Many parents wonder when the time is right for their child to see us at Smile Center for Kids in Sunland and Edgemere TX for the first time. The American Dental Association recommends that kids visit the dentist around their first birthday, a little earlier than some parents might guess. Early visits help to ensure that children are getting every advantage when in comes to oral health.
When Do I Start Brushing My Child’s Teeth?
When your child gets that first tooth, it is time to brush. Parents should use non-fluoride toothpaste until the child is two years old. Then, use only a tiny dab. Young children often swallow toothpaste while brushing. If a child ingests too much fluoride, teeth can become stained.
Prevent Dental Anxiety
It’s also important that kids are comfortable at the dentist office. If they don’t visit a dentist until they have a dental problem that is causing pain, they are more likely to associate the dentist with pain and fear. Just as well child check-ups, dental exams and cleanings should be routine or every child.
What Does The Dentist Do at the Check-up, If My Child Doesn’t Have a Cavity?
The goal is to make sure your child never gets a cavity. In these early visits, we usually clean the child’s teeth, apply fluoride, and assess any that may be present, such as baby bottle tooth decay. When your child’s molars come in, we can discuss dental sealants. These are one of the best ways to keep your child’s teeth cavity-free.
At Smile Center for Kids in Sunland and Edgemere TX, we attach a great deal of importance to early dental care. Parents from El Paso, Anthony, Socorro, Horizon City, and Canutillo trust their youngsters’ smiles to our pediatric and general dentistry. Contact us today!