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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a general dentist and a pediatric dentist?

Pediatric dentists have additional training that gives them knowledge of child development, psychology, and growth that a general dentist may not possess.

A pediatric dentist has special skillsets and experience when* it comes to working with children of all ages.

How should I clean my baby's teeth?

To clean your baby's teeth and gums, use a soft, clean damp washcloth, gauze pad, or finger and gently wipe off any food and dirt.

When should my child have their first dental appointment?

Schedule your baby's first appointment as soon as you see their first tooth. This usually happens around 6 to 10 months of age

Dr. Webb will thoroughly examine your baby’s teeth and gums to make sure everything is developing properly.

How should I clean my toddler's teeth?

To clean your toddler's teeth and gums, use a soft toothbrush moistened with water along with a drop of fluoride toothpaste no bigger than the size of a grain of rice.

Is toothpaste safe for my toddler?

Fluoride is a natural mineral that strengthens tooth enamel, thus helping to prevent cavities and tooth decay.

Toothpaste that contains fluoride is perfectly safe for you to use while cleaning your toddler's teeth and gums.

Dr. Webb recommends using only a rice grain sized drop of toothpaste on a soft toothbrush.

If you have any questions or concerns about using fluoride toothpaste, please call Webb Pediatric Dentistry at (704) 980–0545.

Does using the bottle cause tooth decay?

While using a baby bottle on its own does not cause cavities and tooth decay, what is in the bottle certainly can. Liquids containing sugars puts toddlers at risk of developing cavities over time.

Try avoid filling bottles with juices, soda, and sugar water. Only fill bottles with milk, breast milk, or formula.

Does my older child need to continue to visit our dentist regularly?

You betcha! As your little one grows into a bigger child and then young adult, it is still imperative that they continue to visit their pediatric dentist for routine cleanings and checkups every 6 months.

Does my teenager see a general dentist or a pediatric dentist?

That is an excellent question! Although your teen can see a general dentist, we at Webb Pediatric Dentistry recommend they continue seeing their pediatric dentist until they become adults.

A pediatric dentist has special skillsets and experience with it comes to working with children of all ages. Teens have very specific needs that an experienced pediatric dentist can address.

Teens are at a high risk of getting cavities due to their new independence and still learning to take care of themselves. The complexity of your teen's self-esteem and orthodontic needs often need a more experienced dentist who works with teens on a regular basis.

At what age should we start to think about braces and other orthodontic work?

Although the answer varies from child to child, your pediatric dentist can start evaluating your child's orthodontic needs at any time.

Should my school-aged child still visit the dentist even if they've never had a cavity?

Yes! To continue to stay cavity-free, Dr. Webb recommends your child continues to visit the dentist's office twice a year. Even without cavities, your child's teeth will still have debris buildup on their teeth and gums that need to be removed.

In addition, your child's pediatric dentist can continue to monitor their oral health and ask any questions your child or teen may have as they grow into adulthood.