Frequently Asked Questions
What’s the best way to clean my baby’s teeth?
It’s strongly recommended that you purchase a toothbrush that was specifically designed for a baby’s mouth. These come with very soft bristles and miniature heads. Brush your baby’s erupted teeth once a day, preferably before they go to sleep for the night. If you’d prefer to not use a toothbrush, rubbing the teeth with a washcloth also works.
How old should my child be when they visit the dentist for the first time?
Our doctors recommend that a first appointment should be scheduled when one of two criteria is met: 1) When the child’s first tooth erupts or 2) when the child has reached their first birthday. Even if your child’s teeth aren’t visible just yet, coming in around the age of one is a good time for our team to observe their oral development and provide you (the parent) with helpful tips on how to take care of their oral health.
That’s so early! Why does my child need dental care at that young age?
Even though your child’s first set of teeth (the primary, or “baby” teeth) will eventually fall out and be replaced by more permanent versions, this doesn’t mean that they don’t require quality care and professional attention. Primary teeth play a truly essential role in guiding your child’s oral development and dental function – in fact, they can affect their speech development! They also guide the developing adult teeth into their ideal positions.
How often should my child visit the dentist?
Just like adult patients, children should be visiting Texas Tiny Teeth Pediatric & Orthodontics every six months (twice a year) on average. This will allow our team in Irving, Frisco, Melissa, Sachse or Greenville, TX to assess their dental growth and ensure that there are no cavities, injuries, or other concerns that require treatment. In certain cases, we may recommend more frequent appointments so that we can assist your child’s growing smile as effectively as possible.
How can I help my child avoid dental decay and other common oral health issues?
Our team is happy to help by providing you with the information you need! The first step is to bring your son or daughter in for an appointment here at either of our two office locations. The most important tips to remember are to teach them the importance of practicing good oral hygiene habits, as well as eating a balanced diet that is high in calcium and low on damaging sweets.