Many parents have questions and concerns about their child’s oral health and dental care. To help answer some of your questions, we have included the following FAQs. Our team is always happy to speak with you and help you schedule your child’s dental appointment in West Jordan, UT.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that children visit the dentist for the first time about six months after their first tooth erupts or no later than their first birthday. These appointments are designed to help your child become comfortable in the dental office and ensure that they are growing and developing correctly.
Babies begin to develop teeth in the second trimester of pregnancy (about 16 to 20 weeks). Teeth typically begin to emerge between 6 and 10 months of age. You should begin flossing your child’s teeth as soon as they have two adjacent teeth.
Primary teeth (baby teeth) are critical to maintaining good oral health and proper development. Your child’s primary teeth facilitate:
- Proper speech production and development
- Proper chewing, nutrition, and digestion
- Straighter smiles — primary teeth hold the places of the adult teeth
- Excellent oral health
We cannot emphasize enough how important it is that you take good care of your child’s primary teeth. Please make an appointment with our team if you have questions.
After your child’s first dental visit, our team will help you schedule regular visits with our pediatric dentists. Your child should visit the dentist every six months, or twice a year. If your child is more prone to dental problems, we may recommend more frequent visits as needed.
Your child’s teeth are important to their overall health and development. Here are a few tips on caring for your child’s teeth:
- Have your child brush their teeth at least twice a day.
- Help your child floss daily.
- Bring your child to visit the dentist regularly.
- Ask our pediatric dentists about preventive care, such as sealants and fluoride.
- Help your child maintain a nutritious and balanced diet.
- Make sure your child wears a mouthguard if they play sports.
Thumb and finger sucking are normal in children under age 4. Most children will stop sucking on their own between the ages of 2 and 4, but if the habit persists, it can cause damage to the teeth and oral development. Our pediatric dentists and team can provide strategies to help your child stop sucking their fingers or pacifier. These strategies may include oral appliances, as well as things to try at home, such as putting a glove or a sock over the fingers or creating diversions to distract your child from sucking their fingers. Please contact us for more information.
You should clean your infant’s teeth daily. Before the teeth erupt, use a soft, damp cloth to gently wipe their gums and remove any lingering formula or milk. Begin brushing your baby’s teeth as soon as the teeth erupt. Use a soft-bristled baby toothbrush and a tiny smear of child-safe toothpaste for children under the age of 2. After age 2, use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Help your child clean their teeth at least twice a day. We recommend brushing and flossing your child’s teeth for them until about age 7.
Your oral health while pregnant is one of the determining factors of your baby’s dental health in the future. When pregnant, you should follow your regular oral healthcare routine, including receiving dental cleanings and exams. We recommend that you schedule a dental health checkup when you first learn of your pregnancy, as well as a second prenatal dental health checkup six months after your first appointment. Address all dental concerns immediately, even if they seem insignificant, and practice good oral hygiene throughout your pregnancy.
Xylitol is a natural substance that works to reduce and prevent cavities. It is especially effective for children, teenagers, and individuals with special needs. Xylitol is found in many fruits and vegetables, including berries, mushrooms, corn, and lettuce, and is also available in the forms of a concentrate, a gum, and a sugar substitute. It works to neutralize acids in the mouth, reducing the risk of cavities and providing additional protection for the teeth. Xylitol may be consumed by children and teens, as well as by pregnant and expecting mothers to boost their child’s oral health.
Yes! Dental x-rays are very safe for children, and our pediatric dentists and team will make every effort to ensure that your child remains safe and comfortable when visiting our office. Advances in technology and the dental field continue to make dental x-rays safer through digital imaging technologies and higher-speed x-rays.
Yes. If your child damages a tooth or develops a tooth infection, our pediatric dentists can provide treatments to restore their tooth, smile, and oral health. We will examine your child’s mouth to determine which treatment or combination of treatments will provide the best result and create a customized treatment plan to meet your child’s needs