We all have questions about our little ones and how we can best take care of them. Dr. Sara answers some of the most common questions parents have.
Dr. Sara recommends using a pacifier until 18 months and then eliminating the habit by 24 months to help try and minimize these changes. We understand that this can be difficult, but we can discuss ways to help with this at home. Thumb sucking is a more difficult habit to break. We would be happy to discuss different methods with you to help stop this habit as soon as possible.
Ideally we start flossing when two teeth are touching. The toothbrush bristles just can’t get in between those teeth to clean it. Using the small tooth flossers can make this a much easier experience for both you and your child.
One of the best things you can do as a parent is make sure you are a good role model for total health. Eat and drink healthy things, brush and floss regularly and visit your dentist every six months. Your kids look up to you and will watch for good behaviors.
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The American Association of Pediatric Dentists has published some emergency guidelines. You can read them here, or download the PDF.
Knocked Out Baby Tooth: Once a baby tooth has been knocked out there is no chance to save it. Do not attempt to re-implant a baby tooth as it could cause damage to the permanent tooth that is developing. Let us know if this happens and we can evaluate to make sure there are no other injuries.
Damaged Permanent Tooth (Chip or Fracture): Depending on the extent of the injury this can be a small problem or a very sensitive tooth. Call us to discuss the extent of the injury so we can decide on an appropriate course of action.
Knocked Out Permanent Tooth: Find it and hold it by the crown of the tooth, not the root. Rinse it with water only. Never use soap or scrub the tooth. If you cannot re-insert the tooth then transport it in milk or saliva. No matter what, time is critical. Get to a dentist quickly and safely.
Chipped or Fractured Baby Tooth: Depending on the extent of this injury this can be a small problem or more complicated. Call us so we discuss the extent of the injury so we can decide on an appropriate course of action. With a baby tooth the treatment options may be limited compared to an adult tooth and we it may require additional visits to re-evaluate for signs of infection.
Possible Broken or Fractured Jaw: Keep your child from moving his or her jaw. Then take your child to the nearest hospital or emergency room.