When should I start taking my child to the dentist?

You should take your child to see a dentist by the time they celebrate their first birthday. The Paediatric dentist will evaluate your child’s oral and dental health and diagnose any problems, which may exist. Do not wait until a problem occurs. Preventive dental visits from an early age lay the foundation for a lifetime of good oral and dental health. First visits are mostly about getting kids used to the dentist’s chair and educating parents about how to care for their children’s teeth.

What is the difference between a paediatric dentist and a family dentist?

Paediatric dentistry is a dental specialty that focuses on the oral health of young people. A paediatric dentist has three years specialty training following dental school and limits his/her practice to treating children only. Paediatric dentists are primary and specialty oral care providers for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health needs.

How often does my child need to see the paediatric dentist?

A check-up every six months is recommended in order to prevent cavities and other dental problems. However, your paediatric dentist can tell you when and how often your child should visit based on their personal oral health.

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When do the first teeth start to erupt?

At about 6 months, the two lower front teeth (central incisors) will erupt, followed shortly by the two upper central incisors. The remainder of the baby teeth appear during the next 18 to 24 months but not necessarily in an orderly sequence from front to back. At 2 to 3 years, all of these 20 primary teeth should be present. The first adult teeth can erupt at any age, so don’t be alarmed if your child’s teeth haven’t become wiggly when all their friends have. However if your child hasn’t lost their first primary tooth by the age of

When should parents start cleaning their child’s teeth?

Parents should be brushing their child’s teeth at least once daily with a soft-bristled kids toothbrush specially designed for toddlers’ small mouths and delicate gums. Good oral care starts before teeth appear. After feeding, parents should wipe baby’s gums with a soft washcloth or a baby toothbrush using water only (no toothpaste).

What should I use to clean my baby’s teeth?

A toothbrush will remove plaque and bacteria that can lead to decay. Use fluoridated tooth paste (<450ppm) for children under six years of age. Place only a smear of toothpaste on the brush and keep the tube safely out of reach. After brushing, don’t rinse. Instead just ask your child to spit out. That way they are less likely to swallow any toothpaste and it keeps a protective layer of fluoride on their teeth.

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When can I let my child start brushing their own teeth?

As soon as your child is willing and able, it’s a good idea to let your child try to brush their own teeth, even though they probably won’t do a good job until they are about 7 years old or so. In the meantime it can be a fun and engaging idea to brush your teeth while your child brushes their own teeth. Then you can “check” each other’s teeth to see if they are clean.

Are certain foods more likely to cause tooth decay?

Yes. Sweets (including chocolates, sugary food, dried fruit, juice, and foods such as peanut butter and jelly) and starches (such as breads, crackers, pasta) can contribute to cavities. Try to serve these foods at mealtime rather than as snacks so they’re more likely to get dislodged and won’t sit on the teeth too long. Serving them with water is also helpful. Make sure your child has a balanced diet, including one serving each of fruits and vegetables, milk and dairy products, and meat, fish and eggs You can also ask your paediatric dentist to help you select foods that protect your children’s teeth.

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Are baby teeth really that important to my child?

Primary, or “baby,” teeth are important for many reasons. Not only do they help children speak clearly and chew naturally, they also aid in forming a path that permanent teeth can follow when they are ready to erupt.

How safe are dental X-rays?

With contemporary safeguards, such as lead aprons and high-speed film, the amount of radiation received in a dental X-ray examination is extremely small. Even though there is very little risk, pediatric dentists are particularly careful to minimize the exposure of radiation to children. In fact, dental X-rays represent a far smaller risk than an undetected and untreated dental problem.

Tips for positive dental visit

  • √ Schedule the child’s first dental visit between the arrival of the first tooth and their first birthday
  • √  If possible, schedule a morning appointment when children tend to rest and cooperative
  • √  Stay positive! The dentist will help to keep your child’s teeth healthy; keep to yourself any anxiety that you might feel about dental visits.
  • √  Never bribe your child to go to dentist or use the visits as a punishment or threat
  • √  Finally, try to make the child’s dental visit an enjoyable outing. Teaching your child good oral hygiene habits early can lead to a lifetime of good dental health

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FAQ March 31, 2016