Family Friendly Dentists
At your child’s dental appointments, we will provide professional cleaning and most importantly, the education on oral hygiene and diet. We also continually assess their dental development to ensure that we are tracking well so we can provide any early intervention should any problems arise. The most frequently asked question from our patients are when should they bring their children in for their first dental check up. We highly recommend children to have an initial dental checkup by the time they turn 2 years old.
Oral Health Education
Early education is vital in helping children develop good oral hygiene habits. At their appointment, our operators provide an interactive and engaging experience so they will remember how fun their visit to the dentist was. These early visits are so important and priceless as it ensures that the child grow up to enjoy dentist visits as well as cultivate important brushing and flossing habits. We are also more than happy to answer any questions that anxious parents may have or provide any tips to make the brushing routine easier.
How Do I Keep My Child’s Teeth Clean?
This is a very important question and it is vital to consider the age of your child as well with how many teeth they have. A baby with newly erupted teeth needs to have the teeth brushed daily. We can do this by using a soft, child-sized toothbrush with only water. We recommend lying the baby on your lap, facing you or on a bed. Gently brush each tooth and massage the gum with a soft, circular motion. It is important to not use any toothpaste at this age.
This is very different to a toddler, as we continue brushing their teeth twice daily with a pea sized amount of child strength fluoride toothpaste. Gently brush in circular motion and you can encourage them to brush their own teeth for a minute or so before offering to help them. As soon as your child gets teeth contacting each other, we recommend helping them with floss every night, in an up- down motion. This helps them remove any excess food that may be caught in between the teeth. This will help build important oral hygiene habits that will stay with them to adulthood.