It’s important to help your children develop healthy oral habits at an early age. At Rafi Dental Group, we are your specially trained Tustin dentists who understand the intricacies and importance of a child’s teeth.
We want you to feel confident that you are receiving the most advanced pediatric dental services available. To help you better understand your child’s oral health and the options available, we’ve answered some of the most common questions when it comes to pediatric dentistry.
WHEN SHOULD I SCHEDULE MY CHILD’S FIRST VISIT TO THE DENTIST?
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, “your child should see a pediatric dentist when the first tooth appears, or no later than his/her first birthday.”
Also, your dentist can provide or recommend special preventive care to safeguard against problems and protect your child’s smile.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD MY CHILD VISIT THE DENTIST?
Every 6 months is the recommended scheduling for a child’s dental check-ups. However some cases may require additional visits, your pediatric dentist will create a schedule that is specific to your child.
AT WHAT AGE SHOULD I BEGIN USING TOOTHPASTE ON MY CHILD’S TEETH?
Once your child has a few teeth, you can start using a tiny amount of fluoride toothpaste for each cleaning. If your child is under the age of 2, use a small rice size of fluoridated toothpaste. Once they are between 3 and 6 years, you can use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste.
WHAT ARE DENTAL SEALANTS AND HOW DO THEY WORK?
A sealant is a protective coating that covers the grooves in teeth that are difficult to brush and susceptible to decay. Quickly and painlessly applied to any baby teeth and permanent teeth, the sealant acts as a barrier to food and plaque to help protect your child’s teeth.
WHAT IF MY CHILD SUCKS THEIR THUMB?
Most children who suck their thumbs or fingers as infants usually grow out of it by the age of 4. If your child continues this habit after their permanent teeth come in, let your dentist know so we can check if the habit will cause problems.
HOW CAN I PROTECT MY CHILD’S TEETH IF THEY PLAY SPORTS?
Whether your child plays baseball, soccer, or other sports, it’s best to have a custom-fitted mouthguard made to protect his teeth, lips, cheeks, and gums. Ask your Tustin dentist about a custom mouthguard today.
WHAT WOULD BE CONSIDERED A DENTAL EMERGENCY?
If your child has a broken/chipped/fractured tooth, is experiencing a painful toothache, or another dental issue causing them pain, it is considered a dental emergency. We’re dedicated to providing quality treatment for all our patients. In case of an emergency, contact your dentist.
A pediatric dentist offers a wide range of treatment options, as well as expertise and training to care for your child’s teeth, gums, and mouth. Rafi Dental Group offers a variety of dental services to ensure the health of your child’s smile. Start your child on a journey toward excellent oral health by scheduling an appointment with us today!