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Pediatric Dental Care: Commonly Asked Questions

Feb 19 • 3 minute read

Becoming a parent comes with many surprises, and sometimes, it's the finer points that take us by surprise. One such commonly overlooked milestone is your child’s first dental appointment. Your child’s initial visit can lead to uncertainty. We are here to provide clarity on some of the more common questions you may have, such as when is the best time for their first appointment and what signs suggest they may need pediatric dental care


When should my child go to the dentist?

It's recommended to introduce your baby to dental visits sooner than you may expect. We recommended your child’s first visit to be around 12 months of age or within 6 months of their first tooth emerging. Typically brief, these appointments last less than 30 minutes. During this initial visit, you'll receive valuable insights into your child's oral health while your baby begins to familiarize themselves with using a toothbrush.

These early encounters play an important role in acclimating your child to dental care, significantly diminishing any fear towards dental visits as they grow older. Thanks to the welcoming and straightforward nature of these first appointments, they're affectionately known as "happy visits," laying a positive foundation for your child's ongoing oral health journey.


When should I take my child to the dentist for tooth pain?

Its important to address any tooth pain your child may be feeling, as healthy teeth do not hurt!  There are many possible causes of tooth pain, including:

  • Tooth decay

  • Gum disease

  • Infection

  • Teeth grinding

  • Abscessed tooth


Sinus infections can also lead to tooth pain. If your child experiences a toothache while they're sick, particularly with a sinus infection, it's advisable to inform your dentist about their illness when scheduling an appointment for pain relief. This ensures that the dentist can provide appropriate care and take any relevant factors into consideration during the visit.


When can my child return to school after tooth extraction?

Following an extraction, it's typical for your child to experience some soreness and discomfort around the site from where the tooth was removed. Using over-the-counter pain relief medication can provide relief from this discomfort. In many cases, children can resume their normal activities, including going to school, the day after the extraction if the pain is mild. However, if the pain is more intense and interferes with your child's ability to concentrate and learn, it's advisable to wait until it subsides before returning to school. If the pain persists or is significant, it's recommended to consult with your dentist to ensure there are no underlying issues that need attention.


How to stop a child from grinding teeth?

Bruxism, or teeth grinding, can lead to discomfort such as jaw pain and headaches for your child. In severe cases, it may even result in tooth damage. To mitigate potential pain and prevent harm, it’s important to seek dental treatment. A dentist can provide personalized care, often by crafting a custom mouthguard worn at night to reduce the impact of bruxism.


Importance of Pediatric Dental Care

We recognize that managing your child's dental care can be daunting, but it's a crucial part of your child’s health. By initiating early care, staying informed, and partnering with our dedicated pediatric dentists here in Marysville, you can establish the groundwork for excellent oral health and habits.

Our philosophy hinges on collaboration by engaging you, your child, and our seasoned professionals. Feel free to approach us with any inquiries or for guidance – we're committed to assisting you every step of the way. Moreover, we're delighted to extend a warm welcome to new patients! Make an appointment, and let's unite to ensure those smiles remain radiant and healthy!

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