When it comes to your children’s health and dental care, we know you want only the very best. Here at Children’s Dentistry in Newton, MA, we want to make sure that your child has a positive experience that will set the course for them for good oral hygiene in the future. Here are some of our most frequently asked questions regarding our pediatric dental services:

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How should I clean my infant’s teeth?

Ideally, a small, soft toothbrush designed for babies should be used. Gently brush your baby’s teeth at least once a day at bedtime.

When should I take my child for their first dental visit?

You want to make sure that there are no dental issues with your child’s new teeth, so he/she should see a pediatric dentist when their first teeth appear, or at least by his/her first birthday.

How is Children’s Dentistry in Newton, MA different than a regular family dentist?

Besides dental school, a pediatric dentist has two to three years of specific pediatric training.

How important are baby teeth for my child?

Baby teeth are important because they help a child learn to chew well and to utilize clear, proper speech. They also help to create a path for their permanent teeth when they start to come in.

How do I treat a toothache in my child?

Use warm salt water to gently rinse the area that is affected. If his/her face is swollen, place a cold compress on the area to reduce swelling. You may use acetaminophen for pain if needed and be sure to see a pediatric dentist right away.

What about pacifiers and thumb-sucking? Can they harm a child’s teeth?

Usually, thumb-sucking or the use of a pacifier only becomes a problem if it continues for a longer than normal period of time. Often a child will stop these habits on their own at some point, but if it continues any longer than age three, your pediatric dentist may recommend a mouth appliance.

How often do I need to take my child to the pediatric dentist?

Ideally, your child should have a check-up every six months in order to prevent potential dental problems such as cavities.

When should I start using toothpaste to brush my child’s teeth? How much should I use?

For infants, you can clean their gums with just a cloth and water or a very soft baby toothbrush. When baby teeth begin to erupt, use a tiny bit of fluoride toothpaste and a small, soft, children’s toothbrush to brush teeth twice a day.

What kinds of foods are best to help protect my child’s teeth?

Here at Children’s Dentistry in Newton, MA, we highly recommend limiting sugar and even starches to help prevent tooth decay and damage to your child’s teeth. In addition, consuming one serving daily of vegetables, fruit, dairy, bread or cereal, meat, fish and eggs will help your child develop a balanced diet for dental as well as overall health.

What are dental sealants?

Teeth have crevices where food and other particles can become lodged and cause cavities or other damage. Dental sealants fill in these crevices with a protective barrier to keep food out and protect the tooth.

Is there a way to know about fluoride levels? Is my child getting enough?

Fluoride is often added to drinking water and you can have your pediatric dentist measure its level in your main source of water. If this amount is inadequate, he may prescribe fluoride supplements for your child.

What should I use to protect my child’s teeth while playing sports?

During sporting events, the use of a soft, plastic mouthpiece will help protect not only your child’s teeth, but also their gums, lips and cheeks from injury. Children’s Dentistry in Newton, MA can custom fit a mouthpiece specifically for your child to ensure proper fit and maximum protection for their teeth, face, and even injuries to the head.

At Soft Touch Dentistry in Newton, MA, we understand that children are children, not just small adults. They are not always able to understand and behave as an adult would at the dentist, and we offer pediatric dental services to treat them in ways to help them feel comfortable. If you have any other questions or would like to schedule a check-up, please give us a call and we will be happy to help you!