Questions to Ask Your Pediatric Dentist


As a parent, you may have many questions about your child’s smile. No worries, that’s completely normal! Our talented, passionate dental team at Dentistry for Children Virginia is here to answer all of your questions and help guide your child on their path to optimal oral health for life.

What Toothpaste Should My Child Be Using?

Developing proper tooth brushing techniques is the first step on your child’s journey to healthy smiles. Brushing your teeth twice daily is optimal for maintaining a healthy smile but take it up a level by using fluoridated toothpaste.

When shopping for toothpaste, fluoridated toothpaste can easily be found over the counter in the oral care section of your grocery store. Fluoride is helpful in fighting tooth decay, plaque, and tartar, as well as providing defense against gum disease.

For kids 6 and younger, use toothpaste with a low fluoride concentration. Younger children are more likely to swallow toothpaste than older children, and we want to help you ensure your child’s safety while achieving healthy smiles for life. Your child’s pediatric dentist can give you recommendations on the best-fluoridated toothpaste for your child.

When Should My Child Begin Flossing?

If your child no longer has visible gaps in between their teeth, then it is time to begin flossing. Daily flossing is another step in maintaining optimal oral health and provides another layer of defense against tooth decay and gum disease. Flossing is an excellent way to keep your teeth and gums healthy while also fighting the development of periodontal disease and bad breath. If you have questions about when to begin flossing, talk to your child’s dentist.

Should We Pull a Loose Tooth?

Having a loose tooth brings a lot of excitement for a child, and it’s hard to keep yourself from pulling it out. Even though wiggling a loose tooth is fun, our dentists recommend leaving the tooth alone until it is ready to fall out.

Pulling a loose tooth before it’s ready could cause damage to the gum tissue. To avoid any tissue damage, let your child’s primary teeth fall out on their own and look forward to a lifetime of healthy smiles!

Are Dental X-Rays Safe for Kids?

Your child’s safety is our main focus. Even though dental x-rays pose a very low risk to children, our dental team works to make that risk even smaller. When your child comes in for an x-ray, our dentists will provide contemporary safeguards, such as a lead apron and a thyroid collar, for your child to wear for the duration of the x-ray.

Dental x-rays provide a closer look into your child’s dental health and detect dental problems such as tooth decay, bone loss, and gum disease, as well as evaluate growing and developing teeth to determine the need for orthodontic treatment. Dental x-rays are only prescribed when necessary, but are essential in the early detection of dental issues and help us treat your child before a disease progresses.

How Often Should We Visit the Dentist?

At Dentistry for Children, we recommend bi-annual visits to the dentist for deeper teeth cleaning and to help keep your child on top of their oral care routine. During these visits, we’ll discuss the need for additional treatments, such as sealants or fluoride treatment.

Put healthy smiles on your schedule with regular dental cleanings, and help your child stay on top of optimal oral care. Schedule an appointment with us today, and our passionate, expert dentists will take care of your child’s smile!

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