6 Questions Moms Should Ask the Family Dentist
Moms sure have a lot to keep track of. When taking your child to the doctor, you likely come with a list of questions. The same should hold true for trips to the dentist too. But what are the right questions to ask? How important are those baby teeth, anyway?
Don’t worry, we have you covered with the perfect list of 6 questions to ask your family dentist.
Be prepared for your child’s next visit with these questions to ask your family dentist.
We all want the best care when it comes to our kids. Trust us, we get it. But it sure can be overwhelming trying to stay on top of everything you need to know to ensure your child is getting the best possible care. So the next time you take your child to the dentist, be prepared with this helpful list.
1. When should my child visit the dentist?
Your child should have their first trip to the dentist shortly after their first tooth erupts or around their first birthday, whichever comes first. During their first visit, and depending on their age, the visit will likely include a full examination of your child’s teeth, bite, jaw, gums, and oral tissues. If needed, your dentist may decide to give your child a gentle dental cleaning, which includes polishing their teeth and removing any plaque, tartar, and stains.
2. How important are my child’s baby teeth?
Your child’s baby teeth are more important than you might realize. We have spoken with many patients who don’t realize the significance of maintaining healthy baby teeth. But the truth is that your child needs healthy baby teeth to chew, speak, and smile. Those tiny little teeth also hold space in your child’s jaws for the permanent teeth that will begin to poke through around age six or seven. This said, be sure to ask your family dentist in Flower Mound, TX, about the health and care required for your child’s teeth.
3. When can my child brush their teeth on their own?
This is an excellent question because good oral hygiene is imperative. If you have young children, you should start brushing their teeth or gums from the day they are born—really! For young babies with no teeth, gently wipe their gums each day with a gauze pad or clean finger.
You can start brushing your child’s teeth with a child-safe toothpaste around age two. Once your child has two or more teeth that touch, you can add flossing once a day to your routine to get at those hard-to-reach areas where bacteria like to hide.
Around the age of six, most children have the manual dexterity to brush their own teeth thoroughly. Have them brush with a soft-bristled kids’ toothbrush for two minutes at a time. Many kids find the motivation to brush their teeth by listening to toothbrushing songs like the toothbrushing song by Blippi. When they are done, help them to floss their teeth, and finish up by having them rinse away those loosened food particles with a kid-friendly mouthwash.
4. What is an orthodontic evaluation?
Your child should be evaluated by an orthodontist around their seventh birthday. During this visit, the orthodontist will look for bad habits that could cause permanent damage, such as thumb sucking, and will work with you to help correct the situation. The orthodontist will also look at your child’s bite and will check for crowded or crooked teeth. With an early orthodontic evaluation, your orthodontist or dentist can determine if treatment is needed now or if it can wait. When problems are caught earlier, it can reduce the overall treatment time and create a more comfortable overall experience for your child.
5. How is my child’s gum health?
During every dental cleaning and oral examination, your child’s dentist will take a look at their gums. Since gum disease can be sneaky, the dentist will look for early signs and will ask questions about regular bleeding of the gums when brushing or flossing. They’ll check for discolored gums that are red, swollen, or tender and any indication that your child’s gums are pulling away from teeth.
6. Any concerns for my child’s pediatrician?
Your child’s oral health and overall health are closely related. Your child’s dentist is trained to look for various medical conditions around the mouth, gums, and neck. If anything appears to be of concern, your dentist can provide you with a list of follow-on questions for your child’s physician. This partnership between parent, pediatrician, and dentist, is integral in helping your child achieve optimal health.
Schedule your child’s dental visit at River Walk Dental in Flower Mound, Texas.
If your child is due for their next dental cleaning and oral examination and it isn’t yet on the calendar, now is the time to book an appointment. Come prepared with questions to ask your family dentist, and we’ll be sure to have the answers to set you and your child on an excellent path to oral health. And if you aren’t sure what to ask beyond our helpful list, don’t worry because we have you covered.
Whether it is your first visit or you’ve been coming to see us for years, you and your child will quickly experience our compassionate team and approach to gentle care in a relaxing environment. We look forward to seeing you and your child soon.