East Central Health of Georgia

East Central Health District

Dental FAQs


What are sealants?

Why do we need to take x-rays?

What is fluoride?

  • Fluoride is a substance painted on teeth to prevent cavities
  • Fluoride is also in drinking water & toothpaste
  • It is our best & cheapest cavity protection
  • http://apps.nccd.cdc.gov/MWF/index.asp

What does oral health mean and why is it important?

  • It is the overall health of everything in your mouth.
  • If you have poor oral health it can affect your speech, self-esteem & appearance
  • It also effects your eating ability &overall health
  • Toothaches prevent learning in school.

What is an extraction?

  • Pulling or removing a tooth
  • This is a last resort – saving the teeth is usually best

Are baby teeth as important as permanent teeth?

  • Yes, baby teeth are just as important
  • They help child chew & eat a healthy diet
  • Baby teeth allow the child to speak properly
  • They are important for looks & self esteem
  • Baby teeth hold the space for permanent teeth & prevent the need for braces
  • http://www.kidshealth.org/kid/body/teeth_noSW.html

When should your child come for their first visit to the dentist?

  • 1 to 2 years old – no later than their third birthday
  • If the mother or older siblings have cavities, they need to be checked very early