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Our Voorhees & Mt. Laurel Dentist Answers Pediatric Dental FAQs

How do I handle a dental emergency?

The first thing we recommend you do in the event of a dental emergency is give our office a call right away and describe the problem. This allows us to better prepare for your arrival and we may also be able to give some assistance over the phone. If you’re unsure if the situation is an emergency, feel free to contact us or take a look at our list of dental emergencies that typically require same-day treatment. In the interest of avoiding dental emergencies, check out our custom athletic mouth guard services for children involved in contact sports.

When should my child first visit the dentist?

We recommend your child come see us by their first birthday or when their first tooth comes in, whichever happens first. We also suggest kids’ dental exams occur biannually, or every six months.

Are baby teeth important?

  While it’s true that your child’s baby teeth will eventually be replaced by adult teeth, that does not mean baby teeth are not important. Creating good dental hygiene habits with your child at a young age can help set them up for success in the long-run. You’ll want your child to keep their baby teeth clean and healthy to ward off avoidable dental problems in the future.  

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What is sleep dentistry? Is it safe for kids?

Sleep dentistry usually refers to general anesthesia, which is when a patient needs to be put under or “asleep” for a period of time for a procedure. While there is always a small amount of risk associated with general anesthesia, it is considered safe to use on children. We also offer several other types of sedation that are frequently used for a number of different reasons and treatments. At Growing Smiles, your child’s safety is always our top priority.

How early should children start brushing their teeth?

It is generally recommended that parents begin brushing their children’s baby teeth as soon as the first tooth grows in. Even before teething starts, it is recommended that you run a clean, damp washcloth along their gums every day to clear away bacteria. Once you begin brushing their teeth, use a small, infant toothbrush with soft bristles to gently clean your child’s teeth. Have any other questions about pediatric dentistry that we haven’t answered yet? Feel free to contact our office and we would be happy to answer them!