Quick Quiz: Do Toddlers Need Dental Care?

As cute and cuddly as they are, toddlers aren’t the ideal guests in some spaces. Maybe you are enjoying date night at a fancy restaurant, or settling into crunch time for a big work project that demands your full attention. If you are the parent of a toddler, you want to find a dental office that welcomes children. Toddlers and children do need preventive dental visits, to help maintain oral health. A dentist can also keep an eye on potential orthodontic issues, in developing teeth and jaws.

Quiz Questions: True or False?

1. True or False: You should never bring a toddler to a dental office.

2. True or False: You don’t need to worry about tooth damage in a toddler, since baby teeth are meant to fall out.

3. True or False: Your child should have a dental visit by about age one or when teeth begin to show from the gums.

Quiz Answers

1. False. While we don’t recommend bringing your toddler to every adult dental appointment, it is helpful for young children to be familiar with the dentist’s office, and know that it is not a reason to be fearful. Many family-friendly dentists have offices that are designed to be welcoming to children. Family dentists have staff members who welcome the youngest patients and are experienced in answering children’s questions and caring for young teeth.

2. False. Unplanned tooth loss at any age is an unwelcome event. A knocked out tooth can be painful and frightening for the child (and upsetting to the parent as well.) Unexpected tooth loosening or loss is usually a dental emergency. If life is at risk, call 911. Otherwise, call your dentist’s emergency number for advice, and an immediate appointment if needed.

3. True. Most dentists recommend children visit for their own dental appointments by age one, or when teeth begin to erupt from the gums. Before that time, you can wipe your baby’s gums with a finger wrapped in a washcloth, to keep them clean. Children’s dentists have many ways to protect young teeth, such as fluoride treatments, sealants, and careful observation for signs of decay.

Toddlers are Welcome In Our Office

If your child’s teeth are coming in (or have already arrived), our office welcomes you. Schedule care with your Southlake, TX dentist today by calling Gregory Wright, DDS at (817) 481-7999. We gladly serve patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and surrounding areas.