FAQ About North Ogden’s Pediatric Dentists
At Castle Creek Pediatric Dentistry, we get a lot of questions about dental care for younger children. We want to help children learn great dental habits. The younger they start, the better. Read over these questions to understand why Castle Creek Pediatric Dentistry may be the right pediatric dental clinic for your family.
Why Choose a Pediatric Dentist?
Pediatric dentistry is a dental specialty recognized by the American Dental Association. This recognition allows the dentist to provide comprehensive care for children from infancy to adolescence. Pediatric dentists complete an additional two years of training after becoming a general dentist.
The specialty training includes behavior guidance, restoration dentistry, child psychology, and the treatment of chronically ill or handicapped children. Pediatric dentists are qualified in performing comprehensive dental care for children.
How Old Should My Child Be to Visit the Dentist?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that children begin visiting the dentist by their first birthday or at least six months after they have their first tooth. Early dental care for children can encourage good teeth cleaning habits and can prevent future problems. Early visits with a pediatric dentist also allow the opportunity to develop a positive relationship with your child and the dentist.
Why are Baby Teeth Important?
Maintaining the overall health of primary (baby teeth) is very important. When neglected, cavities can start and pain and infection may follow. This can lead to problems that can affect the development of permanent teeth for the child. Baby teeth are also important for properly chewing food, providing the space needed for permanent teeth, and allowing proper jaw bone and muscle development.
Why Does My Child Need Dental X-Rays?
X-rays play a vital role in the dental diagnostic process, especially in the preventative dental care process. Without X-rays, cavities can be missed. They also help the pediatric dentist see the developing teeth, evaluate injuries and make plans for orthodontic treatment. For our visits, we will request bitewing X-rays about once a year and panoramic X-rays every 3-5 years.
With modern technology and better safeguards, the amount of radiation for your child’s dental X-ray is extremely small. Lead body aprons and shields along with lower radiation digital x-rays will help protect your child.
Can I Stay With my Child?
We don’t have any restrictions for parents from being with their children during the dental visit. However, attitude and cooperation vary with each child. Based on our experience, most children do better with the dentist if their parent remains in the waiting room. It is our preference that one parent comes with the child for the initial visit.
What Should Be Done About a Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip, or Cheek?
You will need to apply ice to any bruised areas. If the cheek is bleeding, firmly apply pressure with a clean gauze or cloth. If the bleeding continues for longer than 15 minutes and can’t be controlled by pressure, please call.
What Can I Do About My Child’s Toothache?
When your child has a toothache, clean the affected area. Rinse their mouths out with warm salt water or dental floss to dislodge any food or debris. Do not place aspirin on the aching tooth or gums. Over the counter ibuprofen or Tylenol can help alleviate some of the pain. If aching and swelling don’t subside, please call.
My Child Accidentally Knocked Out Her Permanent Tooth – What Should I Do?
First, find the root of the tooth. Handle it by the crown and not the root portion. You can rinse the root, but do not wipe or scrub the tooth. Inspect the tooth to make sure there are no cracks or fractures. Then, try and reinsert the tooth into the socket. If you can’t reinsert the tooth, place it in a cup of milk. Either way call our office immediately.
Contact Our Pediatric Dentistry Clinic
If you have any other questions, feel free to call our pediatric dental office at 1-801-590-7929. We are located in 2667 N. Washington Blvd. in North Ogden and are happy to help serve your children with dental care needs. We proudly serve patients in Northern Utah including Ogden, Pleasant View and Harrisville.