Our office makes a special effort to use pleasant, non-frightening, simple words to describe each treatment. We want you and your child to feel at ease from the moment your family arrives at our office. The more you and your child know about the first visit, the better you will feel.
Children can often fear the unknown, so it’s understandable that they may not be comfortable with their first few visits to the dentist. Our team understands this, so we go out of our way to ensure that your child is as comfortable as possible when they’re in our office.
At an early age, it’s vital to teach your children about the importance of maintaining their oral health so that they fully understand it before their permanent teeth come in. Also, the state of their temporary teeth set the course for their permanent teeth to grow in, so they need to keep them at top shape.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends:
Children should visit the dentist by their first birthday. It is important that your child’s newly-erupted teeth (erupting at six and 12 months of age) receive proper dental care and benefit from proper oral hygiene habits right from the beginning. Getting to know your teeth is fun!
When New Teeth Arrive
Your child’s first primary teeth will start coming in between 6 months and 12 months. This will continue until they are about 3 years old. During this time, their gums may feel tender or sore. It’s completely normal, but it can be uncomfortable, so try to alleviate the discomfort by rubbing a clean finger or a cool, wet cloth across them. Another option is a teething ring. When the teething process is complete, you can expect a total of 20 primary teeth.
Your child will then start losing their teeth at their own pace and will start getting their permanent teeth at age 6 and it this will continue until about age 21. Adults have 28 permanent teeth (32, including wisdom teeth).
Your Child’s Oral health
Examine your child’s teeth every two weeks as they erupt, checking for lines and discoloration that may be caused by decay. Be careful with sugary foods and drinks because they’re especially dangerous to a new tooth. We recommend brushing four times per day for optimal oral hygiene: after breakfast, after lunch, after dinner, and at bedtime.
Your child should start brushing as soon as the first tooth arrives. For babies, brush their teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. For children two years old and younger, don’t use fluoride toothpaste.
Be sure to teach your child the proper way to brush, and make it fun for them! Follow along with this fun video.
Flossing is also a part of good oral hygiene habits, and your doctor will discuss with you the right time to start flossing. If you notice signs of decay, contact your dentist immediately.
Preventing Tooth Decay with Regular Checkups
Your child should visit the dentist every six months for regular dental cleanings and checkups. We recommend fluoride treatments twice a year along with cleanings to keep teeth their strongest. Tooth sealants are also recommended because they “seal” the deep grooves in your child’s teeth, preventing decay from forming in these hard-to-reach areas. Sealants last for several years but will be monitored at your child’s regular checkups.
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