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Daughter with her mother talking to the dentist

A pediatric dentist is there to help you care for your child. Your child’s teeth are particularly vulnerable because baby teeth can be particularly sensitive, depending on his or her diet. Once their permanent teeth have come in, there will be a whole other set of questions you will want to ask.

The following are some questions you should ask the pediatric dentist the next time you schedule an appointment.

Is My Child Brushing Correctly?

Your child’s dentist is the foremost authority on his or her dental health, but they are not always present to monitor how children brush their teeth. That becomes the parent’s responsibility as soon as they leave the office. That responsibility requires adequate knowledge that only your dentist can provide.

First of all, you should ask your child’s dentist if your child is brushing their teeth well. No matter how they answer, you should also make sure you know how they should be brushing their teeth and flossing.

Should My Child Get Braces?

This is a question you should ask after your child’s teeth come in. The dentist will most often recommend braces if the way the teeth grew in affects how the child eats or drinks, but they can be used for cosmetic reasons as well. You should ask the dentist if braces are appropriate, especially if your child is asking for them.

When Should I Schedule My Child’s First Appointment?

As the baby teeth start coming in, you might be wondering when to take your child in to get their teeth checked to make sure they are growing incorrectly. While people often wait until several teeth have come in, it might be wise to take your child in earlier. Ask the dentist when you should schedule an appointment, especially if the child is having particular dental issues.

Are There Any Particular Things My Child Should Avoid Eating?

This is a common question that new parents should ask the pediatric dentist. Parents are most aware of the obvious things that could damage a child’s teeth, such as sugary foods. However, there are other things that can be potentially damaging to the enamel.

The parent should ask about these potentially damaging food products to make sure their child has the appropriate diet.

When Should My Child Start Flossing?

Flossing is an extremely important part of our daily routine. Dental floss reaches into areas that a toothbrush cannot access otherwise. Your child should start as soon as the dentist says they are allowed to floss.

It is particularly important to start flossing early because a routine should be established that the child will follow for the rest of their life.

Proper oral hygiene is pivotal to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. In children, it is especially important because how they treat themselves when they are younger will play into how healthy they are as they grow older. You should be comfortable with asking your child’s pediatric dentist about any doubts you may have.