FAQ’s

FAQ’s For Your Pediatric Dentist in Creve Coeur

What is a pediatric dentist?
What age should a child have a first dental visit?
Why are baby teeth important and why take care of them?
When should a caregiver start and stop brushing a child’s teeth?
Why are X-rays needed?
Can parents come back?
How do you treat a young child with cavities?
What is fluoride?
My child’s adult tooth is coming behind their baby teeth. What do I do?
When do teeth first come in?
What are sealants and how do they work?
What are the stains on my child’s teeth?
Is pain with a tooth coming in normal?
After treatment

What is a pediatric dentist?

A pediatric dentist is a dentist who has gone through 2 to 3 years of additional training in treating only children. Through the pediatric dental program a pediatric dentist is exposed to more treatment modalities and views your child’s dental health through the eyes of growth, development and long term care.

What age should a child have a first dental visit?

The AmericanAcademy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a first dental visit by the age of 6 months or within 6 months of when a tooth first erupts – 1 year of age. Research shows a “well baby” dental check up leads to a history of healthy teeth in the future with less dental decay.

Why are baby teeth important and why take care of them?

Baby teeth hold the place for the permanent tooth to come in and help in the development of the jaw bones. They also help a child chew their food. The back baby molars will be in a child’s mouth in some cases until the age of 12 or more and it’s very important to prevent and/or fix cavities to help ensure the health of the permanent tooth.

When should a caregiver start and stop brushing a child’s teeth?

A caregiver should start brushing a child’s teeth when they first erupt around the age of 6 months. A child needs help brushing their teeth, until they can develop their fine motor skills around 7 years of age.

Why are X-rays needed?

X-rays are used to check for cavities between teeth. Some X-rays are used to check for normal development and they also serve as a primary cancer screen, sometimes. We will take only the necessary X-rays as we are aware of the minimal exposure to radiation.

Can parents come back?

Before I answer this question, I do want to state that every child and his/her needs are different. As a general rule, parents come back with children under the age of 3. When a child is older than 3 and can communicate, we would like to build rapport with your child and help them understand that “shining” their teeth or applying “tooth vitamins” is easy and they do not need their parents there for that. In our experience, children look up to their parents as a rescue source and they do a lot better when parents are not in the room. We do take some cases into consideration where there may be development concerns or communication issues with your child, in which case, a parent’s presence is not only needed but recommended. Again, every case is different and we will only move in the direction of what we feel is in your child’s best interest based on our experiences.

How do you treat a young child with cavities?

We offer several treatment modalities, but first and foremost, we keep our appointments easy and fun. We encourage non-threatening words such as “sleepy juice”, “spraying juice”, “washing cavity bugs”, “shining your teeth” and other words instead of the scary alternatives. Some children need more time and we do take the time to show them what we are doing. In some cases, children may need the help of “happy air”. We will use “happy air” when needed. There may be times a child is just too young to understand why we have to fix their cavities or is just too anxious to be able to sit still. In such cases, we have partnered with Premiere Dental Anesthesiology to help come into our office to administer general anesthesia to enable us to complete their dental treatment. Always discuss with Dr. Ahmed what will be the best direction for your child’s optimal dental care.

What is fluoride?

Fluoride helps strengthen a child’s tooth and helps prevent cavities. There are 2 kinds of fluoride – one that is found in our water and one that is applied by the dentist. Both forms are necessary in achieving optimal dental health.

My child’s adult tooth is coming behind their baby teeth. What do I do?

That is one of our most commonly asked questions. It is very normal for adult teeth to come far behind the baby tooth and in some cases both adult and baby teeth are present as 2 rows of teeth. It is completely normal. However, it’s important to try and be more conscientious about brushing the teeth in the area as it can serve as a food trap.

When do teeth first come in?

For a baby, the first tooth can be expected around the age of 6 months. That’s just a standard marker. I have even seen babies not get their teeth in for 15 months. It’s not an issue. Remember to bring your baby in for a first dental visit by the age of 1 and we can go over teething and tooth eruption.

What are sealants and how do they work?

Sealants are coatings that are placed on the chewing surfaces of the permanent teeth. They help prevent cavities by “sealing” the grooves through which the bacteria can enter and cause tooth decay.

What are the stains on my child’s teeth?

Stains can be caused by several factors. They can be dental decay (cavities) but they can also be caused by diet. Sometimes, in babies black stains that can be polished away by the dentist, can be the result of iron vitamins. Always come in to be evaluated.

Is pain with a tooth coming in normal?

Around the age of 6, a child will be getting their “6 year molars” and sometimes during the eruption of the tooth, the area could be tender. If your child who doesn’t otherwise have any cavities, complains of a toothache in the back, we would recommend warm salt water rinses. In most cases, this should be normal.

After treatment

A good source for information would be the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry: www.aapd.org

Effects of anesthetic: The “sleepy juice” is meant to make your child’s teeth, gums, lips, tongue feel “sleepy”. Most children are unfamiliar with the sensation and tend to chew, scratch and play with the affected side. Please monitor your child during this time and remind them to NOT explore the area to prevent injury. It is recommended that your child not eat for 2 hours after his/her appointment. Please call our office with any questions or concerns regarding the anesthetic.

Extractions: If your child had a tooth “wiggled”, remember not to let them rinse for the rest of the day. Avoid spitting excessively and also do not drink through a straw. Some “red juice” is normal and expected. However, if you feel it’s unusual, place folded piece of cotton gauze over the affected site and have your child bite firmly for 15 minutes. Children’s Tylenol or Advil can we used for discomfort if necessary. Please follow directions on the bottle. Do not hesitate to call our office with any questions or concerns regarding your child’s treatment.

Restorations: If your child had a princess or spiderman filling, continue routine care of such restorations with brushing and flossing. Wait ‘till the “sleepy” feeling wears out before your child can resume his/her normal diet.

For any questions or concerns do not hesitate to contact the office at (636) 527-2779.

 

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