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Questions to Ask Your Child’s Pediatric Dentist

As a part of your child’s dental check up appointment, their pediatric dentist will spend some time discussing their oral health with you. This will be a chance for them to relay information to their patient’s parent or guardian about anything that the dental team has observed during the appointment. This is also a chance for you to have some one on one time with a pediatric dentist and get all of your questions answered. As questions about your child’s oral health come up at home, try to write them on a list so that you can easily keep track of them and ask them all at once during the appointment. We wanted to make a list of a few of our commonly asked questions to help you!

What kind of toothbrush and other oral hygiene products do you reccomend?

There are some general guidelines you can follow when it comes to choosing the right toothbrush for your child depending on their age. While most pediatric dentists provide a new toothbrush for each patient at every visit, remember that you’ll want to replace your child’s toothbrush more often than that. You should be changing your family’s toothbrushes out at least every three months, so at least once between each dental checkup. Ask your child’s pediatric dentist about your child’s specific needs for toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, and mouthwash recommendations!

How do my child’s dietary restrictions affect their oral health?

At Kids’ Healthy Teeth, we consider nutrition a very important part of pediatric dental health. As your child grows up, it is important to make sure that they are consuming enough of the vitamins and nutrients needed to grow strong and healthy teeth. If your child has any kind of allergy or other dietary restriction, it is important to make sure that they are replacing that food with other nutrients. For example, if your child is lactose intolerant, you’ll want to make sure they are getting enough calcium from other sources. Your child’s pediatric dentist can help you determine which foods and supplements they need to balance their diet.

Will my child need braces?

While pediatric dentists are not able to perform orthodontic treatment on their patients, they have the unique opportunity to observe and track the progress of your child’s growth. Over the years, they will take x-rays at dental checkups and keep an eye out for changes and growth patterns. If something seems to be out of place, your child’s pediatric dentist will be able to recommend an orthodontic consultation, and provide referrals to great local orthodontists.

 

Here at Kids’ Healthy Teeth, we love to help our patients’ families tackle oral health from every angle they need. We will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about your child’s oral health. We are here to help! If you’re ready to schedule your child’s next pediatric dental appointment, call our office today!

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