With You From Day One
Inculcating good oral hygiene habits starts from your child’s first tooth and dental appointment. We are here to help you each step of the way.
A child’s first visit to the dentist should be enjoyable and memorable for the right reasons. Our office makes a special effort to use pleasant, non-frightening, simple words to describe each treatment. We want you and your child to feel at ease and in complete control from the moment you arrive at our office.
Before you visit, get answers to some common questions below.
When should I schedule my child’s first visit?
Children should visit the dentist by their first birthday. It is important that your child’s newly-erupted teeth (erupting at 6-12 months of age) receive proper dental care and benefit from healthy hygiene habits right from the beginning.
What should I do when new teeth arrive?
Your child’s first primary teeth will erupt at 6-12 months and will continue to erupt until about age three. During this time, your child’s gums may feel tender and sore. We recommend that you soothe the gums by rubbing a clean finger or a cool, wet cloth across them. You may also choose to make use of a teething ring.
How can I implement good oral hygiene habits?
As your child’s teeth erupt, be sure to examine them every two weeks, looking for lines and discoloration caused by decay. Brush four times a day: after meals and at bedtime. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Avoid fluoride and gradually introduce flossing.