Your child’s first visit
We recommend that your child’s first visit should be around 3 years of age. Their first visit may consist of:
- Introducing them to the office in a relaxed atmosphere
- Teeth Cleaning
- Checking the development of their teeth
- Fluoride (if needed)
- Dental X-Rays (if needed)
What about preventative care?
Tooth decay and children no longer have to go hand in hand. At our office we are most concerned with all aspects of preventive care. We use the latest in dental sealant technology to protect your child’s teeth. This is just one of the ways we will set the foundation for your child’s lifetime of good oral health.
Most of the time cavities are due to a diet high in sugary foods and a lack of brushing. Limiting sugar intake and brushing regularly can help. You may need to assist your child with their brushing until they can manage on their own. Regular dental check-ups can also help to maintain healthy teeth.
Tips for cavity prevention
- Encourage brushing, flossing and rinsing
- Limit sugary drinks
- Avoid giving your child sticky foods
- Make treats part of meals
- Choose nutritious snacks
The first baby teeth that come into the mouth are the two bottom front teeth. You will notice this when your baby is about 6-8 months old. Next to follow will be the 4 upper front teeth and the remainder of your baby’s teeth will appear periodically. They will usually appear in pairs along the sides of the jaw until the child is about 2 1/2 years old.
At around 2 1/2 years old your child should have all 20 teeth. Between the ages of 5 and 6 the first permanent teeth will begin to erupt. Some of the permanent teeth replace baby teeth and some don’t. Don’t worry if some teeth are a few months early or late as all children are different.
Baby teeth are important as they not only hold space for permanent teeth but they are important to chewing, biting, speech and appearance. For this reason it is important to maintain a healthy diet and daily hygiene.