Frequently Asked Questions

When should my child first visit the dentist?

It’s recommended that children have their first dental visit by the age of one or within six months after their first tooth appears. Early dental visits help establish a dental home for

your child and allow the dentist to monitor oral development from an early age. Contact us at Homegrown Pediatric Dentistry to set up an appointment.

How often should my child have dental check-ups?

Typically, children should visit the dentist for a check-up every six months. However, your pediatric dentist may recommend more frequent visits based on your child’s individual needs and risk factors for dental issues.

What can I do to prevent cavities in my child’s teeth?

Encourage your child to brush their teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, floss daily, and maintain a healthy diet low in sugary snacks and drinks. Regular dental check-ups and cleanings also play a crucial role in cavity prevention.

What should I do if my child has a dental emergency, such as a knocked-out tooth?

If your child experiences a dental emergency, such as a knocked-out tooth, it’s essential to remain calm and act quickly. Contact your pediatric dentist immediately for guidance. In the case of a knocked-out permanent tooth, try to reinsert it into the socket if possible, or store it in milk or saliva until you can see the dentist. Prompt action increases the chance of saving the tooth.

Lip bite after anesthesia

For some dental procedures a local anesthetic may be used so your child does not experience pain. The child may not be able to feel their lip, cheek, or tongue for up to a few hours. We recommend a soft diet until the numbing wears off and provide a cotton roll or tray for the child to bite on.
It can be hard for the child to know if they are biting or scratching these areas. These areas of trauma usually heal within 7 to 10 days. Tylenol may be used to help with discomfort. An ice pack can be applied for up to 15 minutes the first 3 days. It is important to keep the teeth around the area clean. A bland diet can help with irritation. A warm salt water rinse can promote soft tissue healing

Lower teeth displacement

“When mandibular permanent incisors erupt lingually to the corresponding primary tooth, the lingually erupted permanent incisor should be allowed to correct itself. This self correction will usually occur by eight years of age. If the primary incisor is still present at eight years of age, it should be considered overretained. Extraction is indicated. No primary mandibular central incisors are indicated for extraction, when the mandibular permanent central incisors initially erupt malaligned.” – Gellin ME. Conservative treatment for malaligned permanent mandibular incisors in the early mixed dentition. ASDC J Dent Child. 1989 Jul-Aug;56(4):288-92. PMID: 2668366.

If these three criteria are met you may want to schedule a consultation appointment for possible extraction

  1. more than half of the lower permanent central incisor’s crown has erupted
  2. There is more then 2mm of distance between the erupting lower permanent central incisor and the retained lower primary central incisor
  3. There is little mobility or movement of the primary incisors