It is normal for parents to have lots of questions about their child’s teeth and that’s why regular 6-month checks are very important! Over the years, we have answered countless questions from concerned parents, so we have created a list of the most frequently asked questions to help you understand your child’s oral health a little better!
When Should My Child First See A Dentist?
We recommend scheduling an appointment with the kid’s dentist as soon as your child gets their first tooth. The Canadian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry states that children should be seen by a dentist by the time their first tooth erupts, or by their first birthday, whichever comes first.
What Should I Expect from My Child’s First Dental Appointment?
The first visit is usually relatively short and straightforward. In most cases, the pediatric dentist will focus on getting to know your child and making sure that they feel comfortable in the dental chair. At HiFive Kids Dental, we will also examine your child’s teeth, gums, and jaw to ensure healthy development. The dentist will address topics such as tooth milestones, oral hygiene, injury prevention, fluoride use, and the role of diet. We will also answer any questions you may have about caring for your child’s teeth at home.
How Can I Prepare My Child for Their Appointment?
The best way to prepare your child is by maintaining a positive attitude about the visit. Children pick up on their parents’ worries and apprehensions, and if negative comments are made about the dentist, they may preemptively fear the experience. Let your child know about the importance of oral health and how the dentist will help them do that. The first visit is relatively quick and a fun one and children really do enjoy coming to see us at HiFive Kids Dental!
How Often Should My Child Visit the Dentist?
In general, we recommend a visit every six months.
How Should I Brush My Child’s Teeth?
If your child has a few teeth, you can start gently brushing with a smear size of fluoride toothpaste. Make sure only to use a small amount, and always have your child rinse and spit out the toothpaste after brushing. You should brush your child’s teeth for them until they have developed the skill and habit to do so themselves, which usually happens by age seven.
Why Should I Care About Baby Teeth if They are Not Permanent?
This is a very common misconception. While baby teeth are not permanent, they are precursor’s to your child’s permanent teeth. If your child loses a baby tooth prematurely due to damage or decay, nearby teeth can encroach the space and lead to crooked or misplaced permanent teeth. Not taking care of baby teeth can also lead to pain and infection and effect your child’s eating
and sleeping. Good habits that are built while your child has baby teeth will last into the future and allow for healthy permanent teeth!
Are you looking for a friendly and comfortable kids’ dental office in Pickering or Ajax?
Visit HiFive Kids Dental today. We are a specialty dental office designed for children. Our team of pediatric dentists is well-trained to take care of all your child’s dental needs. Call us to book an appointment– we can’t wait to meet you and your little one!