FAQ – Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric Dentistry FAQ’s – Frequently Asked Questions

Many parents have questions about their child’s dental care and oral health. PDG dentists and the team are here to be a resource for you and help you take care of your child’s health and smile. We have provided some answers to frequently asked questions on this page.

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While many of our patients are referred to us by their family dentist, it is not a requirement. We can schedule an appointment for your child without any previous referral.

Along with the Canadian and American Academies of Pediatric Dentistry, we recommend you to schedule your child’s first dental visit by his/her first birthday or 6 months after the first tooth has erupted.

You can  call one of the PDG offices in Vancouver, Richmond, Delta/Surrey, or Coquitlam and our staff will request some basic information from you and set up an appointment that is convenient to you!

Regular dental check-ups are most often scheduled every 6 or 9 months.

It depends on a few factors such as the patient’s age and case. On occasion, you may be able to drop off your child after checking with our PDG team. 

Yes! It will prevent the cavity from getting worse, spreading to neighbouring teeth, or creating an infection. If dental cavities are not treated promptly, your child might suffer a great deal of pain or develop a mouth or facial infection. 

Getting a filling to preserve a child’s baby tooth will keep the necessary space for when adult teeth begin to emerge, facilitating a best-case scenario for adult teeth to align correctly after appearing. Maintaining baby teeth will also help with natural chewing and clear speech. 

Many children either use their thumb or pacifier for self-soothing. We recommend introducing your baby to pacifiers instead of allowing them to explore thumb-sucking for comfort. The habit of thumb and soother sucking, if prolonged, can cause changes to the teeth and jaw, resulting in crooked teeth and jaw development issues.

If your child is experiencing consistent tooth pain, this could be a warning for nerve damage or infection. It is best to contact us for an examination to determine the cause of pain. Administering children’s Ibuprofen can help manage the pain until your child is assessed. Learn more here.

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