Our staff at Sone’s On Sheppard Dental Centre want to make your child’s experience at the dentist’s office enjoyable, and we use easy-to-understand and pleasant descriptions of our procedures and treatments so that children understand what we’re doing without being afraid.
It is so important to develop proper oral hygiene habits early, which is why we recommend children have their first dentist visit by their first birthday.
Baby teeth begin to appear, or erupt, between 6 to 12 months and continue until about age 3. Your child’s gums may be sore, and you can help by rubbing them with a clean finger, a cool, wet cloth, or giving them a teething ring.
Once teething is complete, your child’s primary teeth – 20 in all – will fall out occasionally, beginning at about age 6 and lasting until around age 21. Adults have 28 permanent teeth, plus 4 wisdom teeth.
Parents must take great care in regularly checking their child’s teeth and gums during teething for signs of decay. Also, it’s important to brush their teeth four times daily to protect them from sugary foods and drinks, including after every meal and before bedtime.
Brushing should start with the first tooth that arrives using a soft-bristled tooth brush and a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. As your child grows and can start helping brush, it’s good to train them with proper brushing techniques. Flossing is also an important part of maintaining good oral hygiene.
Starting at age 4, your child should get regular checkups, teeth cleaning and fluoride treatments with your dentist twice annually. We also recommend tooth sealants for your children to protect their teeth and make brushing and flossing easier. Ask us about sealants during your next visit.
If you see signs of decay, contact us right away.