Many patients ask what age is the best to bring your child in for their first dental visit, which toothpaste is the best toothpaste, when should they be losing their baby teeth, among many other questions. This blog will answer many common questions that parents have regarding the oral health of their child.
A first visit is recommended for a child at about the age of 2 years old. The procedures completed at this visit will depend on the cooperation of each individual child. Some 2 year olds will have a full cleaning, exam and x-rays while others may only be ready for a “happy visit”. This would include counting the teeth, taking a ride in our dental chair and learning about the different instruments. Our goal is to make the first visit as pleasant as possible so as to create fond memories that will set the stage for future appointments.
What type of toothbrush and toothpaste should my child be using? Toothbrushes are labeled and sold according to age groups starting at the age a tooth first erupts. See the packaging label to find the correct brush. A small brush head with soft or extra soft bristles is best. Be sure to replace the brush every 3 months or after any illnesses. Younger children should use toothpaste with little to no fluoride content. Ingesting too much fluoride could cause an upset stomach. As soon as your child can spit after brushing, fluoridated toothpaste approved by the ADA can be used to help prevent tooth decay. Brushing should be performed twice daily. Adult assistance may be necessary as motor skills are still developing. Don’t forget to floss! Floss once daily. Floss aids may be a big help until adolescence.
Children begin to lose their baby teeth and grow their adult teeth around the age of 6 years old and will continue that cycle through the age of 13. Each persons teeth erupt at different times. Regular dental visits will allow your dentist and hygienist to monitor their progress.
Juice and milk consumption should be limited and not sipped before bed or over longer periods of time. Keeping juice and milk in the mouth creates the perfect environment for cavities to form. Rinse with or drink water after meals, snacks, fruit juice and milk to help rinse cavity causing bacteria away. Baby teeth can get cavities too! Do your best to keep them healthy.
For any questions regarding your childs dental health, be sure to call your friendly team at Elmbrook Family Dental.