Dr. Carla LaLande and our dental team understand that dental care, especially pediatric dental care, and orthodontics can be quite confusing and overwhelming. This is why we have provided a Frequently Asked Questions page. We hope the answers provided will help you better care for your child’s smile and oral health. If you have additional questions that were not included in this page, please feel free to call Children's Dental Care & Orthodontics at 702-254-8858 and talk to a member of our dental team in Las Vegas, Nevada.
What is a pediatric dentist?
A pediatric dentist is a dental specialist who completes extra years of education that is specific to the care of children’s teeth. This specialty is different from traditional dentists because a child’s teeth are more sensitive to treatments, food, and dental tools. A pediatric dentist is also more gentle, fun, and kind because they are passionate about caring for children’s smiles.
When should I bring my child in for their first dental visit?
It’s best to bring your child into our office for their first dental checkup by the time they turn 1 year old or six months after their first tooth erupts from the gums. It’s important to have your child visit a pediatric dentist at an early age because it teaches your child the importance of dental care and oral hygiene. It also helps your child feel comfortable with the dentist. Creating that relationship is important for the comfort of your child during appointments.
How often should my child visit the pediatric dentist?
It’s important for your child to see Dr. Carla LaLande every six months to keep the teeth clean and healthy. However, depending on your child’s oral health, he might recommend having your child visit the dental office more frequently.
When should I start cleaning my baby’s teeth and how do I clean them properly?
You should clean your child’s mouth immediately, which means you should wipe their gums with a wet washcloth after a feeding. This is necessary even if they don’t have any teeth. Once one or more teeth grow into place, you can continue to wipe their mouth with the washcloth or you can use a baby toothbrush and water. It’s important to remember that you should also bring your child in to see their dentist six months after their first tooth erupts or by their first birthday.
What should I do when my child starts losing their baby teeth?
When your child loses a tooth, it’s time to celebrate! Losing a tooth means your child is becoming a big kid. It’s a big milestone. Deciduous teeth should fall out of place on their own, so you don’t need to pull them out. Your child should start losing their baby teeth around 6 years old and will continue losing them until age 12. Tell your dentist about the teeth they lose and when they lost them when you come in for their appointments.
Does my child need braces?
It’s common for children to have uneven teeth and a misaligned bite. If your child has a difficult time eating food or brushing their teeth, it’s time to bring them into Children's Dental Care & Orthodontics for an evaluation. Your child should not need braces if they still have their baby teeth. It’s best to start your child on the orthodontic journey when all of their permanent teeth have grown into place.
Is my child getting enough fluoride?
Fortunately, you can access fluoride from a variety of different sources. In fact, you can find fluoride in toothpaste, mouthwash, and water, especially tap water. Now, because each smile is so different, your child’s smile is unique when it comes to fluoride needs. So to find out how much fluoride your child’s smile needs each day, please talk to your dentist.
When should my child stop sucking their thumb?
It’s best to help your child stop the thumb-sucking habit by the time they are 2 or 3 years old. This is because sucking the thumb while the permanent teeth are growing/have grown into place can cause a myriad of orthodontic issues.
How can I help my child prevent cavities?
The best thing you can do for your child is help them have a proper diet and oral hygiene routine at home. It’s also recommended to avoid foods high in sugar. You can also talk to your dentist about dental sealants.
What should I do if my child chips their tooth?
If your child chips a tooth, it’s important to gather the pieces, keep them in a safe place, and call our office for an emergency appointment. While you wait for your child’s appointment, it’s vital to stay calm and help your child relax.