Below, you will find some of our most frequently-asked questions for your information. Here at Robert Moore Family Dentistry, we want you to know the importance of dental care. Please contact Dr. Robert Moore if you have any other questions not answered with our FAQs. We look forward to your visit to our dentist in Stillwater, Oklahoma, soon!
- When should my child go to the dentist? The ADA or American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a child have their first visit as age one or when the first few teeth begin to erupt.
- How can I protect my child’s teeth? The best plan of action is regular oral hygiene and coming to our dentist every 6 months, with consistent brushing and flossing daily. Diet and genetics is also a factor in protecting children’s teeth, so catching dental issues early can help prevent many problems from getting worse.
- Can all children grow up cavity-free? Yes, it can be possible, but it does depend on many factors and genetics.
- How can I prevent cavities? Brushing and flossing with fluoride toothpaste; getting enough fluoride in your child’s water; having sealants applied to the chewing surfaces; and watching children’s sugar intake and the times snacks are given, can all help prevent decay.
- Is diet important in the prevention of cavities? It can be, but what is more important is how often kids eat. Frequent snacking can leave food on the teeth longer, since a child usually does not brush their teeth throughout the day. This can lead to increased decay.
- What are good and bad foods for the teeth? Anything that stays on the teeth for too long is bad, but especially acidic foods and ones that are sticky, such as candy that stays in the mouth a long time, can be bad. Bacteria have an easier time attacking teeth when the mouth is not cleaned on a regular basis.
- Can you provide information on snacking? The key is moderation. Since children do not brush after every snack, it may be good to have them eat cheese or any food that stimulates saliva, which clears carbohydrates and harmful acids; they can also re-mineralize teeth and neutralize acids. Chocolate or other candy that clears the mouth quickly is a good alternative. Peanuts or cashews fight plaque and is therefore a good choice.
- If our water supply is fluoridated, should my child also use a fluoridated toothpaste? Both sources can be helpful in preventing tooth decay.
- Is it possible to get too much fluoride? We ensure your child will never get too much from our treatments, since we follow the EPA’s regulations; however, we will monitor just how much they are getting from drinking water, toothpaste, mouth rinses, and in-office treatments; this will help us know they are getting just the right amount.