(photo taken with iphone...snapping a pic with my nice camera during our morning routine is wishful thinking...)
If there's one thing I know for certain about parenthood it is that it is a constant learning process. I honestly feel like I learn something new every single day whether it be through other moms, mom blogs, or personal experience. There seem to be "experts" on almost every single subject when it comes to raising kids, but the one topic that I feel is a huge unknown to a lot of moms is dentistry. What should we be doing as a parent? When do we start brushing our kiddo's teeth? When should our little one have their first dental visit? So. Many. Questions.
Well, have no fear because today is part one of my pediatric dentistry series! My cousin and best friend, Dr. Erika Eaton, is the Program/Clinic Director at OU Medical Center/Children's Hospital and is here to help answer all of our questions! Dr. Eaton received her undergraduate degree from Baylor University and her DDS degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. What I love about Erika is that she has a wealth of knowledge and experience on this subject coupled with a realistic view of motherhood. I find myself constantly going to her with questions about Emma Grace and thought you all might like to hear some of her advice. Today is part 1: FAQs and be sure to stay tuned next week for part 2: parental tips.
Common Questions Parents Have for Pediatric Dentists:
- When should my child have their first dental visit?
- What does the first dental visit entail?
- Do you have any tips to help get toddlers to brush their teeth?
- When should I start flossing my child’s teeth?
- How many times should my child floss his/her teeth?
- How often does my child need to have a pediatric dental visit?
- How should I clean my baby’s teeth prior to their first visit?
- Is it really that important to clean their baby teeth?
- Are thumb sucking or pacifier sucking bad for my child’s teeth? If so, when should they stop sucking their thumb/pacifier?