Your child’s first visit to the dentist is an important first impression! The experience can color your son or daughter’s attitude towards oral hygiene for a lifetime. Whatever conversation takes place before the appointment, take care not to unconsciously instill fear in your child. Before you leave, simply discuss the appointment in a clear and matter of fact manner. Explain that our friendly dentist will count their teeth and help keep the teeth and mouth healthy. To help prepare you and your child for your visit to My Dental Care Family Dentistry, Dr. Cynthia Becker has prepared this list of our most frequently asked questions.
Frequently Asked Questions
When should children begin visiting the dentist?
Age 1 year.
Why do we fix primary (baby) teeth that have tooth decay?
Primary (baby) teeth require restorations to keep the spacing open for the permanent teeth to erupt properly.
When will my child begin losing their teeth?
Between 6 to 10 mos. Refer to the baby teeth eruption chart below.
Is my child’s thumb-sucking habit damaging their teeth?
After the loss of some primary teeth, the pressure from thumb or finger sucking causes distortion in the front jaw formation. This creates problems for the permanent teeth, which may be rotated or crowded, erupting into a triangular shaped jaw instead of a C shape jaw.
My child is involved in sports. Should my child be wearing a mouthguard?
Protecting the teeth with a mouthguard prevents expensive dental repairs on broken teeth.
My child’s tooth has been knocked out. What should I do?
Call our office for after-hours treatment as soon as possible! If it is a permanent tooth, keep the intact tooth in the child’s mouth — if they are old enough to not swallow it — or in milk. Primary (baby) teeth cannot usually be replanted. If permanent teeth are replanted, they may require endodontics (root canal) treatment to be retained.
Do you still have questions? Call our office at 317-849-0999 and one of our friendly team members can talk with you about children’s dentistry in Fishers, Indiana.