Welcome to our pediatric dental FAQ page! We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions about pediatric dentistry in Commerce City, Colorado, to address any concerns or uncertainties you may have regarding your child’s oral health. Our aim is to provide you with helpful information to ease your mind. If you cannot find the answer you are looking for, our friendly team is here to assist you. Do not hesitate to reach out for further support or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lawrence Musanje, Dr. Artesha Porter or Dr. Karla Zinkann.
When should my child have their first dental visit?
It is recommended that your child visit the dentist by their first birthday or within six months after their first tooth erupts.
How often should my child have dental check-ups?
Regular dental check-ups every six months are generally recommended to monitor oral health, address any concerns, and prevent dental issues.
Are dental X-rays safe for children?
Yes, dental X-rays are safe, and we take necessary precautions to minimize radiation exposure, such as using lead aprons and digital X-ray technology.
When should my child start brushing their teeth?
As soon as the first tooth erupts, it is essential to start gently brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush and water. Once your child turns two, you can introduce a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste.
How can I help my child prevent cavities?
Encourage a consistent oral hygiene routine, limit sugary snacks and drinks, promote a balanced diet, and ensure regular dental visits for professional cleanings and preventive treatments like sealants.
What are dental sealants, and do they really help?
Dental sealants are protective coatings applied to the chewing surfaces of molars to prevent cavities. They are highly effective in reducing the risk of decay in the grooves of the teeth.
At what age do children typically get braces?
The age for orthodontic treatment varies, but it often starts between 9 and 14 years old when most permanent teeth have erupted. However, early evaluations are recommended to monitor development and intervene if necessary. With a consultation at Bright Star Kids Dentistry, our orthodontist can examine your child’s smile to see if they need braces.
What if my child is anxious about dental visits?
We offer various sedation options, such as nitrous oxide (laughing gas), to help anxious children feel more relaxed and comfortable during dental procedures.
Remember, open communication with your child’s dentist is key. If you have any concerns or questions specific to your child’s dental health, do not hesitate to reach out to our pediatric dentists and team at 303-286-2679. We are here to provide the best possible care for your child’s oral health journey.