Child Dental Care FAQs
Taking your children to the dentist can be a question-filled affair. Your child's natural question asking tendencies will only increase as they try to understand what going to the dentist means. To help make sure your child does not receive the wrong information or get scared, we at Starlight Smiles Pediatric Dentistry want to help you answer some of these questions.
Below are some of the most common questions kids are asking about the dentist and their answers. If your children understand the dentist, they will not be as afraid of the experience and might even look forward to their visits. We strive to create the best possible experience in the first impressions so they will last a lifetime with your child.
What will the dentist do?
You should be able to tell your children what our dentists want to do in their mouth. Walk them through the cleaning procedure and tell them why we are using the tools that we are. If they can understand what we are doing, then they won't be as worried.
We are happy to walk your children through our procedures and make sure they are comfortable with how everything feels. If your child has sensitive teeth or is a little nervous about going to the dentist, having some clarification can ease those worries.
Why do I need to go to the dentist?
If your child already brushes and flosses and does not feel pain in their teeth, then they might wonder why they even need to go to the dentist at all. After all, their mouth is already taken care of. However, you will need to explain that we clean their teeth differently than they can with their toothbrushes.
Explain to your child how we get rid of plaque that has hardened on your teeth and use x-rays to check for cavities. Even though they do not feel any pain in their mouth, that does not mean that nothing is wrong or that their teeth are 100% healthy.
Educating them about preventive dentistry will help them see what coming to see us can do for them. Show them that even the most diligent brushes and flossers still need to see the dentist.
Do I really need to floss?
Brushing can be hard for most kids, but when flossing needs to be added in, they can question the activity. While flossing is often one of the first things that gets skipped during the nighttime routine, it is just as important as brushing.
You can explain to your child that flossing is something that you need to do and show them how flossing gets all the plaque and bacteria that brushing just cannot. Then they will not ever skip the flossing again, and their mouth health will only increase.
Answering Your Questions
Kids are extremely curious, especially when it comes to going to the dentist, and we want to make sure that all their questions are answered. If your kids still have questions about dentistry, then call our pediatric dentists at 571-833-1440. We will be able to answer your questions and satisfy your kids' curiosity.