Welcome to our Kids’ Corner!
Your teeth are one of your most important possessions. Your teeth help you chew your food. They help you talk and they are the best part of a great smile. At Hillcrest Dental Care we want to help you keep your teeth healthy for your whole life.
Learning good dental habits early will set you up for a lifetime of great smiles!
We know you may have some questions about going to the dentist, so we have prepared this list of commonly asked questions.
Frequently asked questions
Why do I have baby teeth?
The first teeth you get are your baby teeth. Sometimes they are also called your primary teeth. You will have 10 on the top and 10 on the bottom. Baby teeth help you to talk and chew. But they also "save space" in your mouth so that there is room for your permanent teeth.
Will I lose my baby teeth?
When you get a little older, your baby teeth will loosen and fall out on their own to make room for permanent teeth. Most children begin to lose their baby teeth by age 6 or 7, although sometimes baby teeth fall out up to a year or two earlier or later. Girls generally lose baby teeth earlier than do boys. The last baby teeth typically fall out by age 12 or 13.
Do I have to brush my teeth?
You’ve all heard Mom or Dad ask you this and think this is just one more way for them to nag you, but they really do have a point. If you don’t brush your teeth, something called plaque will form on your teeth very quickly. What is plaque? It’s a film that grabs onto your teeth. It squirts harmful acids on your teeth. This acid causes your teeth to decay.
Should I drink soda or water?
Drinking lots of liquids is very important to overall health. As an active youngster, you lose two or more quarts of water daily, so your body needs to a good supply of fluids.
Don’t drink them too often and don’t sip for long periods of time.
Use a straw to keep the sugar away from your teeth.
After drinking, swish your mouth out with water to dilute the acid and sugar.
Don’t drink soda before going to bed, because the liquid pools in your mouth and coats your tongue and teeth with sugary acid.