Our Most Common Questions

At Bean Tree Pediatric Dentistry, we cater to children of every age. And we love to educate li’l beans and their parents about good oral hygiene and nutrition, because we want you to be able to prevent dental decay and make the best choices for your child’s dental health.
Please understand that this service does not constitute or imply a doctor-patient relationship unless your child is already a patient of record.

Top 3 Common Questions

When Should I Schedule My Child for His or Her First Dental Visit?

We follow the guidelines set by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, which says children should see a pediatric dentist by their first birthday or within six months after the first tooth has erupted.

Early visits help to ensure positive dental experiences and provide prevention-focused patient and parent education. It will also establish your child with a dental home and gives parents access to after hours dental related emergency care.

If you’re ready to schedule your child’s first appointment, give us a call us at (904) 372-3260 or just click the button below and send us a message.

Are Baby Teeth Really That Important To My Child?

YES! “Baby” (primary) teeth may be small, but they’re very important. They are an aid in guiding permanent teeth into their proper positions.

Without a healthy set of baby teeth, your child will have trouble chewing and speaking clearly. That’s why caring for baby teeth and keeping them decay-free is so important.

If you’d like to learn more about baby teeth and why keeping them clean and healthy is so important, just click the link below.

Is a Pediatric Dentist Different Than a Family Dentist?

Pediatric dentists are the pediatricians of dentistry. Pediatric dentists have two to three years of specialty training following dental school and limit their practice to treating children.

Pediatric dentists provide primary and specialty oral care for children from infancy through adolescence, including those with special health needs.

It’s alway best to select a board certified pediatric dentist. Click the button below to view Dr. Mason’s board certification status.

Common Questions by Category

For your convenience, we’ve listed some questions you may have regarding your child’s dental care. If you don’t find an answer to your particular question here, you are more than welcome to call us at (904) 372-3260. We will be more than happy to help. Or you can email us, and someone from the BeanTeam will promptly answer your question.

Common Prevention Questions

How Often Should My Child See the Dentist?
How Do Dental Sealants Work?
How Do I Know If My Child is Getting Enough Fluoride?
Are thumb- and Pacifier-Sucking Habits Harmful for my Child’s Teeth?
How Safe are Dental X-rays?
How Can I Help Prevent Tooth Decay?
How Often Should My Child See the Dentist?

A checkup every six months is generally recommended. However, your pediatric dentist may recommend a different schedule based on your child’s personal oral health.

How Do Dental Sealants Work?

Dental sealant is a thin, plastic coating painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth. Sealants help to prevent decay in the pits and grooves of back teeth. They do not prevent decay on all surfaces of the tooth. Proper brushing and flossing is still necessary, or decay can develop.

How Do I Know If My Child is Getting Enough Fluoride?

Water in Duval County is naturally fluoridated to optimum levels. Ingestion of fluoride through the food chain and water system is sufficient for proper dental development in this county. At home, however, water filters may remove some or all fluoride from your tap water. Check with the filter manufacturer or have the water tested if you have concerns regarding the level of fluoride. Bottled water may contain fluoride, depending on where it was bottled and what type of filtration was used in that process. The fluoride in toothpaste and anticavity mouthrinses can also help minimize dental decay, and even stop the progression of decay, if used with proper brushing and flossing techniques.

Are thumb- and Pacifier-Sucking Habits Harmful for my Child’s Teeth?

Thumb and pacifier habits will generally become a problem only if they go on for a long period of time. Forcefulness and duration of the habits are important factors in determining their effect on the teeth and jaws. Most children stop these habits on their own; but if they continue into the school years, your pediatric dentist may recommend a mouth appliance or a visit with an orthodontist.

How Safe are Dental X-rays?

There is very little risk in dental X-rays. Pediatric dentists are especially careful to limit the amount of radiation to which children are exposed. The use of a lead apron and digital radiography ensures safety and minimizes the amount of radiation.

How Can I Help Prevent Tooth Decay?

Helping your child brush and floss regularly will play a crucial role in preventing tooth decay. Limiting the frequency of juice, milk, soda, candy and certain snacks will also play a big part in preventing dental decay. Visit the dentist regularly, beginning with the eruption of the first tooth. Proper oral hygiene, when added to regular dental visits and a balanced diet, will help give your child a healthy smile for a lifetime.

Common Hygiene Questions

What Should I Use to Clean My Infant Child’s Teeth?
When Should we Begin Using Toothpaste, and How Much Should we Use?
How Can I Help Prevent Tooth Decay?
What Should I Use to Clean My Infant Child’s Teeth?

A toothbrush will remove plaque bacteria that can lead to decay. Use any soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head. A brush designed specifically for infants would be best. Brush at least once a day, preferably twice, and always before bedtime.

When Should we Begin Using Toothpaste, and How Much Should we Use?

Before teeth erupt, clean your child’s gums with a soft infant toothbrush, or with moist cloth or gauze. After teeth begin to appear, start brushing twice daily using nonfluoridated toothpaste and a soft, infant toothbrush. Use fluoride toothpaste in very small amounts only (about half the size of a grain of rice) for children between the ages of 1 and 2. For children from 2 to 5 years old, use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Brush your child’s teeth or assist with brushing. Remember that it takes many years before children are old enough to brush their teeth effectively on their own. Supervision is also important to ensure that they don’t swallow excess toothpaste.

How Can I Help Prevent Tooth Decay?

Helping your child brush and floss regularly will play a crucial role in preventing tooth decay. Limiting the frequency of juice, milk, soda, candy and certain snacks will also play a big part in preventing dental decay. Visit the dentist regularly, beginning with the eruption of the first tooth. Proper oral hygiene, when added to regular dental visits and a balanced diet, will help give your child a healthy smile for a lifetime.

Common Pain and Injury Questions

What Can I Do to Protect My Child’s Teeth During Sporting Events?
What Should I Do if My Child Falls and Knocks Out a Permanent Tooth?
What Should I Do if My Child Has a Toothache?
What Can I Do to Protect My Child’s Teeth During Sporting Events?

A soft-plastic, custom-fitted mouthguard fabricated by a pediatric dentist or orthodontist can protect teeth, lips, cheeks and gums from sports-related injuries.

What Should I Do if My Child Falls and Knocks Out a Permanent Tooth?

The most important thing to do is to find the tooth. Hold it by the crown (top) rather than the root, and try to reinsert it into the socket. If that is not possible, put the tooth in a glass of milk. Take your child and the glass immediately to the closest emergency room or pediatric dentist.

What Should I Do if My Child Has a Toothache?

First, rinse the irritated area with warm salt water. Place a cold compress on the face if it is swollen. Give the child acetaminophen for any pain, rather than placing aspirin on the teeth or gums. See a dentist as soon as possible.

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