3 Common Questions

We see lots of patients, and plenty of kids are included in that number. We love to see them as they grow and help to teach them about dental hygiene!  When it comes to oral care – most of the questions do come from parents as they are the ones who are “in the know” about teeth as they are already on their second set at this point!

When will my child get their first tooth?
The average time for the first teeth to make their appearance is between five and seven months of age, there is a wide range before and after this that can still be considered “normal.”

My child’s baby teeth have cavities. Why should they be filled if they’re just going to fall out in a few years?
Baby teeth hold space in the mouth for the incoming permanent teeth. If the baby teeth become decayed or are taken out too early, the permanent teeth often become crowded and will likely need braces to straighten in the future.

What are sealants and why are they done?
Sealants are thin coatings applied to the biting surfaces that help prevent bacteria and other debris from getting into the deep crevices on the teeth. Young children are prime candidates for preventative measures like sealants because in many cases, decay has not set in. Children’s teeth tend to benefit more from sealants because these pits and groves tend to be deeper and less calcified then they are in adults. This also helps prevent the new adult tooth from gaining problems from the baby tooth.

As always – questions are welcome – you never know until you know.

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