Bowers-X-Ray-Machine-Brit-Bowers-DDS-Johnson-City-TN-Pediatric DentistryFrequently Asked Questions in Pediatric Dentistry

How Do I Prevent Cavities On My Young Child’s Teeth?

At a young age of a child, it is critical for him to learn good goal hygiene. It removes bacteria and leftover food particles that can combine to create cavities.

  • For an old enough child, a pea-size amount of fluoride toothpaste can be used
  • Once your child’s teeth begin to erupt, brush them at least twice a day
  • For infants, wet gauze can be used or clean wash-cloth. Wipe the plaque from their gums

How Do I Teach My Toddler To Brush?

It is important to use a soft bristle toothbrush. Place the brush at a 45 degree angle then brush in a gentle circular motion.

  • Flossing can begin when any two teeth touch
  • Until he/she can brush and floss his/her teeth alone, you should brush and floss your child’s teeth

Emergency Info

What to do in case of emergency?

Call our office as soon as possible. Please do not come directly to the office – by calling us, you will allow us to create a time to see you. Even if you have a regular appointment scheduled, call us immediately to notify us.

Broken Tooth

Rinse the area with warm water. Put a cold compress over the facial area of the injury. Recover any broken tooth fragments. Get immediate dental attention.

Bleeding After a Baby Tooth Falls Out

Fold a piece of gauze and place it (tightly) over the bleeding area. Bite down on the gauze for 15 minutes; if bleeding continues, see a dentist.

Knocked Out Permanent Tooth

Recover the tooth, making sure to hold it by the crown (top) and not the root end. Rinse, but do not clean or handle the tooth more than necessary. Reinsert the tooth in the socket and hold it in place using a clean piece of gauze or cloth. If the tooth cannot be reinserted, carry it in a cup containing milk or water. Because time is essential, see a dentist immediately.