Your Child's Teeth

At what age should children visit the dentist?

Dr. Klym and the Canadian Dental Association recommend seeing infants by age 1, or within 6 months of their first tooth erupting.

 

Through experience, we have found that the best way to introduce young children to the dentist is to have them attend a parent’s routine appointment. This allows the child to meet the staff and become comfortable with the sights and sounds of the office. By age 2, the child should begin their own personal visits.

 

If at any time a concern arises prior to, or in-between, scheduled appointments we encourage parents to contact us. Areas of concern in your child’s mouth include black or brown lesions on the teeth, chipped teeth, open holes, or any degree of pain or sensitivity.

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Tips for caring for your child's teeth

  • 0 – first tooth: Use a soft, wet cloth twice daily to wipe your baby’s gums. 
  • First tooth – 9 months: Use a very soft infants toothbrush without toothpaste to clean the erupted teeth twice a day.
  • 9 months +: You may introduce a children’s toothpaste; however, only use a very small amount (the size of a grain of rice) on the toothbrush.

 We encourage parents to play an active role in their child’s oral health. Remember that education and prevention are key factors towards ensuring a healthy mouth, and a beautiful smile that will last a lifetime!

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