Common Dental Questions from Parents

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We know children keep you busy and constantly on the go, so let’s get right down to the facts. Peoria’s family dentist, Dr. Ben Cooperman with Dental Ben’s helps answer some frequently asked questions by all parents regarding the care of their little one’s teeth.

What type of toothbrush should I use to clean my child’s teeth?

A soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head that has been designed specifically for infants. should be used at least once a day at bedtime.

When should I schedule my child’s first dental check-up?

Schedule your child’s first check-up once his/her first tooth appears and no later than his/her first birthday.

Is it important to take care of baby teeth?

It is important to make sure those baby teeth are getting cleaned as they not only help children speak clearly and chew naturally, but they also help in forming a path that permanent teeth can follow. Teaching your child to take care of his/her baby teeth now will ensure healthy teeth for life.

What should I do if my child has a toothache?

Rinse the irritated area with warm salt water and then place a cold compress on your child’s face if it is swollen. Give the child a pain reliever, but do not place aspirin on the teeth or gums. Schedule a dental check-up as soon as possible.

Is thumb sucking and/or the use of a pacifier harmful for a child’s teeth?

These habits will only become a problem if they go on for too long. If they are still sucking their thumbs or fingers past the age of three, a mouth appliance may be recommended by your dentist.

How often does my child need to see the dentist?

Generally, a check-up every six months is recommended in order to prevent cavities and other dental problems.

How much toothpaste should we use?

Use a “smear” of toothpaste to brush the teeth of a child 2 years of age and younger. For the 3-6 year-old, place a “pea-size” amount of toothpaste on your child’s toothbrush and help your child brush his/her teeth as young children do not have the ability to brush their teeth very well.  

How do I know if my child is getting enough fluoride?

Your Peoria family dentist can evaluate the fluoride level of your child’s primary source of drinking water. If your child is not getting enough fluoride internally through water, then your dentist may prescribe fluoride supplements.

What can I do to protect my child’s teeth during sporting events?

Soft plastic mouthguards can be used to protect a child’s teeth, lips, cheeks and gums from sport related injuries. A custom-fitted mouthguard developed by a specialized dentist is the most efficient option.

What should I do if my child falls and knocks out a permanent tooth?

The most important thing to do is to remain calm. Then find the tooth. Pick it up by the crown rather than the root. Place the tooth in a glass of milk and take your child and the glass immediately to the dentist.

How safe are dental X-rays?

There is very little risk in dental X-rays. Lead aprons and high-speed film are used to ensure safety and minimize the amount of radiation.

If you have any other questions, Peoria’s family dentist, Dr. Ben Cooperman is always available. Call our office to schedule your children’s next dental check-up. We look forward to creating a great first experience for your children and seeing them leave with a beautiful smile on their faces.

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