We will recommend ways your little ones can learn good oral health at an early age. Parents are encouraged to promote brushing at home; give your infant a toothbrush of his or her own and encourage him or her to brush with you (you’ll find toothbrushes with chunky, short handles that are easy for him or her to grip).
Most children don’t have the dexterity necessary to thoroughly clean their own teeth until they’re about six or seven, so you’ll have to do that for your child until then. Try different tactics to make brushing fun, such as using like flavored toothpaste, a toothbrush with his or her favorite character on it, or singing songs about brushing. The primary goal is to instill healthy oral habits at an early age to set your child up for a lifetime of healthy, cavity-free set of teeth.
Along with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, we recommend that a child’s first dental visit be scheduled by his/her 1st birthday. However, we are happy to see younger children if there are any concerns regarding any aspect of their dental health. You can help make the first visit to our office enjoyable and positive. Your child should be informed of the visit and told that the dentist and his/her helpers will explain all procedures and answer any questions. All instruments are shown to your child who can touch and experience them on their fingers before your child even opens their mouth.
Children should visit the dentist every six months afterwards for regular checkups and routine teeth cleaning.