At what age should I bring in my child for his or her first dental visit?
It is recommended that your child come in to see one of our dentists when his or her first tooth erupts or around one year of age, whichever comes first. Even if your child hasn’t developed any teeth yet, coming in around age one allows us to begin keeping an eye on his or her oral development and teach you how to take care of his or her mouth.
How should I clean my baby’s teeth?
Toothbrushes designed especially for children have extremely soft bristles and small heads making them ideal for brushing your baby’s teeth. Brush your baby’s teeth once a day before bed. If you prefer, you can gently wipe your baby’s teeth with a soft washcloth.
Why does my child need dental care so early?
Your child’s first set of teeth, or primary teeth, are going to fall out and be replaced by their adult teeth at some point. This doesn’t mean that they don’t need oral health care attention, however. Primary teeth play a part in oral development and function allowing your child to learn to speak properly and acting as a guide for the secondary teeth that will eventually develop.
How often does my child need to see the pediatric dentist?
Just like adults, children need to see the dentist for a general pediatric dentistry checkup every six months. This allows us to check on growth and make sure no cavities or other oral health problems are developing. Should your child need extra attention for some reason, we may recommend that they come in more often.
How can I help prevent tooth decay and other oral health problems?
We can provide you with a wealth of information about how to care for your child’s oral health. Bringing your child to our dental office is the first step. Have your child eat a balanced diet that’s low in sweets and high in calcium, and make sure to teach him or her proper oral hygiene habits.