YOUR CHILD’S FIRST DENTAL VISIT
The Canadian Dental Association currently recommends the assessment of infants, by a dentist, within 6 months of the eruption of the first tooth or by one year of age.
The goal of early visits for children is to make sure that parents are equipped with the knowledge to care for their child’s teeth and oral health. Getting your child into a dental chair early will also help get them comfortable in the unfamiliar environment of a dental office.
At the Pitt Meadows Dental Centre, we are committed to creating a safe and friendly atmosphere for your child’s dental visits. Our goal is to make their visit a fun and educational experience while giving us the opportunity to assess your child’s oral health.
TIPS FOR YOUR CHILD’S TEETH
It is important to instill good oral health habits early in your children’s lives so they can have a healthy, happy smile.
Here are 5 things you can do to ensure good oral health for your child:
- Encourage your children to eat regular nutritious meals and avoid frequent between-meal snacking and drinks (except water).
- Use a small tab of fluoridated toothpaste about the size of a grain of rice for children under the age of 3.
- Begin flossing your child’s teeth when the spaces between their baby molars close.
- Children are not able to brush completely on their own until they develop the manual dexterity to hand write, usually around age 8.
- Talk to your children’s dentist about dental sealants to protect their teeth from decay.
PREVENTING CHILDHOOD TOOTH DECAY
TOOTH BRUSHING FOR CHILDREN THREE AND UNDER
RESOURCES FOR PARENTS