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Pediatric Dentistry FAQ By Stephen Dowell, DDS on April 28, 2022

When you’re looking for exceptional pediatric dentistry, you’re looking for a dental team that you and your child can trust. At Dowell Dental Group, we earn your trust by treating you and your little ones like a member of our own family. With three, convenient locations in Minerva, Carrollton, and Dover, OH, we make exceptional dental care for the whole family easy.

If you’re a new parent, you might be wondering how to take care of your child’s dental health. Our team is here to demystify your child’s oral health needs by addressing some of your pediatric dentistry FAQs. With this knowledge, you’ll be able to protect your child’s oral health well into their teen and adult years.

When Should I Start Brushing My Baby’s Teeth?

As soon as you see your baby’s teeth pushing through their gums, it’s time to start brushing. Using a soft-bristled infant toothbrush and a tiny amount of kid-friendly toothpaste at least once daily will keep your child’s new teeth healthy.

However, parents should not wait until their child has new teeth to start taking their oral health seriously. Dental professionals recommend gently brushing a baby’s gums daily to prevent harmful bacterial growth.

When Should I Start Taking My Child to the Dentist?

According to the American Dental Association, parents should take their children to the dentist no later than their first birthday. It is always preferable, however, to schedule a pediatric dental appointment as soon as you see their first tooth erupt.

Is Pediatric Dentistry Really Worth It If Kids Lose Their Baby Teeth Anyway?

Absolutely. Caring for primary/baby teeth helps kids tackle proper speech development and facilitates adequate chewing function. Furthermore, primary teeth provide a natural pathway for permanent teeth to follow once they are ready to erupt.

Is Thumbsucking Harmful to My Child’s Teeth?

Most children will stop sucking their thumb or pacifiers on their own, but some don’t. If your child is still sucking their thumb or pacifier past age three, then our Minerva pediatric dentist may suggest a special appliance to discourage the behavior. Otherwise, your child’s primary and permanent teeth may shift out of alignment, which can create other oral health issues.

Is It Bad to Nurse My Child Before Bed?

In general, it is never bad to nurse your child. However, breast milk does contain lactose, which is a type of sugar. This sugar can sit on your child’s teeth and gums all night after nursing, which can lead to cavities and gingivitis.

Instead of stopping nighttime feedings, try gently brushing your child’s teeth and gums after nursing. This will help remove the lactose that fuels harmful bacterial growth.

Are Fluoride and Dental Sealants Safe for My Child?

The CDC states that more than 50% of children ages 6-8 have at least one cavity in their primary teeth. Fluoride and dental sealants offer safe, effective, and long-term solutions to prevent cavities in little mouths.

Schedule a Pediatric Dental Appointment for Your Child Today

It’s never too early to emphasize good oral health and hygiene. If your child is ready to receive stellar pediatric dental care, then contact the Dowell Dental Group today. Parents may request a pediatric appointment online here, or they may call one of our three locations:

  • Dover office: (330) 364-1414
  • Minerva office: (330) 868-5001
  • Carrollton office: (330) 627-5005


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