What Your Kid’s Dentist Wishes You Knew

Everything from when to brush, how to get a reluctant toddler to do it, and why fluoride safety questions don’t really apply to your family

What Your Kid's Dentist Wishes You Knew

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I don’t know about you, but dental care wasn’t one of the first things I thought about when my wife was pregnant with our first baby.

Diaper changes, middle of the night feedings, crib assembly, and the bouncy seat vs. swing debate — those were front-and-center at first. But then eight months in, after we’d finally gotten used to having a baby, a little white dagger appeared in her bottom gum. “Oh yeah,” I thought. “Teeth.”

With your baby’s teeth come a whole new set of health questions and responsibilities — responsibilities that can have an impact on your child’s health for years to come.

What Your Child's Dentist Wishes You KnewEnter Dr. Heather Sholander. She is a rockstar in the world of pediatric dentistry. She earned a doctorate of medicine in dentistry from the Medical College of Georgia, a master of science in oral biology from Georgia Health Sciences University, completed her pediatric dental residency at the Center for Craniofacial Disorders at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, holds certificates in pediatric dentistry and laser dentistry, and is board certified in pediatric dentistry.

And, if it helps to know this, I trust her to take care of my own two kids.

I was thrilled to have her come on The Child Repair Guide and answer just about every question you can ask about kids’ teeth here in Episode 46.

Listen to her top tips by clicking here for Apple Podcasts or play in the player below.

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • When to start brushing your baby’s teeth
  • When to introduce toothpaste and what type
  • Tips for getting a reluctant toddler to brush
  • How old your child should be before she brushes her own teeth
  • Why internet articles about fluoride toxicity probably don’t apply to your family
  • How to choose a dentist for your child
  • What to do if you think your dentist is too quick to do procedures
  • Answers about the safety of X-rays
  • The different types of sedation dentists use for procedures and how they might affect your kids
  • Why going to the dentist early can help ensure your child’s teeth grow strong
  • And much, much more!

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