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Jeremy Dixon, DDS
195 3rd Ave (at 17th St)  
New York, NY 10003
(212) 477-7712

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Frequently Asked Questions

What type of toothbrush should I use?
The brand of the toothbrush is not as critical as the type of bristle and the size of the head. A soft toothbrush with a small head is recommended because medium and hard brushes tend to cause irritation and contribute to recession of the gums, and a small head allows you to get around each tooth more completely and is less likely to injure your gums. It's unnecessary to "scrub" the teeth as long as you are brushing at least twice a day and visiting your dentist at least twice a year for cleanings. back to top »

 

Is one toothpaste better than others?
Generally, no. However, after age two, it's advisable to use a fluoride containing toothpaste to decrease the incidence of dental decay.  In young children, that tend to swallow, use an amount smaller than a green pea. We recommend our patients use what tastes good to them as long as it contains fluoride. back to top »

 

How often should I floss?
Flossing of the teeth once per day helps to prevent cavities from forming between the teeth where your toothbrush can't reach. Flossing also helps to keep your gums healthy. We recommend that you floss at night before bedtime. back to top »

 

When should my child get their first tooth?
Typically children get their first teeth at around six months of age.  Usually the first teeth to come in are the two lower front teeth.  Patterns of tooth development can be highly variable, some kids don’t get their teeth until after twelve months or later. back to top »

 

What do I do if my child’s tooth is knocked out?
If the tooth is a baby tooth, we don’t replant them.  Bring your child to the office for an evaluation to ensure that there is no other damage.  If the tooth is permanent, time is of the essence.  Try to located the tooth and handle it only by the crown.  If the tooth is clean it can be immediately placed back in the socket and held in place by gently biting a gauze or tissue.  If the tooth is dirty, the socket is damaged, or your child too upset, place the tooth in an appropriate storage medium, ideally a tooth-saver kit from a nurse or emergency kit.  If this isn’t available cold milk or Gatorade is appropriate.  Don’t use water, it will destroy the cells of the root.  If your child is experiencing dizziness, nausea, or vomiting call your physician.  Otherwise, bring them to the office for dental treatment.
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When should I bring my child for her first dental visit?

Children should have their first dental visit at around age 1.  Our office is focused on prevention.  These first appointments consist of a brief exam to assess your child’s risk of dental disease and a consultation to help guide you to care for child’s teeth. back to top »