Dr. Gregory Davis has provided this FAQ page to help you learn more about pediatric dentistry and your child’s oral health. If you have questions or concerns, we encourage you to review this page. We also welcome you to reach out to us if you have any additional questions. To learn more about pediatric dentistry in Boise, Idaho, and schedule your child’s appointment with our dentist, call State Street Dental today at 208-939-1700.

When should my child visit the dentist for the first time?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends scheduling your child’s first dental visit six months after their first tooth erupts, or by their first birthday. These initial visits help your child get comfortable in the dental office and ensure their teeth and gums are developing correctly.

When will my baby start getting teeth?

Babies typically start developing teeth during the second trimester of pregnancy, around 16 to 20 weeks. The first teeth usually emerge between 6 and 10 months of age. It is important to start flossing your child’s teeth as soon as they have two adjacent teeth to maintain their oral health.

Why are primary teeth important?

Primary teeth, or baby teeth, play a crucial role in your child’s overall health and development. They are essential for proper speech production, efficient chewing and digestion, and they help maintain the spaces for adult teeth to come in properly. Taking care of these teeth is vital for ensuring your child’s oral health and development.

How often should my child visit the dentist?

After your child’s first dental visit, we recommend that you schedule regular checkups every six months. These routine visits help monitor and maintain your child’s oral health. If your child is more prone to dental issues, our dentist may suggest more frequent visits.

How do I care for my child’s teeth?

Here are a few tips for keeping your child’s teeth healthy:

  • Have your child brush their teeth at least twice a day.
  • Help your child floss daily.
  • Bring your child to visit the dentist regularly.
  • Ask about preventive care options such as sealants and fluoride treatments.
  • Ensure your child maintains a balanced and nutritious diet.
  • Have your child wear a mouth guard if they play sports.

My child sucks their fingers. How can I help them break this habit?

Thumb and finger sucking is normal in young children, usually stopping between ages 2 and 4. If the habit persists, it can affect dental development. We can offer strategies and, if necessary, oral appliances to help your child stop. Techniques include using gloves or socks over the fingers or creating distractions.

How do I care for my baby’s teeth?

Before teeth appear, clean your baby’s gums daily with a soft, damp cloth. Start brushing as soon as the first tooth erupts using a soft-bristled baby toothbrush and a tiny smear of child-safe toothpaste. Increase to a pea-sized amount of toothpaste at age 2. Brush and floss for your child until they are about 7 years old.

How do I care for my baby’s oral health while pregnant?

Your oral health during pregnancy affects your baby’s future dental health. Maintain regular dental checkups and cleanings. Schedule a dental exam when you learn of your pregnancy and another six months later. Address any dental concerns promptly and maintain good oral hygiene throughout your pregnancy.

What is xylitol?

Xylitol is a natural substance that helps reduce and prevent cavities, beneficial for children and adults alike. It is found in various fruits, vegetables and as a sugar substitute. Xylitol neutralizes mouth acids, lowering the risk of cavities and enhancing dental health.

Are dental X-rays safe for children?

Yes, dental X-rays are safe for children. Advances in technology, including digital imaging and higher-speed X-rays, have increased their safety. Our team takes every precaution to ensure your child is comfortable and safe during their visit.

My child has damaged a tooth or developed a tooth infection. Are treatments available for children?

Yes, we offer treatments to restore damaged or infected teeth in children. Our dentist will evaluate your child’s condition and create a customized treatment plan to address their specific needs, ensuring their smile and oral health are restored.