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Frequently Asked Questions - 646 Gresham Road | Atlanta GA 30316 | Office Phone: 404-212-9060
Why choose a pediatric dentist?
Pediatric dentists are the pediatricians of dentistry. Pediatric dentists have two to three years specialty training following dental school and limits his/her practice to treating children only. Pediatric dentists are primary and specialty oral care providers for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health needs.
When should I take my child to the pediatric dentist and how often does my child need to see the pediatric dentist?
In order to prevent dental problems, your child should see a pediatric dentist no later than his or her first birthday. It is important to establish a comprehensive and accessible ongoing relationship between the dentist and patient – referring to this as the patient's "dental home". A check-up every six months is recommended in order to prevent cavities and other dental problems. However, your pediatric dentist can tell you when and how often your child should visit based on their personal oral health.
When should we begin using toothpaste and how much should we use?
Fluoridated toothpaste should be introduced as soon as the first tooth erupts. Prior to that, parents should clean the child's gums with water and a cloth or a soft-bristled toothbrush. When the first tooth erupts, up until when the child can spit, parents should brush with a fluoride toothpaste the size of a grain of rice. Parents should supervise brushing, and when the child is able to spit and make sure the child uses no less than a pea-sized amount on the brush. Children should spit out and not swallow excess toothpaste after brushing.
How can parents help prevent decay?
For younger children, avoid nursing to sleep or putting anything other than water in their bedtime bottle. Also, learn the proper way to brush and floss your child's teeth. For older children, parents still must take an active role in teaching and supervising proper brushing and flossing techniques. Providing healthy balanced diets and taking your child to a pediatric dentist regularly to have his or her teeth and gums checked will help give your child a lifetime of healthy happy smiles.
Are thumb sucking and pacifier habits harmful for a child's teeth?
Thumb and pacifier sucking habits will generally only become a problem if they go on for a very long period of time. Most children stop these habits on their own, but if they are still sucking their thumbs or fingers when the permanent teeth arrive, a mouth appliance may be recommended by your pediatric dentist.
What can I do to protect my child's teeth during sporting events?
Mouth guards can be used to protect a child's teeth, lips, cheeks and gums from sport related injuries. Mouth guards are recommended for organized sports that have the potential for contact even when it is not mandated.
Why should the baby teeth be filled, since they will be lost anyway?
Even though these primary teeth are called "baby teeth", some of them must serve until the child is at least twelve years old, sometimes longer. Neglect of the baby teeth can result in pain, infection of the gums and jaws, impairment of general health, and premature loss of teeth, which is a major cause of orthodontic problems. Also, cavities tend to form in teeth that are next to other teeth with unfilled cavities, because decay is really an infection and will spread if left untreated. It is unwise to leave active decay in the mouth. Decay on baby teeth can cause decay on permanent teeth. Unfortunately, most children with untreated decay on baby teeth will develop decay on permanent teeth.
East Atlanta Pediatric Dentistry
Teresa Jordan DMD
2646 Gresham Road | Atlanta GA 30316
Office Phone: 404-212-9060
Mon - Thurs: 8-4 - Lunch: 12-1
Friday & Saturday - Closed