At What age should my child see a dentist?
We loves babies! We love children! But, we know WE can be intimidating with the masks, gloves and white coats. We like kids to come with YOU to your hygiene visits before the age of one- no expectations, just a chance to see mom or dad or grandma or grandpa get their teeth cleaned. If you are uncomfortable not having someone right there with your child…bring a babysitter or grandma! The more exposure to a dental visit before their first time in the chair, the less anxiety. We will talk to you about how to care for your babies/toddlers teeth. Our main goal is to establish a routine for brushing teeth- for babies just a wet wash cloth mom or dad rub on their gums. By toddler age, they should be using a toothbrush and non-fluoridated toothpaste and mom or dad always finish! By school age, spitting out the toothpaste has become a contest…so toothpaste with fluoride is appropriate; just make sure they don’t eat the toothpaste…it is yummy!
Why should my child see a dentist if the baby teeth fall out?
Baby teeth do fall out, but they serve a very important role in your child’s development, speech and chewing. It also allows us to establish a good routine and good dental habits.
How often should they see the dentist?
There is no set rule, but we suggest every six months. Our goal is to detect decay, correct bad habits and evaluate any developmental issues.
Is there a better time of the day to schedule this appointment?
Make sure they have a full tummy and well rested! It is tempting to schedule a 5pm after work, but that isn’t always the best time for your child. However, you know your child best!
A final suggestion…children listen to what you say, BUT they also watch what you do. Make sure you set a good example by brushing your teeth every morning and every night!