What are the common symptoms of an impacted wisdom tooth?
Most people complain of pain and swelling of the gums right above the impaction. This can be due to infection or just tension from the teeth hitting each other. Another less obvious symptom of an impacted wisdom tooth is bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth from infection and debris buildup. Some people don’t realize that they have a problem until they have pus coming out of their gums. You may also have some soreness, tenderness, or pain when eating and talking. Some people even complain of an earache.

What age should I take my child to the dentist for the first time?
It is recommended that you take your children for their first dental appointment when they are around six months old. If you notice that your children have discolored teeth, you will want to bring them in before this.

What should I use to clean my baby’s teeth?
Any soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head. There are ones designed specially for infants that are perfect to use at bedtime.

What should I do if my child has a toothache?
First, you will want to rinse the irritated area with warm water and place a cold compress on your child’s face it if is swollen. You can give your child acetaminophen for the pain. Once you do this, make sure that you see your dentist as soon as possible.

How can I prevent decay caused by nursing?
Try to avoid nursing children to sleep or putting anything other than water in their bedtime bottle. Also, make sure that you learn and teach your children the proper way to floss and brush at a young age. Taking your children to the dentist regularly to have their teeth checked will help them learn lifelong habits.