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Frequently Asked Questions

Pediatric Dental FAQs in Levittown

Common Questions from Our Parents

At Little Smiles of Levittown, we are here to answer your questions about your child’s dental health, proper care, and specific problems. Please read the answers to our pediatric dentistry FAQs on this page.

We are always happy to answer your questions. Please call (516) 217-8910 to speak with a member of our staff.

  • When will my baby’s teeth erupt?

    While the exact times that a child develops and loses teeth can vary, there are some basic common time frames for teeth erupting.

    The ages at which various teeth erupt include:

    • Lower teeth by six to eight months
    • The rest of the teeth by 18 to 24 months
    • All 20 baby teeth by 2 to 3 years of age
    • The first adult teeth around six years of age
    • Adult teeth continue to grow until about 14 years old

    If you have any concerns about your child’s teeth, please talk to us.

  • How should I clean my child’s teeth?

    Use a toothbrush for infants at least twice a day, including once before bedtime to remove plaque and bacteria. Until two years of age, use a wet toothbrush or a fluoride-free infant toothpaste. At two years of age, use a tiny amount of fluoridated toothpaste. When your child can spit out the toothpaste on his or her own, use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. This is usually around three or four years of age. Always supervise your child to make sure they are using the right amount and not swallowing it, as excessive fluoride can cause staining of the adult teeth.

  • Should I be concerned about my child’s thumb sucking or pacifier use?

    Most children will outgrow thumb sucking by the age of three with no permanent damage. Pacifier use is easier to discourage and should be stopped by two years of age. If damage is occurring to the teeth or your child continues to suck his or her thumb after the permanent teeth have erupted, Dr. Lee may recommend a fixed appliance to help break the habit.

  • How often should my child visit the dentist?

    It is recommended that children visit the doctor every six months to prevent cavities and other dental problems. If more attention is required, we may recommend more frequent visits. You can prepare your child for his or her visit by having a positive attitude. You can show your child a picture of the office on our website, explain the importance of healthy teeth, and read a book about dental visits or dental care. Dr. Lee is specially trained to help relieve children’s fears and anxieties, and our staff works to put children at ease.

  • When does my child need X-rays?

    We generally recommend the first set of X-rays when the back teeth touch. X-rays are recommended once a year, unless the child is high risk and needs them more frequently. X-rays pose little risk and Dr. Lee is very careful about the amount of radiation, using only digital X-ray units and lead aprons to minimize exposure to radiation.

  • What can be done when a child is unable to cooperate with treatment?

    Dr. Lee is skilled at putting children at ease. For children suffering from anxiety and panic, we may recommend nitrous oxide, or laughing gas. When a child is extremely fearful, Dr. Lee may discuss alternative behavior management and treatment options.

  • What is early childhood caries?

    Early childhood caries is also known as baby bottle tooth decay and generally happens when a child is overexposed to sugary beverages. This problem often happens when children are put to bed with bottles of milk, juice, or soda, but can also happen when toddlers drink these beverages from a sippy cup throughout the day. Early childhood caries may require extensive dental treatment and can damage the adult teeth if it goes untreated.

  • What causes cavities?

    When the bacteria that is found in everyone’s mouth comes into contact with sugary food, acids are produced which can dissolve the enamel of the teeth. This causes holes in the enamel, which are cavities.

  • Does my child need sealants?

    Dental sealants are effective for filling the deep crevices on the chewing surfaces, and block food particles that may cause cavities. Sealants are recommended for preventing cavities.

  • What should I do if my child has a toothache?

    Rinse the affected area with warm water, and remove any food with dental floss. You can give children’s Tylenol or ibuprofen according to the package directions. If your child’s face is swollen, this can indicate a serious infection, so contact our office immediately.

  • What should I do if a permanent tooth is knocked out?

    Hold the tooth by the crown and rinse with milk or salt water, but don’t use regular water. You can try to reinsert the tooth if the root is intact. If you can’t reinsert the tooth, put it in a glass of milk and contact our office immediately.

    If you have a question that isn’t answered here, please call (516) 217-8910 and speak with our knowledgeable pediatric dentist in Levittown.

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