When should I take my child to the dentist for the first time?

You should schedule an appointment at our office in Eagan, MN around the first birthday so that we can check for good oral hygiene, cavities and any developmental or congenital abnormalities.


If baby teeth eventually fall out, why are they important?

Baby teeth are very important because they serve many of the same purposes of adult teeth, such as tearing and chewing food and helping the child speak properly. Additionally, they hold the place for adult teeth. If baby teeth are lost prematurely, an appliance called a space maintainer is needed to prevent the remaining teeth from shifting into the space of the lost tooth.


How do thumb sucking and pacifier habits harm teeth?

There is not much difference between the two habits and they only become a problem if the baby teeth start to get displaced or if the habit continues after the adult teeth have erupted.


How often do children need to visit the dentist?

Children should visit a dentist every six months. We like to catch anything when it is small and by seeing the child every six months gives us the best chance to keep an eye out for any signs of early decay. Additionally, since teeth start coming and going, we like to have a history of each patient’s dental development.


Is toothpaste good or bad for children?

Fluoridated toothpaste should not be used for children under age 2. After that time, parents should be in charge of dispensing the toothpaste and the amount to be used each time should not be bigger than the size of a pea. Make sure the children spit the toothpaste out instead of swallowing it. It is not dangerous if they swallow it once or twice, but do not let it become a habit.

Please follow these few steps if a tooth gets knocked out:

Pick up the tooth by the crown, which is the chewing surface, and not by the root. If the tooth is dirty, hold it by the crown and rinse it gently with water. Your goal is simply to remove the dirt from the surface of the tooth. Do not use any soap or chemicals, do not scrub or dry the tooth and do not wrap it in a tissue.

Next, place the tooth back in the socket as soon as possible. The sooner the tooth is back in its original position, the better the chances it will have to survive. Place the tooth back in the socket with your fingers or place it above the socket and slowly close your mouth. Hold the tooth in place with gentle biting pressure or with your fingers.

If you can't get the tooth back in the socket, the tooth must be kept moist by placing it in either milk, inside your cheek or you can use a tooth preservation kit available at your pharmacy. The last option is to place the tooth in water with a little pinch of salt.

Call us right away! If we can see you within 30 minutes, we can begin the process of trying to save the tooth. 651-401-8710

Pedodontics

What is pediatric dentistry?

Pediatric dentistry is the branch of dentistry that deals with infants, children and adolescents, including those patients with special care needs.


Do you have to be a pediatric dentist to treat children?

No, you don't. Dr. Rauchwater has been caring for children for 30 years.


Do I need to brush my children's teeth?

Yes, because children develop plaque just like adults do and it must be removed on a daily basis so it does not lead to tooth decay. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush that will fit into the child's mouth at least once a day to begin with when they are very young and at least twice a day by the time most of the baby teeth have erupted.


I did not give my baby candy but he still has decay. How did that happen?

Decay is not only caused by candy; it can be caused by most foods or liquids other than water that do not get removed from the surface of teeth. If a toddler is continuously given a bottle with almost anything other than water at bedtime, he/she will probably develop baby bottle caries, which are cavities on the front teeth. Do not give a bottle with anything other than water at bedtime and get in the habit of brushing your child's teeth on a regular basis.

Eagan, MN’s pediatric dentistry professionals


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Please follow these few steps if a tooth gets knocked out.