What’s the difference between a pediatric dentist and a regular family dentist?
Pediatric dentists have undergone extra dental training specifically focused on treating children. Also, pediatric dentists only treat children, and not adults.
When should I make my child’s first dental appointment?
It’s best to take them for their first check-up when their first tooth appears. Find out more about our Infant Dental Care services here.
Is sucking a thumb or pacifier bad for my child’s teeth?
It’s only really a concern if the habit persists for more than a couple of years. But usually children grow out of it before it becomes a problem. Should they still be doing it beyond the age of 3, then contact Dr. Betty for advice.
Are my child’s baby teeth really that vital?
It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that because baby teeth (also called primary teeth) are temporary, they’re not vital. But they are. They help kids chew normally and speak clearly. They also help ensure that when the time comes for adult teeth to grow through, they can follow the path established by the baby teeth.
My child has toothache. What should I do?
Get your child to rinse their mouth with warm water. You should use an ice pack on the face if there’s swelling. If symptoms persist, you should book an emergency appointment at Clover Kids Dentistry.
How can I ensure my child’s diet doesn’t harm their teeth?
Nutrition is one of Dr. Betty’s areas of interest and expertise, so she’ll be happy to discuss the kind of diet that will best look after your child’s teeth. Of course, a balanced diet and limiting the number of times a day they eat sugary food is key to protecting their oral health.
How can I protect my child’s teeth when they’re playing sports?
The dental safety of sports teams is one of Dr. Betty’s areas of focus. She can provide individuals or entire teams with safety mouth guards that can protect football, hockey, and soccer-playing kids. Learn more about Clover Kids Dentistry’s mouth guard services here.
My child’s tooth has been knocked out. What should I do?
Try to stay calm, and then focus your attention on finding the tooth. Clean it and hold the tooth by the crown, not the root, and try to re-insert it. Your child will need an emergency dental appointment within two hours of the tooth being knocked out.
Are dental X-rays safe?
Yes, they are very low risk, and involve far less radiation than X-rays you get for most conditions in hospital. Please see our X-rays page for more.