Pediatric Dentist FAQs

For any parents, dental care for your kids can be a big, unknown area that can leave you feeling pretty lost, since it’s something you would never really think about until you have kids of your own. While you may want to make sure your children have healthy smiles, you may not know where to begin, and that’s why Dr. Jacob Myers is here to guide you. As the trusted, local pediatric dentist for the community of East Lansing, Dr. Myers has helped countless parents give their kids the gift a healthy smiles for years, providing professional pediatric dental treatment and a comfortable experience for both parents and kids alike. To make sure you have all the information you need about getting your kids started with their dental care, we’ve put together this list of answers to the most frequently asked questions we’ve gotten from parents over the years. Browse the list of questions and answers below!

What Is The Difference Between A Pediatric & General Dentist?

A pediatric dentist is a professional dentist who has specialized in the diagnosis and treatment of dental issues in children ranging from infants to adolescents. To be officially recognized as a pediatric dentist, one must go through two to three years of extra training after they’ve graduated from dental school, as well as limit their practice to treating children only. While other standard dentists can still provide general dental care to kids, a pediatric dentist has more experience and knowledge when it comes to a child’s oral health, so choosing a pediatric dentist is more likely to provide your kids with superior care and more reliable results.

When Should My Child’s First Dental Visit Be?

The American Dental Association recommends that you take your child to see a pediatric dentist as soon as they get their first tooth or by their first birthday at the latest. While this may seem very early, initial signs of dental issues can already start to appear at that age. By taking them in for their first appointment, your child’s pediatric dentist can keep close watch over their oral health and dental development, making any plans for preventative treatment if necessary.

How Often Should My Kids See A Dentist?

To keep your child’s smile free from tooth decay and other oral health issues, we recommend that your child come in for a regular check up and teeth cleaning every six months. In the case that your child does have any oral health issues and requires treatment, more frequent visits to the pediatric dentist may be necessary.

Do I Need To Brush My Baby’s Teeth?

Yes. Baby food, formula, and breast milk all contain tiny food particles that can build up on your baby’s teeth and gums, which will eventually turn into bacteria that can cause damage to their developing smile. You can get toothbrushes and toothpaste that are specifically made for brushing your infant’s teeth, and if you need any help, just visit Dr. Myers’ office and we’ll be able to guide you.

What Is Teething?

Teething is the phase of your child’s oral development where their primary teeth or “baby” teeth first start to erupt through the gum tissue. Unfortunately, this process is causing your baby a lot of discomfort, which is why they often cry and seem restless during this phase. Their first teeth will typically start to develop around the 7 to 10 week mark, and the teething process can take about 1 to 7 days per tooth.

How Do I Soothe My Baby When They’re Teething?

A quick and easy solution to soothe your baby’s discomfort from teething is by using a cold, wet washcloth and rubbing your baby’s gums with it. You can also get teething rings, which you chill in the freezer and give to your baby so they can press their gums against it to ease their pain.

What Do I Do When My Child Loses A Permanent Tooth?

First, do your best to find the tooth and grab it by the crown part, not the root, and attempt to put the tooth back into the socket. If that doesn’t work, put the tooth in a glass of milk, which will help prevent it from drying out, and schedule a visit to the pediatric dentist as soon as possible.

Are Dental X-Rays Safe For Kids?

The amount of radiation exposure during an x-ray is extremely minimal, and is harmless to patients of all ages. Regardless, your child’s pediatric dentist will take every precaution to ensure that your child is perfectly, such as lead vests and high speed film that reduce radiation exposure as much as possible. .

Didn’t Find Your Answers? Contact Us Today!

If you have more questions about your child’s dental care and you didn’t find the answers on this list, just contact us at the pediatric dental office of Dr. Jacob Myers, and a member of our staff will gladly help you get the information you need. To get your kids started on the path to a healthy smile and great oral health, schedule their first appointment with us at our local East Lansing, MI office today by giving us a call or filling out our online appointment request form. We look forward to welcoming you and your kids into our family of healthy, smiling patients!