Pediatric Dentistry FAQ’s – Frequently Asked Questions

Pediatric Dental Group is here for your child’s long term dental health. Have questions you would like answers to? Do you love info and looking to learn more? Here is our handy FAQ list assist you!

Is it required that my family dentist schedule my appointment with the pediatric dentist?

While many of our patients are referred by their family dentist, it is not a requirement and we are able to schedule an appointment for your child at any time.


At what age should I schedule an appointment for my child’s first dental visit?

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


How do I schedule an appointment for an initial exam?

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


How often should my child have dental appointments?

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


If my child gets a cavity in a baby tooth, should it be filled?

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. Learn more here.


My child has a cavity on a baby tooth, why don’t you just pull it?

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 properly after emerging. Maintaining baby teeth will also help with natural chewing and clear speech. Learn more here.


Can soother or thumb sucking affect my baby’s teeth?

Many children either use their thumb or pacifier for self-soothing. We recommend introducing your baby to pacifiers instead of allowing him/her 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.


What should I do if my child has tooth pain?

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


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