Frequent Answers & Questions
At what age should my child see the dentist?
Age 0-6 Months Old. This may seem early, but because tooth decay may appear by 12 months of age, and can destroy the teeth very rapidly, this visit is crucial.
This early visit is as important as the child’s early pediatrician visits. Many problems can be prevented by this early dental visit.
The purpose of this visit is to examine your child’s mouth, to determine proper jaw development, to check for decay, to make sure that the teeth are coming in correctly and to screen all of the oral tissues for disease.
A child cannot have a positive dental experience when his or her first visit is due to a dental emergency, while experiencing dental pain or tooth decay.
This is why we recommend that your child be seen by a dentist before the age of one. This will make it more likely that your child’s first dental visit is happy, calm and non-invasive.
The younger we see your child the quicker we can help prevent many issues that children are facing today.
Contact us today to schedule your child’s first dental visit.
How often do the children need a routine check-up?
Most children need to have their routine check-up and cleaning every six months.
In some patients with a higher risk of dental decay or gingivitis (gum inflammation), check-up and cleanings maybe recommended every 3 to 4 months.
Because the development of the teeth and jaws is constant up to approximately age 12-14, continuous monitoring is needed to identify and prevent dental and orthodontic anomalies.
What Can I Do When My Child Won’t Cooperate with Tooth Brushing?
- Make tooth brushing a positive experience. Try to find ways to make it fun and enjoyable. Be patient and relaxed.
- Avoid brushing your child’s teeth when they are tired or hungry. It will be harder for them to cooperate.
- Be consistent. Routine is important. Some days will be easier than others, but your children need to know that they will have their teeth brushed every morning and night.
- Take turns brushing each other’s teeth. Use your own toothbrush!
- Make a game of it. Play “Guess what I see on your teeth”. Use a small hand mirror and a flashlight for fun.
- Be sure you can see into your child’s mouth as you brush. Support the chin and neck.
- Have your child sit or lie comfortably. Use your lap, the change table, or wherever it is convenient.
- Brush teeth gently but with enough pressure to remove debris. Use a small, soft tooth brush.
- Try different flavours of fluoride toothpaste. Find one your child likes.
- Allow your child to swallow or spit often during brushing. Children need frequent swallowing breaks so they don’t feel like they are choking.
- Be a good role model. Let your child see you brush and floss your teeth daily.
- Brush your child’s teeth until they are at least 9 years old. Some researchers suggest until your child is 12 years old may be necessary or depending on his or her manual dexterity, and fine motor skills or special needs.