Common Questions About Your Children’s Teeth and Oral Healthcare

We all have questions at some point when it comes to caring for our children’s teeth and oral healthcare. Here are some common questions and answers we get from parents about that!

What should I do if my child has a toothache?

When your child complains or shows visible signs of a toothache, make them rinse their mouth with warm salt water. if there is swelling in the immediate area place a cold compress over the outside. And before reaching for the children’s Acetaminophen, be sure to call your dentist to have your child seen.

Are thumb-sucking and pacifiers bad for my child’s mouth?

Typically children stop their need for thumb-sucking or a pacifier on their own. Because long term thumb-sucking or pacifier use will create oral problems its best to stop the practice after the age of three. If your child persists, be sure to see your dentist.

When should I start using toothpaste on my child?

The sooner the better! Just be sure to use a very tiny smear on infants and very young children who may not be able to spit out residue. Once your child is old enough to “spit”, usually between 3-6 years of age, you can use a pea sized drop. And you should always encourage spitting and rinsing the residue out, never swallowing.

What if my child falls and knocks a tooth out?

As in any “emergency” situation its best to remain calm, try reinserting the tooth back into the socket, holding it by the crown and not the root. If that is not possible put it into a small amount of milk and bring it and your child with you to the dentist as soon as possible.

These are just a few of the questions that are regularly asked of us by parents. In most cases, the answers are simple and clear cut. Others, not so much. So if you have questions or need clarification on caring for your children’s teeth and oral healthcare, please be sure to give us a call at 1 (925) 947-1188.


Source: AAPD

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