Our friendly and professional team is committed to providing a welcoming environment that sets the foundation for a lifetime of healthy smiles. Understanding the impact of early dental experiences, we ensure each visit is fun, educational and comfortable for our young patients. In our FAQ section, you will find helpful answers to common questions about children’s dental health, guiding you in your child’s dental journey to maintaining a healthy, beautiful smile.

At what age should I first bring my child to the dentist? +

It is recommended to bring your child for their first dental visit by their first birthday or within six months after their first tooth appears. Early visits help in identifying any potential issues and establishing a dental home for your child.

How often should my child see the dentist? +

Children, like adults, should typically see the dentist every six months for regular checkups and cleanings. However, we might suggest more frequent visits depending on your child’s individual needs.

What should I do if my child has a dental emergency? +

In case of a dental emergency, such as a toothache, broken tooth or a knocked-out tooth, contact our office immediately. We provide guidance over the phone and will arrange for urgent care as needed.

How can I help my child prevent cavities? +

Good oral hygiene practices, including brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and flossing daily, are essential. Limiting sugary snacks and drinks, along with regular dental visits, also plays a significant role in preventing cavities.

What are dental sealants, and does my child need them? +

Dental sealants are a protective coating applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (molars) to prevent decay. They are highly recommended for children as they are at a higher risk for cavities in these areas.

How can I prepare my child for their first dental visit? +

Talk to your child about the visit in a positive and exciting way. Avoid using words that might cause fear. You can also read them books about going to the dentist or play pretend dentist to familiarize them with the concept.

Is thumb-sucking harmful to my child’s teeth? +

Thumb-sucking is a natural reflex for children, but if it continues beyond the age of four, it may lead to problems with the proper growth of the mouth and alignment of the teeth. We can provide advice on how to address this habit.

What types of toothbrushes and toothpaste are best for children? +

Use a toothbrush with soft bristles designed for children. For toothpaste, use a rice-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste for children under 3 years old, and a pea-sized amount for children 3 years and older.

How do I handle my child’s fear of the dentist? +

We strive to make each visit as comfortable and positive as possible. We encourage parents to stay with their children during the appointment and offer various comfort measures. Additionally, we are trained in techniques to ease dental anxiety in children.

Feel free to contact Southern Stars Pediatric Dentistry at 737-757-7646 with any further questions or to schedule your child’s next appointment with Dr. Andrew Heaton, Dr. Bradley Wyatt or Dr. Alison Campbell. Our pediatric dentists and team in Cedar Park, Texas, are here to ensure your child’s journey to a healthy smile is a pleasant and rewarding experience.