Frequently Asked Questions
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that the first dental visit should be within six months after the baby’s first tooth appears, but no later than the child’s first birthday. These early visits are crucial in detecting any potential problems and starting a good oral hygiene regimen.
Before the visit, try to talk positively about the experience, explaining that the dentist is a friendly doctor who will help keep their teeth strong and healthy. Reading them children’s books about going to the dentist can also help. During the visit, stay calm and positive to help your child feel more at ease.
Even though they are temporary, baby teeth (primary teeth) play a vital role in your child’s development. They help in proper chewing and nutrition, speech development, and they also hold space for the permanent teeth. If a child loses a baby tooth too early, it could lead to problems with the proper development and alignment of their permanent teeth.
Yes, fluoride toothpaste is recommended for children. For children under 3 years old, a smear the size of a rice grain should be used. For children 3-6 years old, a pea-sized amount is appropriate. Make sure your child spits out the toothpaste after brushing and doesn’t swallow it. Fluoride strengthens the tooth enamel, making it more resistant to decay.
Good oral hygiene practices should start early. This includes regular brushing with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing once a day, eating a balanced diet and limiting snacks and sugary drinks. Regular visits to the dentist for cleanings and checkups are also vital to maintain your child’s oral health and catch any potential issues early.