Do you have a burning question you’ve been wanting to ask, but unsure where to start? We are answering the top questions we receive here at Happy Kids Dentistry! Don’t see your question on the list? Shoot us an email or give us a call. The best thing you can do for your child is to be well informed about their oral health and habits.
Q. My child is growing another set of teeth behind his/her original set?
A. Don’t worry, this is very normal! Sometimes called shark teeth, this is often fixed by our own body. The tongue is the strongest muscle in the body, and will push those back teeth into place. If your child has this, his/her baby front teeth should feel loose. If they don’t feel loose at all, we recommend you come in to have one of our pediatric dentists take a look. Sometimes we have to help by removing the baby teeth to let the tongue push the new teeth in place.
Q. My child lost his/her front teeth, but the permanent tooth never came in. What do I do?
A. Sometimes teeth don’t come in right away. Keep an eye on it! After a few months of watching, if nothing has happened, we recommend coming in for a visit take a panoramic x-ray to make sure the teeth are in the correct place.
Q. My child has a cavity, is it necessary to fill it?
A. It is very important to schedule a dental checkup to review the cavity, so we can help determine the severity of it. If it's a small cavity on a baby tooth for an 11 year old, there may be no need to work on it. But because some baby teeth stay in a child's mouth until the age of 12, cavities can progress and become more painful and infectious. At that point, we feel it is best to fill the cavity, to ensure your child is able to eat, learn, play and sleep without pain and cavity-free.
Q. My child has a cross bite! How do we fix it?
A. We recommend you schedule a visit with our pediatric dentist to assess the need for early intervention appliance therapy. Fixing this early will help ensure a lifetime of a healthy and happy smile!
Q. My child sucks his thumb. Will this affect his/her teeth?
A. Thumb sucking habits could create severe malocclusion (bad bite). It relies on duration of thumb sucking and the intensity the child sucks the thumb. There are multiple ways to curb this habit, please consult with our pediatric dentists to give you easy home recommendations. Sometimes we may need to interfere with habit appliances or treatment with braces.
Q. When is a good time to get rid of my baby’s pacifier?
A. While every child is different, the easiest time to wean your baby from a pacifier is typically before age 1, we always ask the parents to consider if they stop the pacifier would their child switch to a thumb sucking habit then we recommend not to stop the pacifier yet. Each family has its own dynamics, and a team approach between the pediatric dentist and the parents could help facilitate a convenient time to stop the pacifier.
Q. When will my baby’s first tooth come in? What signs should I look for?
A. The development of a baby’s first tooth can vary, and there’s nothing you can do to speed up or slow down the process. It is perfectly normal for your baby’s first tooth to come in anytime from 0 to 10 months old. The first signs to look for include swollen gums, fussiness, a slightly raised temperature (less than 101 F), chewing on toys, lots of drooling and a change in his/her sleeping patterns.
Q. My child is fussy and teething. What should I do to help the process of teething easier for him/her?
A. Teething is an uncomfortable time for your baby, but there are many ways you can help ease the process. In addition to lots of snuggles, we recommend giving him/her ice toys to chew on, rather than teething gels. Research shows they are harmful for children, and we don’t recommend introducing unnecessary chemicals into your baby’s mouth. We also recommend rubbing your baby’s gums with a cold washcloth, drying excess drool and using over-the-counter pain medication when absolutely necessary.