Adam Vaghari, DDS
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It is recommended that your child has their first dental visit by their first birthday or within six months after their first tooth erupts. Early dental visits help establish a foundation for good oral health and allow the dentist to monitor your child’s dental development from an early age.
Regular dental visits are crucial for maintaining optimal oral health. It is generally recommended that children visit the pediatric dentist every six months. However, the frequency may vary depending on your child’s specific dental needs and the dentist’s recommendation.
Dental x-rays are considered safe for children when appropriate safety measures are taken. The level of radiation exposure is minimal, and lead aprons and collars are used to protect your child’s body from unnecessary exposure. Dental x-rays are valuable diagnostic tools that help identify dental issues that may not be visible during a visual examination.
To help prepare your child for their dental appointment, you can talk to them about what to expect in a positive and age-appropriate manner. Use simple language and avoid using words that may cause fear or anxiety. Reading children’s books about visiting the dentist or playing pretend dentist at home can also help familiarize them with the experience.
You can help your child maintain good oral hygiene by encouraging them to brush their teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Assist them until they have developed the dexterity to do it effectively on their own. Additionally, teach them the proper technique of flossing and encourage a healthy diet that limits sugary snacks and drinks.
Dental sealants are thin protective coatings applied to the chewing surfaces of your child’s back teeth (molars and premolars). They create a barrier that helps prevent tooth decay by sealing out food particles and bacteria. Sealants are a safe and effective way to protect your child’s teeth from cavities, especially in areas that are difficult to clean with a toothbrush.
Yes, baby teeth are important even though they are eventually replaced by permanent teeth. Baby teeth help children chew food properly, speak clearly, and maintain space for the eruption of permanent teeth. They also play a role in guiding the proper alignment and development of the jaw and facial bones.
In the event of a dental emergency, it is important to remain calm. Contact us immediately for guidance. If a tooth is knocked out, try to gently place it back in its socket or store it in milk or saliva until you can see the dentist. For other emergencies such as a severe toothache or a broken tooth, follow the dentist’s instructions and seek prompt professional care.