Frequently Asked Pediatric Dental Questions – Hamilton, ON

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Nobody hands you a how-to book on raising your little one. As a parent, it’s up to you to make sure they have a well-balanced diet, are getting a good pre-school education, and the list goes on forever. Our team at Hamilton Pediatric Dental Care is here to help take concerns off of your plate by thoroughly caring for and examining your little one’s mouth to make sure it’s developing properly and that there are no problems brewing. We’re also available to ask any questions you may have about children’s oral health—that way, you can know that you’re doing everything right.

When should my child’s first dental appointment be?

It’s recommended that you first bring your child in for a dental appointment by the time their first tooth grows in, or on or near their first birthday. These visits are usually low-pressure—our team will just examine their mouth in search of any issues. If they seem as though they aren’t stressed or anxious, we may also clean their teeth, but we make sure to never push the boundaries of their comfort.

Should I clean my infant’s gums? If so, how?

Yes! Cleaning your infants’ gums with cool water and a clean washcloth can help prevent bacteria from accumulating in their mouth.

What should I do if my child regularly gets cavities?

If your child is vulnerable to the threat of cavities, it could be because they’re still learning how to properly brush and floss their teeth. To make sure that they’re doing their at-home oral hygiene routine correctly and thoroughly, you can have them do it alongside you every morning and night. Or, you could ask their dentist in Hamilton if dental sealants or fluoride treatments could help improve their oral health.

What are some signs that my child needs interceptive orthodontic treatment?

Interceptive orthodontics, also sometimes referred to as Phase 1 Orthodontics, isn’t necessary for all children, but for those who are in the midst of developing serious orthodontic issues, like bite misalignment, this treatment can help. Our goal is to intervene as early as possible, before your child’s permanent teeth have grown in, and prevent them from needing more invasive treatment as a teen. Here are some signs that your little one may be able to benefit from this treatment:

  • Delayed loss of baby teeth
  • Thumb-sucking past the age of five
  • Mouth breathing
  • Difficulty chewing and biting
  • Complications with breathing

My child is having difficulty breastfeeding. Should I take them to see a dentist?

If your child is having difficulty latching while breastfeeding, breastfeeding is painful for you, they’re having a hard time digesting milk, or they’re especially fussy due to digestion issues, we may be able to help. These are all common signs of conditions called lip and tongue ties, which can be treated with a frenectomy. To learn more, view our services page or feel free to contact our dental office.

At what age are my child’s permanent teeth supposed to grow in?

Most children will start losing their temporary teeth between the ages of five and six years old. Most of their permanent teeth will be grown in between the ages of 12 and 13. It’s important to keep in mind that every child’s development is different, though, so don’t fret if this isn’t the case for your little one.