Dental FAQ – Questions & Answers

In the dental FAQ below, you’ll find answers to the most common questions we get asked about children’s dental care.

If you still have a dental question that was not answered by this dental FAQ page, please feel free to contact us anytime. Our friendly dental staff is here to serve you and would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

We can be reached at 905-476-2800 or send us an email.

Child Dental Care Tips & Dental FAQ

When should my child start going to the dentist?

The Canadian Dental Association recommends that you take your young child to their first dentist appointment before their first birthday or no later than 6 months after their first tooth comes in.

What happens on my child’s first dentist appointment?

At your child’s first dentist appointment the pediatric dentist will do an initial oral examination to determine the health of the gums and placement of the baby teeth. This is typically done without any instruments and is meant to introduce your child to the office as a fun and safe place to visit. A first dental visit will allow the dentist to get to know your child and answer any questions you might have about proper dental care for young children. In cases where a child is presenting with pain or excessive plaque or tartar buildup, a dental cleaning or treatment appointment may also be combined with the child’s first visit.

How often should a child go to the dentist?

To ensure optimal oral health, dental checkups are recommended every 6 months for all ages according to the Canadian Dental Association. This is especially important for young children transitioning from their baby teeth to their permanent teeth. Depending on family history and oral health, more frequent appointments are sometimes necessary.

What is the age range for patients of Pediatric Dentistry?

A pediatric dentist is specifically trained to care for the oral health of children throughout their development from the age of 6 months up to 18 years of age.

What does a pediatric dentist do?

Pediatric dentistry is recognized by the Canadian Dental Association as a dental specialty and pediatric dentists specialize in treating children. Children’s dentists must complete advanced dental education in the oral care of developing children of all ages (generally from the age of 6 months through to adolescence and adulthood).

What is the difference between a general dentist and a pediatric dentist?

A pediatric dentist graduates from Dental School with a general dentist but then continues with another three years of focused academic and clinical training to receive a specialist designation in oral care for children. A pediatric dentist will have smaller-sized dental instruments and equipment that are more precise in treatment and more comfortable for younger patients. Kids dentists also have more knowledge of the latest research in managing children and their parents, plus more experience in treating difficult patients and cases.

Is milk bad for teeth at night?

The natural sugars in milk can be quite damaging if consumed prior to bedtime or during the night. Milk is an excellent source of calcium and is highly recommended for growing children but always clean your child’s teeth and gums immediately following milk consumption.

How do dentists clean baby teeth?

To clean baby teeth in children under 18 months, pediatric dentists recommend gently using a soft damp cloth (or gauze) or brushing with a child toothbrush and a little water. Morning and bedtime cleanings are highly recommended. Older children with baby teeth should be using a soft brush, age-appropriate toothpaste, and flossers. Flossing prevents many cavities in baby and adult teeth alike!

How long does it take for a tooth to break through the gums?

At about 6 months old your child will begin to get his or her first baby teeth. Teething generally takes up to 8 days with symptoms occurring about 3-4 days prior to the tooth pushing through the gum.

How bad can teething get?

The final stage of teething (from 25-33 months) tends to be the most painful as the largest of the baby teeth break through the gums. Teething is a normal process accompanied by mild pain, drooling, and fussiness. Should your child become sick, develop a fever, or have difficulty sleeping and can’t be consoled, you should take your child to see your doctor.

Is Baby Tylenol good for teething?

Yes, baby Tylenol can be used to help ease teething pain or if your child becomes sick or develops a slight fever. Baby Tylenol can be administered every 4 to 6 hours as needed, but no more than 5 doses in a 24-hr period.

In what order do baby teeth fall out?

Generally, the first baby teeth to fall out are the upper and lower central incisors (the 2 front top teeth and 2 front bottom teeth). The lateral incisors, first molars, and canine baby teeth generally fall out next, and then the second molars fall out last.

How long does it take for children’s front teeth to grow back?

Once a baby tooth falls out it can take up to 6 months or more for your child’s permanent tooth to grow in and replace it. In some cases, having a pediatric dentist insert a spacer is necessary to prevent more invasive braces or orthodontic work in the future.

How many teeth do kids have?

During teething, young children develop 20 baby teeth. These will eventually fall out and be replaced by 28 permanent teeth (usually by the age of 13). Adults generally have 32 teeth once wisdom teeth erupt.

Why are x-rays taken?

X-rays can show cavities, cracked teeth, bone damage, and even signs of oral pathology and infection plus conditions that can’t be seen during a normal oral examination. Modern x-ray machines are much safer and deliver very little radiation, and they help dentists to better determine your child’s overall oral health.

Are dental x-rays really necessary for kids?

Yes! Children are at a higher risk for cavities and oral health problems. Thankfully, exposure has been dramatically reduced with today’s modern x-ray equipment. The x-ray intensity is nowhere near where it used to be, and the beam precision is virtually laser focused.

About Keswick Kids Dental

We hope you found our dental FAQ helpful!

A pediatric dentist must complete advanced dental education  in the oral care of developing children of all ages (generally from the age of 6 months through to adolescence and adulthood).

Along with pediatric dentistry, Keswick Kids Dental also offers complete family dental care. We have an orthodontist (specialist in teeth irregularities) that regularly visits our kid’s dental clinic as well. We also treat adults with general dentists for our patients old enough to vote. No referral is required!

If you still have dental FAQ questions or would like more information about our children’s dental clinic, we can be reached at 905-476-2800 or send us an email.

Visit this blog page to find answers to additional common questions that parents ask us. For additional information about baby teeth, see this Baby Teeth Chart blog post.

Keswick Kids Dental is open 7 days a week plus we offer emergency dental services. We are located in the heart of Keswick Ontario at 24398 Woodbine Avenue.

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