Can I be with my child during treatment?
Yes. You are always welcome in the operatory with your child during treatment. In special situations, it may be best for your child to be treated under general anesthesia with an anesthesiologist. In this case, you will be with your child when they fall asleep and when they awake.
When should I make my child’s first dental visit?
Your child should begin seeing a pediatric dentist after his/her first birthday according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
How can I help my child with teething?
When a baby is teething, the gums tend to get sore, tender, and irritable. Some things you can do to comfort them are to rub the gums gently with a clean finger, the back of a cold spoon, or a cold wet cloth. You can use teething rings to comfort a teething child.
What are some good snacks I can give my child?
Fresh fruit- limiting oranges and peaches
Fresh vegetables, Cheese
Unsalted nuts, popcorn
Bean Dips, Hard boiled eggs
Anything containing xylitol
What are some bad snacks I can give my child?
Candy, cookies, cake, pie
Soda pop, lemonade, energy drinks
Gatorade, iced tea
Non sugarless gum
Crackers, breadsticks, Chips
Dried fruit, raisins, fruit rollups
What is Baby Bottle Tooth Decay?
Baby Bottle Tooth Decay is a name given to early childhood cavities. It can be caused by frequent and prolonged exposure of teeth to liquids containing sugar, such as milk, breast milk, formula, sweetened water, and fruit juices.
How can I prevent Baby Bottle Tooth Decay?
Prevention of baby bottle tooth decay can happen by discouraging your child from drinking anything but water out of a bottle after brushing or wiping their teeth or gums before bed. Encourage children to drink from a cup by their first birthday. If you give your child a pacifier, make sure it is clean. DO NOT dip it in sugar or honey before giving it to your child.
What are dental sealants?
A dental sealant is a material that is applied to the chewing surface of a tooth, with no decay, in order to protect the deep pits and grooves from harboring yucky sugar bugs. Even a regular toothbrush has bristles that are too large to clean the small pits and grooves adequately.
When should my child start using a tooth brush?
Dr. Dowell recommends using toothpaste as soon as the first tooth erupts. If you live in an area that does not have fluoride in the water source, like Flagstaff, make sure to use a tooth paste with fluoride.
What is the big deal with fluoride? Why is fluoride important?
Fluoride can drastically reduce a person’s chances of getting cavities by strengthening the enamel (the hard outer layer of the tooth). It is important to know the right amount of fluoride a child should have in order to get the maximum benefit. Feel free to contact us so we can help determine that correct amount.
What should I do if my child has a toothache?
If your child should develop a toothache, call out office as soon as possible to schedule a visit. In the meantime, you can rinse you child’s mouth with warm water to clean it out. Gently floss to remove any food that may be caught between the teeth. Make sure not to put aspirin on the aching tooth or gum tissues, because it can burn. You may give you child the appropriate dose of ibuprofen (Motrin) or acetaminophen (Tylenol).
How can I protect my child’s teeth during sports?
Our office can provide you child with a custom-fitted mouth guard that will help cushion blows that might otherwise cause broken teeth, injuries to lips and face, and jaw fractures.
When do my child’s first teeth erupt?
The first teeth to erupt are the two front lower teeth, followed shortly by the two front upper teeth. This typically occurs between 6 months and ten months. At 2-3 years of age, all 20 primary (baby) teeth should be present.
What should I do if my child knocks out a tooth?
If your child knocks out a tooth, call our office so we can see your child immediately. If possible, find the tooth. Hold the tooth by the crown, not the root. If it is a permanent tooth, put it back into the socket and have the child bite on a soft cloth to holt it in place. Do not leave the tooth outside the mouth to dry. If it is not feasible to put the tooth back in it's place, put in one of these places: an Emergency tooth preservation kit, milk, or saliva. Have your child spit into a cup or plastic bag, then put the tooth into the saliva
What causes tooth decay?
Tooth decay occurs when teeth are not brushed and flossed properly. Certain bacteria turn in to plaque, or sugar bugs, as we call it in our office, which loves to stick to a tooth surface. Once the sugar bugs are on a tooth, they start digging into the enamel (hard outer layer of the tooth) if not cleaned off. If the sugar bugs dig deep enough, into the second layer of a tooth called dentin, decay develops. Food particles and sugars feed plaque. All of the things we advise about diet, tooth brushing, and fluoride use all are designed to prevent, strengthen, and reverse the cavity causing effect of bacteria .
How do you recommend cleaning my child’s teeth?
Cleaning teeth on young children can provide a challenge. However, this challenge can be overcome by having patience and knowing that each time you do get to brush your child’s teeth you are preventing chances of decay happening. We recommend standing behind your child, or if a very young child, they can sit on your lap facing out. In this position your child’s head is secure against you to where they can not pull away easily. Now that you are standing in the best position, it will be easy to put one hand under the chin to adjust the head tilt so you can see and the other hand holding the toothbrush like a pencil in order to brush all areas of the mouth. Make sure to use a soft bristled brush.
Are dental x-rays safe for my child?
Dental x-rays allow Dr. Dowell to have a very valuable diagnostic tool so he can clearly and effectively treat your child. X-rays show growth of teeth, placement, decay, and possible infections and oral complications. The concern with dental x-rays is the amount of radiation a patient would receive when they are taken. A normal dental xray exposes the patient to about 2-3 mrems (millirems which is a unit of measurement used in radiation). What most people do not know is that you are exposed to doses of radiation from background sources that equal around 360 mrems a year for the average person. These background sources include, but are not limited to, riding in an airplane (about 5 mrems), cooking with natural gas (about 10mrems), and living in a brick house instead of a wood house (about 10 mrems). The risks people take by choosing not to have dental x-rays are much greater than the minimal exposure to radiation. If dental x-rays are not taken and Dr. Dowell can not properly and completely diagnose your child, a cavity may grow and possibly lead to infection, swelling, and pain. Be assured we only take x-rays that are absolutely necessary. We use the lowest, effective dose and we are very careful using protection (lead aprons) on every patient.
My four kids have all been going to Dr. Dowell for several years now and I would never take them anywhere else. He is a kind and patient man who treats the kids with respect. He makes going to the dentist a somewhat pleasant experience for the kids. If you are looking for a dentist for your kids in Flagstaff, you have to go here.