The AAPD recommends “by the first year, or first tooth.” While we follow that guideline, we like to have parents bring their child with them when they get their teeth cleaned so the child can warm up to us and get used to all the sights and sounds of a dental office. The noises and tools can be alarming to a small child, and we want them to be comfortable and at ease. Most of our staff have small children of our own, and we know how important it is for a child to feel safe and welcome.
We focus first on educating the parents on how to take good care of their child’s teeth – for example, how to clean their child’s gums before the first tooth appears, and how to help their child avoid cavities. We can help to show parents how to brush their child’s teeth until they’re old enough to hold the brush and rinse on their own. Also, parents will want to know how to detect the signs of tooth decay, so it can be taken care of before it gets worse.
Along with good oral hygiene habits, dental care can help protect children’s teeth in the years when they’re most vulnerable to cavities and tooth decay. We offer dental sealants to help protect a child’s teeth when they need it most and fluoride varnishes to strengthen them.