Children's Dental Health FAQ
1. Why is it important to visit a dentist on a regular basis?
- The surest way to maintain optimal oral health and prevent oral disease is through regular oral hygiene and regular visits to your dentist. Also, overall physical health has been linked to good oral health. Your dentist can help ensure both good oral health and overall physical health.
2. When should my child start seeing a dentist?
- 6 months old is a great time to start a good habit of going to the dentist.
3. What effects can thumb sucking have on my child’s teeth? How can I help him stop sucking his thumb?
- Thumb or pacifier sucking can have severe detrimental effects on the growth and development of a child. There are many strategies that can be used to stop this harmful habit. It is best to visit your dentist to develop a custom plan that will help both you and your child.
4. Does Smile Magic offer payment plans for patients with no insurance?
- We know taking care of your smile can be expensive, but we have made it easier for you to get the dental care you need at a price you can afford! We offer two different payment plans that will fit your specific needs. These payment plans allow you to control how much you will pay each month. In order to set up the payment plan you will need to come to your appointment with your bank account information. That’s it! We will take care of the rest.
5. How can I tell if my wisdom teeth are ready to be pulled?
- Wisdom teeth generally will begin to cause issues or problems beginning at 16-19 years old. The average age for extraction of problematic wisdom teeth is 16-19 years old. Extracting wisdom teeth at this time generally leads to the quickest healing process with the prevention of problems that can develop later. The only way to truly know the position and condition of your wisdom teeth is through dental radiography. It is highly encouraged to visit your dentist to get an evaluation before they begin to give you problems.
6. What procedures can be done while pregnant?
- Most dental procedures may be completed while pregnant. There are a few exceptions to this rule, as well as some precautions that should be taken. However, pregnancy should not prevent you from going to the dentist. In fact, specific oral health issues can arise during pregnancy and it is best practice to visit the dentist on a regular basis while pregnant to prevent those issues from happening. If you are pregnant or suspect that you might be make sure to advise your dentist when you visit them.
7. When does my child need braces?
- Most children receive braces between the ages of 11-14, however, an orthodontic evaluation can be performed much earlier than that. There are many cases where an evaluation would be very helpful prior to that age. If you suspect that your child might need braces or if you have any questions about the likelihood of your child needing braces don’t hesitate to schedule an evaluation. Also, it is never too late to get braces. Many adults could benefit tremendously from straightening their teeth.
8. Is teeth whitening safe?
- Teeth whitening is safe. There are very few limitations on whitening your teeth. Whitening does not weaken or damage the teeth and is safe in most instances. There are over the counter solutions which have been proven to be effective, however the most effective methods for whitening your teeth can only be found at your dentist office.
9. What should I do if my child’s cap is loose or has come out?
- Dental caps or crowns play a critical role in protecting your child’s teeth and making them stronger and more resistant to infection. If your child’s cap or crown has come loose or you suspect it might be, it is critical that you get into your dentist as soon as possible. Not fixing a loose crown or cap could lead to severe infections or extraction of that tooth.
10. Should a child get braces if they still have some baby teeth?
- There are many children that do require braces prior to losing all of their baby teeth. This needs to be determined specifically on a case by case basis by your dentist or orthodontist. If you do have questions or suspect that your child might need braces, it is best to consult with your dentist or orthodontist as soon as possible so that any intervention can be started as early as possible. Many orthodontic or dental related issues can be best addressed by taking care of them early before larger problems occur.
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