It’s a good idea to bring your little ones for their first visit around the age of one. It’s important to introduce your child to the dental office early in order to establish a level of comfort that will continue as the child ages. Too many of us have unpleasant memories of dental visits as children, making the importance of building a positive relationship between the child and hygienist or dentist very important.
Plaque collects on children’s teeth just as it does on adult teeth, making its removal essential to prevent dental decay and gum problems. The bacteria in dental plaque cause tooth decay and gingivitis and those health issues increase when plaque is allowed to build up on a child’s teeth.
About 20 per cent of three-year olds have decay that started when they were one or two.
Home care should begin as soon as the first tooth erupts. It calls for thorough tooth cleaning by gently wiping the surfaces of the tooth. A piece of gauze wrapped around a finger is recommended. As more teeth erupt, a small, soft brush can be used.
We look forward to welcoming your little ones to the office for their first dental visit.