Today marks the second and final part of our pediatric dental series! We have the fabulous pediatric dentist, Dr. Erika Eaton, guesting on our blog this morning to answer our questions and give us all her tips and tricks for getting littles to brush and floss their teeth! If you missed last week's post where Dr. Eaton answered all of our FAQs, you can access it here.
Now that Dr. Eaton has answered all of our burning questions, she is using today to give her favorite tips for parents to use to help maintain their child's dental health. It seems like there's so much to keep track of these days to keep our babes healthy and on the right track, but what I love about Dr. Eaton's responses is that she makes it all seem so simple and easy to incorporate into your daily routine! Enjoy and please feel free to email me with any questions you may have!
TIPS FOR PARENTS:
- When should I stop bottle feeding?
- How often should I change my child’s toothbrush?
- What kind of toothpaste should my child use?
- Should I let him brush his own teeth or should I help?
- When should teeth first come in?
- When should teeth first start falling out?
- What’s the difference between a pediatric dentist and a family dentist?
- How do I make my child’s diet safe for his teeth? Are there certain foods/liquids I should be avoiding?
- Truth or myth. It’s bad for my child to fall asleep with a bottle.
- How do I know if my child is getting enough fluoride?
- What should I do if my child has a toothache?
If your child is in pain, you can go ahead and give them Tylenol. Schedule a visit with your dentist as soon as possible. The emergency visit will usually entail an x-ray or x-rays and a limited exam (problem focused on the area that is bothering the child). Based on the child’s evaluation and source of pain, the dentist might decide to treat the toothache, (example 1: if the child has an abscessed tooth and swelling, that would be something that would require immediate treatment, example 2: child’s source of pain is an erupting tooth which would not require any immediate treatment, just palliative measures). Antibiotics and/or pain medication may be prescribed at the visit as needed based on the source of the toothache.
xx - anna & emma grace