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Frequently Asked Questions

At what age should I bring my kid to the dentist?

Most children should visit the dentist before their first birthday. The first visit is important for multiple reasons. We will check whether your child’s teeth are developing correctly, while getting him or her used to seeing a dentist. Early visits allow us to provide parents with instructions and tips regarding how to establish their child’s at home dental hygiene routine. Once a relationship is established, Bluebonnet Family Dental can serve as your resource for questions about your child’s dental health.

Is fluoride safe for my kids?

Yes! Fluoride is a natural mineral that can help prevent cavities when it used correctly, such as during normal tooth brushing. Toddlers are too young to spit out toothpaste, so they should only use a tiny bit – the size of a grain of rice. Older children should use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste and spit out any remaining paste after brushing. We might also recommend more powerful fluoride treatments in our office, depending on your child’s unique needs.

Why does my child need sealants?

Sealants provide teeth with an extra layer of protection by filling the deep pits and groves where plaque and bacteria can hide and cause cavities. They are particularly effective when applied to newly erupted permanent molars. Sealants are not only quick and completely painless, they are one of the most successful and cost-effective ways to prevent cavities.

Why are stainless steel crowns used for children?

Stainless steel crowns can be appropriate when a primary (baby) tooth has developed a cavity that is too large or deep to be treated with a filling. The material is completely safe and can be placed fairly quickly – a huge benefit when working with small children. Once placed, stainless steel crowns are extremely durable, and help preserve decayed baby teeth until the permanent teeth come in.