Pediatric Dental FAQ


Pediatric Dental FAQ

At What Age Should I Take My Child To The Dentist For The First Time?

We recommend children see the dentist either 6 months after the first tooth erupts or by their first birthday. Though this may seem early, 40% of toddlers between two and three have some inflammation of the gums and/or cavities. It is also a perfect time to establish a regular dentist for the child. You can also get advice on eruption patterns, tooth cleaning, pacifiers, fluoride and preventing tooth injuries for young walkers.

Dr. Edwards makes your child's first dental visit a pleasant experience. We want to positively influence your child's attitudes about future oral health care.

May I Come Back With My Child During Their Appointment?

YES! Parents are welcome to be with their child.

We believe in caring for children as if they were our own. Most children like the comfort that a parent or caregiver can offer during their dental appointment. While it may be true that many children do better without their parents present, we want to work with parents as a team to address your child's dental needs.

Is is Important to Care For My Child's Baby Teeth Since They Will Eventually Come Out Anyway?

Absolutely! Taking care of baby teeth is critical to the health of your child's adult teeth and mouth.

When Should My Child Begin To Brush His/Her Teeth and Use Toothpaste?

Tooth brushing should be done by the parents or caregiver before they can do it themselves. A wet gauze or washcloth is effective in cleaning the gums and front teeth (incisors) of plaque. Gentle tooth brushing can begin when molars erupt. Flossing can begin when most of the baby teeth are in and are touching each other. Around the age of six or seven, a child can brush their own teeth with careful supervision. A smear or pea sized drop of fluoridated toothpaste can be used when the child can spit effectively.

How Can I Motivate My Child To Develop Tooth Brushing Into a Habit?

The best way to motivate your child is to start by being a good role model with your own daily tooth brushing, flossing and limited snacking regimen. Let them notice your own regular dental checkup schedule.

It is best to start at an early age to make mouth cleaning an event they would not want to miss.

Make it a routine to brush teeth before getting into the bathtub or getting dressed for school. Pour on the praise! Instill a sense of pride in a job well done. Children will be happy with their newfound independence.

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Meet Dr. Edwards


Indianapolis Pediatric Dentist Dr. Edwards helps families set the stage for a life-long commitment to oral health in a friendly and approachable manner. She provides a pleasant visit to the dental office, promoting trust and confidence in young patients that lasts a lifetime.