At Chestermere Station Pediatric Dentistry, we work hard to make your child’s first visit to the dentist an enjoyable experience. Children are not born with a natural fear of the dentist, but they do often fear the unknown. Thus, we strive to leave your child with a good impression of the dentist and to make that first visit very special. To create a good, lasting impression, we recreated a 1900’s old-time train station setting in our lobby. This way when you arrive, it is not like a visit to a typical family dentist.
Also, when you visit us, our dental team will make a special effort to use pleasant, non-frightening, simple words to describe each treatment to your child to put him or her at ease. The more you and your child know about the first visit, the better you and your child will feel about coming in for an appointment.
The Canadian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends the following:
Children should visit the dentist by their first birthday. It is essential that your child’s newly-erupted teeth receive proper dental care and benefit from proper oral hygiene habits right from the beginning.
When New Teeth Arrive
Your child’s first teeth typically begin to erupt between 6 and seven months of age and will continue to erupt until about age three. During this time, your child’s gums may feel tender and sore. To help alleviate this discomfort, we recommend that you soothe the gums by rubbing a clean finger or a cold, wet cloth across them. You may also choose to make use of a teething ring. When your child has finished teething, you can expect a total of 20 primary teeth.
Your child’s primary teeth are shed at various times throughout childhood. Permanent teeth begin erupting at age 6 and continue until age 13. Adults have 28 permanent teeth (32 including wisdom teeth).
Adopting Healthy Oral Hygiene Habits
As your child’s teeth erupt, be sure to examine them. Look for lines and discoloration that may be signs of decay. Remember that sugary foods and liquids can attack a new tooth, so take care that your child brushes after feeding or eating. We recommend brushing two times a day for optimal oral hygiene.
Brushing can be fun, and your child should brush as soon as the first tooth arrives. When a baby’s tooth erupts, parents should brush the tooth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a smear of toothpaste on the brush. Children over the age of 3 should apply a pea-sized amount of toothpaste for greater coverage of teeth.
Flossing is also a part of good oral hygiene habits. At a certain point in early development, the bristles of the toothbrush are no longer useful in removing the plaque between teeth, so flossing is a necessity to promote good dental hygiene.
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