Q and A with Dr. Chahal

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by Dr. Prabhdeep Chahal

When should I first bring my child to the dentist?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that a child be seen by a dentist when their first tooth erupts or by the age of 1. At this visit, I like to assess medical and dental history, teach parents tricks that help with oral hygiene, inform them on what to expect regarding teeth coming in or falling out, and any dietary or lifestyle modifications that may help prevent decay and keep their little teeth strong and healthy.

How safe are dental x-rays?

There is very little risk to dental x-rays! We are especially careful to limit the amount of radiation children are exposed to by using led aprons and high-speed digital film.

How do I make my child’s diet healthy for their teeth?

Make sure your child has a balanced healthy diet. Limiting the amount of sugars and starches aid to protect your child’s teeth from decay. Your child should have set meals and snacks times, and should drink water in-between.

What should I do if my child has a toothache?

Call your child’s dentist and schedule an appointment so they can check your child’s teeth. Toothaches can be caused by many different things. In the meantime, over-the-counter children’s pain medication, dosed according to your child’s weight and age, might ease the symptoms.

How can I prevent tooth decay caused by nursing?

At-will breastfeeding should be avoided after the first primary (baby) teeth begin to erupt and other sources of nutrition have been introduced. Avoid putting anything other than water in their bed-time bottle. Also, learn the proper way to brush and floss your child’s teeth from your child’s dentist!