Pass Pediatric Dental Group

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Preventive Dentistry

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When it comes to your little one’s oral health, we hope you have a lot of questions. As your pediatric dentist in Beaumont, we are here to be your partners in helping you maintain your child’s oral health.

We have compiled some of the questions we hear most often from parents; however, please contact our office if you don’t see the answer to your question here.

Preventive Dentistry

At The Pass Pediatric Dental Group, we love to partner with parents to help educate them about their child’s oral health. Many of the decisions you make on a daily basis for your child can affect their teeth such as their nutrition, the snacks they eat, and their oral hygiene routine.

Believe it or not, good oral hygiene habits should begin with your help even before baby teeth arrive. You can remove bacteria from your baby’s gum tissue by wiping it down with a warm cloth after feedings. When their first teeth arrive, begin brushing right away with a small, soft brush designed for infants.

As they get older, teach them proper brushing and flossing techniques and use a smear amount of fluoride toothpaste from ages 1-3 yrs old and a pea size amount from 3-6 years old. If you don't feel comfortable using fluoride toothpaste before your little one is able to spit, you can use use xylitol toothpaste.

Regular checkups with Dr. Meghanne at The Pass Pediatric Dental Group are also important for maintaining your child’s oral health. They should be visiting their pediatric dentist in Beaumont for cleanings and checkups every six months just like you do.

Give our office a call if you have further questions or would like to schedule an appointment for your child.

Did you know that you should be cleaning your baby’s mouth even before their teeth arrive? Wiping down their gums and other soft tissues with a warm washcloth after feedings helps remove bacteria from their mouth.

Introduce toothpaste with fluoride can when your baby’s first teeth arrive. Use a smear of it on a soft brush designed for infants. They can graduate to a pea-sized amount at the age of 2-5 years old. Use an age-appropriate brush that is designed to fit in your child’s mouth with soft bristles, so you don’t injure delicate gum tissue.

Parents should supervise and help with brushing until around the age of 8 years old when their head dexterity is fully developed to ensure that your son or daughter is using the right technique. Also, begin flossing as soon as their teeth have arrived and are contacting.

If you do not want to use toothpaste containing fluoride for your child, we recommend using a xylitol toothpaste. Xylitol is safe to swallow and helps to reduce that cavity-causing bacteria in your child’s mouth.

Contact your team at The Pass Pediatric Dental Group if you have additional questions about brushing your child’s teeth.

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Our plan is to re-open on May 18, 2020 for patients who have more urgent treatment needs or currently have any dental pain or concerns. Please CLICK HERE to view our detailed protocols for reopening our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at (951) 849-6655.