Making the decision to have a child is something most people don’t take lightly. There is nothing bigger than having to be responsible for another human life…nothing! (no pressure for those who have decided to have a child or will be having one soon). Having to worry about every thing they do can be stressful. Ultimately, the main thing good parents want for their children is for them to be safe and healthy. Part of that starts in the mouth.
Ensuring your child is growing into a healthy and happy teenager and then adult, starts with good dental practices. Here is a Q&A regarding child dental development and maintenance.
When should my child first visit the dentist?
The best time for a child’s very first visit to the dentist is at age one, or approximately 6 months after the first tooth makes it through their gums.
When should you start brushing your child’s teeth?
After the first tooth makes an appearance through the gums and you have taken your child for their first dental visit, you can proceed with brushing. Using an infant toothbrush and a tiny amount of toothpaste and water you can gently brush your child’s teeth.
When should my child start flossing?
When the child’s mouth has had enough time to develop and there are several teeth in the mouth that are close together would be the best time to help them start flossing. This usually occurs when the child is around 2 years old. As they get older you can teach them how to floss on their own.
When your dental foundation is built on good habits and techniques, all you have to do is maintain them to have a healthy smile. Consult with your local Ottawa dental professional for more specific questions or concerns you may have related to your child’s teeth, gums and overall oral hygiene.