a set around age 6 and another set at age 12.) sealants fill in the grooves of the molars to prevent food from getting stuck. Therefore, helping prevent cavities from starting. Sealants are also usually covered by insurance. Sealants are highly recommended.
Teaching your child early on and preparing them is so important. I can’t tell you how many parents have passed on their phobia of the dentist to their kids because they didn’t set a positive example about the dentist. Kids aren’t born with a fear of the dentist. Their fear comes from either a previous bad experience or the way their parents react to the dentist. I love when I see kids happy and excited about coming to see us. So read books about the dentist, sing songs, whatever you can do to cultivate a positive outlook on the dentist.
Lastly, as I mentioned in the beginning, I am not a dentist or a doctor and this is solely what I have noticed parents commonly ask. Any concerns about your child’s teeth should be brought to a dentist’s attention.