Doctor Richard Kennedy's answers to Parent's questions
Should I clean my baby’s teeth?
Use a soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head. Try to find one designed specifically for infants. It should be used at least once a day at bedtime. Do not use fluoridated toothpaste until the child is 2 to 3 years of age. Until then just use water.
When should I take my child to dentist for the first check-up?
To prevent dental problems, you should see a pediatric dentist when the first tooth appears.
Is thumbsucking and pacifier habits harmful for a child’s teeth?
This is only becomes a problem if it goes on for a very long time. Most children give up these habits on their own, but if they continue until their permanent teeth arrive, a mouth appliance may be recommended.
How can I prevent baby bottle decay?
Avoid nursing your children to sleep, or putting anything other than water in their bed-time bottle.
How do sealants work?
Sealents fill in the crevasses of the chewing services of the teeth. This keeps food particles from getting caught in the teeth that could cause cavities.
How safe are dental X-Rays?
There is very little risk in dental X-Rays. Pediatric dentist are especially careful to limit the amount of radiation to which your child is exposed. Lead aprons and high-speed film are used to ensure safety.
Do you have a question for Doctor Kennedy? Please call him at his office at 858-6575 so he can assist you.