Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Tooth Loss

What should I do if my child’s baby tooth is knocked out prematurely?

Contact our office as soon as possible. 860- 464-7204

After normal business hours follow the message prompts for Dr. Jean.

What should I do if my child’s permanent tooth is knocked out?

Carefully rinse the knocked out tooth in cool water. Do not scrub the tooth. If possible, replace the tooth in the socket and hold it there with a clean cloth or by having your child bite his teeth together. If you can’t put the tooth back into the socket, place the tooth in a container of milk (or water if milk is not available.)

Contact our office immediately. Children's Dentistry of Gales Ferry Phone Number 860-464-7204. After normal business hours follow the prompts for Dr. Jean.

The tooth has a better chance of being saved if you act immediately.

What should I do if my child’s tooth is fractured or chipped?

Contact our office as soon as possible. Time is of the essence! Our goal is to save the tooth and prevent infection.

What do I do if my child has a toothache?

Call our office to schedule an appointment.

How can we prevent dental injuries?

Sport related dental injuries can be reduced or prevented by wearing mouth guards. Child proofing your home can help reduce injuries at home. In addition, regular dental check ups will contribute to preventative care.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Diet & Cavity Prevention

Can my child’s diet affect their dental health?

You already know the answer to this one.  Diets high in sugar (even organic) and other forms of carbohydrates will increase the probability of tooth decay.

How do I create a diet that is safe for my child’s teeth?

Initiate a balanced diet. Analyze the frequency in which starch-based foods are eaten. These types of foods include breads, pasta, potato chips, etc. In addition, sugar is found in more than just candy. All types of sugars can promote tooth decay.

Should I eliminate all sugar and starch from my child’s diet?

No way! Many of these foods are incredibly important to your child’s health. Starch-based foods are much safer for teeth when eaten with an entire meal. Foods that stick to teeth  stay there longer and are more likely to lead to tooth decay. It’s important that you talk to our staff about your child’s diet and to maintain proper dental care.

What helpful information can you give me regarding tooth decay in infants?

Most importantly, don’t nurse your children to sleep once they have teeth. Do not put them to bed with a bottle of milk, juice, or formula. When a child is sleeping, any of these liquids that remain in the mouth can support the bacteria that produce acid and harm the teeth. A simple pacifier or bottle of water is fine.