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Frequently Asked Questions

What type of tooth brush and paste would you recommend?

There are many types of toothbrushes available in the market. Some manufacturers specialize in the development of children's toothbrushes. Rather offering a brand name, we would like you to think about what you want in a toothbrush for a child 2 -5 years old. Look for a brush with a short and bulky handle as this is easier for the young child to manage. Bristles should be soft to avoid injury. Regarding the tooth paste, as long as your child is comfortable with the flavor of the paste, use them. Avoid herbal and sensitive tooth paste as that might cause burning sensation.

Why do children develop tooth cavity at very young age?

About 1 in 10 children experience tooth decay by age 3 years. In certain population that number can be much higher. The most common cause is when a baby is placed with a bottle of milk during sleep. The contents of the bottle cling to the teeth all night. Tooth decay begins! In certain circumstances, babies who are breast fed frequently at night over a long time are also at risk. The decay experienced by these toddlers has a typical pattern. It usually is evident near the gum line of the upper front teeth. At times, medical history of the mother or the child can affect the mineralization of growing teeth. These teeth can decay early and more easily.

What is the black stain on my child’s teeth?

Black stain is a result of a combination of many things in the mouth related to saliva, bacteria and foods. No one seems to understand this association and it has been a topic of research. These chromogenic stains on the surfaces of teeth are usually formed with children who are on multivitamins or iron syrups. The advantage of developing these stains is the fact that the child is least prone to have tooth decay or cavity.

What do you suggest to get my child to stop sucking the thumb?

Children around age 4 years usually develop the social skills that will allow them to slowly stop their sucking habit. Aggressive treatment is not recommended before this age. An occasional reminder to remove the finger is reasonable. Encourage and reward the child for not sucking, praising them for their grown-up behavior. Parents sometimes want to tackle the habit problem too early. About half of the children who suck a digit, give the habit up spontaneously at about age four. If your child persists beyond the age of 4, or if you feel the upper front teeth are protruding forward consulting with your dentist will allow a closer evaluation and the possibility for stopping the habit by other means.

Should we treat a milk tooth that has developed cavity?

Baby teeth or milk teeth are essential for proper nutrition, speech, growth and development of jaw and permanent teeth. These are vital for the child’s ability to eat properly, chew naturally and speak clearly. These are also the building blocks for your child’s permanent teeth. Baby teeth left untreated can cause pain/swelling, common cold and cough, inability to chew food resulting in indigestion, loss of appetite and weight. All leads to poor quality of life.