Frequently Asked Questions

Kids Dentistry Questions


-Both the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry say that your child should have his or her first dental exam between the ages of 12 and 15 months.

Most children should go to the dentist at least twice a year, according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

Some kids may need to go to the dentist more often because they are more likely to get cavities or have bad oral hygiene.


-There are books that talk about going to the dentist.
Be careful about how much you tell your child about the visit, since he or she might “pick up” on your fears if you have them.

-Let the dental hygienist and dentist show your child the tools they will be using and talk to your child in terms they can understand.
Don’t say things like “it won’t hurt,” because your child will only remember the word “hurt.”

While your child sleeps at night, the milk bathes his teeth in liquid, which feeds the bacteria that make acids that cause tooth decay.
This can happen in a very short time.
Like permanent teeth, baby teeth have nerves. Cavities in baby teeth can cause toothaches and lead to infections, so the teeth may need to be pulled or fixed.

-It’s best for kids to use a brush with soft bristles.
You can also get electric toothbrushes.
Plaque is easier for your child to get rid of with an electric toothbrush than with a regular brush.
But both will work if you keep an eye on them.