Children's Oral Health
1 AnswerAmerican Dental Association answeredMost general dentists also treat children and your child could see the same dentist you see. However, you may determine that you want to take to your child to a dentist that has special training for screening and treating children. Pediatric dentists have received additional training specific to infants through adolescents.
2 AnswersAmerican Dental Association answeredPediatric Dentistry is an age-defined specialty that provides both primary and comprehensive preventive and therapeutic oral health care for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health care needs.
1 AnswerMouth surgery may affect your child's coordination. He may feel dizzy or drowsy for the next day or two. To keep your child safe, it is important to follow these guidelines:
- Do not let a toddler or young child walk without help.
- Keep side rails up on cribs.
- Keep your child from activities such as climbing up a ladder, going down a slide, playing on jungle gym equipment, riding a bicycle, riding a scooter, snowboarding, or rollerblading.
- Discourage your child from screaming or yelling, as this irritates healing in the throat.
- Discourage teens and young adults from driving a car or operating anything that requires quick decisions.
- Do not send your child back to school right away. Ask your doctor for advice on when your child should return to school.
1 AnswerAfter mouth surgery, all the sutures will absorb naturally and will not need to be removed. It is a good idea to rinse your child's mouth with water after each feeding or meal. Keeping the mouth clean prevents infection that would interfere with healing. It is very important to keep all hard objects such as eating utensils, toys, fingers, and drinking straws out of your child's mouth. Dental hygiene is important and should be resumed immediately. Dental hygiene is usually done with a soft washcloth or pink "spongies."
1 AnswerTylenol and ibuprofen are effective ways to treat pain after your child's mouth surgery. Other pain medicines have Tylenol in them, so be sure not to give Tylenol if your child is getting another medicine with Tylenol. Check with your nurse to be sure. It is important to give any pain medicine with food; otherwise, nausea or vomiting may occur. Other ways you can help make your child more comfortable is to have him change his position every few hours. Providing "comfort measures" such as a favorite blanket or movie can also help.
1 AnswerCall your doctor or nurse if your child has any of the following symptoms after a dental procedure:
- Temperature over 101 degrees Fahrenheit
- Increased swelling
- Bleeding that won't stop
- Numbness of fingers and toes
- Uncontrolled pain
- Signs of dehydration (dry mouth, less than 6 to 8 wet diapers, lack of tears)
- Excessive diarrhea or constipation
- Chest pain or shortness of breath: Go to the emergency department or call 911!
1 AnswerIn general, your child should avoid any activity that causes pain to the mouth area. Dental surgery often affects children's coordination. To keep your child safe, it is important to follow these guidelines:
- Do not let your child walk without help.
- Do not let your child climb ladders, go down slides, climb on jungle gym equipment, ride a bike, ride a scooter, snowboard, or roller blade.
- Do not allow teenagers or young adults to drive a car or operate anything that requires quick decisions.
1 AnswerIt is very normal to see behavior changes after dental surgery. If the changes last longer than 3 to 4 weeks, call your pediatrician. Some examples of changes include regression (bed wetting or acting out), changes in sleep and eating patterns, or nightmares. Be patient with your child. This will help reduce these changes. Understand that your child has been upset by surgery. Most changes in behavior only last a few days to 2 weeks.
2 AnswersWith tooth removal, a small amount of bleeding and drainage is normal. Usually a blood clot forms in the empty socket and stops the blood from flowing. If your child drinks through a straw or rinses her mouth very hard, she could dislodge the clot and start bleeding again. For the first few days, have your child rinse her mouth gently. When she brushes her teeth, have her avoid the teeth close to the empty socket. Have your child bite on a gauze pad to help the extraction site clot, if she's old enough to do this. Replace the gauze every 1 to 2 hours as needed.
1 AnswerTo help relieve your child's pain after a dental procedure, it is important to offer comfort and listen to your child's concerns. Alternating Children's Tylenol with children's ibuprofen around the clock will be most effective in relieving your child's pain. A cold cloth or an ice bag placed on your child's cheek will help with pain.