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Q & A with Dr. McNutt

Dr. Charles McNutt- Pediatric Dentistry of Greenville


At what age should my child visit the dentist?

As soon as a significant number of teeth erupt, usually 10-12 teeth or 9-12 months.

What should I use to clean my baby's teeth?

Depending on the age of the child, you can start with a soft, clean wash cloth or a
“finger brush” for infants, then graduate to a soft, small toothbrush.

What should I expect at the first Pediatric Dental visit?

The teeth are cleaned and examined by the doctor. Parents are counseled and any questions
are answered.

What guidelines will help children remain

cavity free?

Attack Dental Caries (decay) from all avenues. Diet, Cleaning, Flossing, and Fluoride.
All are very important to your child’s dental health.

How important is a child's diet in the prevention of cavities (dental Caries)?

Very important. Dental caries cannot exist without something to “feed” them, and that is sugar!

What are dental sealants and who can benefit from them?

Any ages can benefit, but ages 6 to 16 benefit most. A simple analogy is that a sealant acts as a “Polyurethane” barrier to coat, seal and protect the grooves and pits of your child’s tooth.

Why are primary "baby teeth" important?

Primary teeth are important for many reasons. Chewing, appearance, and speech development being the most obvious answers. Most importantly, the primary teeth hold the space for the erupting permanent teeth. The final primary teeth are not replaced until approximately 13 years old.

Do you allow parents to come back with their children?

Yes! Especially for very young infants and first visits. Once the children are comfortable with the staff (usually after the first visit) most prefer to have their teeth examined and cleaned with only their age group in the Clinical Area. They “grow up” very quickly!

Does my child need fluoride treatments?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends four (4) times yearly for stronger, In-Office fluoride applications. Most insurance companies only cover two (2) yearly applications. Therefore, our office asks that you supplement with daily at home applications.

Are thumb, finger and pacifier habits bad for the teeth and jaws?

95% of the time, yes. Only in rare cases do these habits present no problems.

What can I do to stop my child's habit?

Psychologists recommend ignoring and not mentioning the habit at all as this is negative attention. We will be happy to offer alternative or additional methods.

What kind of toothpaste should I buy my child?

Any toothpaste they will use, some children don’t like certain “Minty” tastes. The most beneficial aspects of toothpaste are the fluoride and its surfactant (soap).

What kind of toothbrush should my child be using?

Soft bristles and a size that fits. Small brushes for small children, larger brushes for bigger children.

When should my child begin to floss?

Parents should initially expose their children to flossing (and good dental practices in general) by allowing them to watch them while they floss their own teeth.

Does my child need to floss if s/he has gaps in the teeth?

Only if absolutely no contact exists. However, it is extremely important to remember that we are starting life- long dental health practices that they will need to properly care for their permanent teeth.

What age should my child start using mouthwash?

Not until they can control liquids in the mouth and expectorate ("spit"). Usually around age 2 or 3 of age.

When will my baby start getting teeth?

The normal range is 6-8 months of age. Earlier or later is certainly not a problem or abnormal. The sequence of eruptions is more important.

What is baby bottle tooth decay and how do I prevent it?

Any substance other than water (i.e. milk, formula, juice, Gatorade) will eventually dissolve the enamel of a tooth. This is especially true when administered by a "nipple" This allows the liquid to bathe the teeth constantly during the entire feeding. Even prolonged breast feeding can cause damage to the enamel.

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

Please visit our Dental Emergencies Page for specific information.

When is my child too old for the Pediatric Dentist?

When the child (usually in the late teens) no longer:

  • Sees a pediatrician
  • Has NO orthodontic problems
  • Is comfortable with an adult dentist


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