The first dentist visit should be an enjoyable experience. Kids are not born with an innate fear of dentists. However, they may fear what is unfamiliar. Our dental office in Burlington makes every effort to use simple, kinds and non-threatening words to communicate with children. We will carefully describe every treatment. It is our mission to make you and your family feel comfortable from the moment you walk through our door.
Children should have their first dentist visit by age one or when the first tooth erupts, whichever comes first. It is important to care for your child’s oral health from the start. New teeth will begin to erupt between six and 12 months of age. New teeth will continue to arrive until your child reaches age three, give or take. By the time your child finishes this first phase, you should be able to count about 20 baby teeth.
The first set of teeth will shed at different times throughout childhood. Adult teeth start to show up at age six. They will continue to erupt until age 21. Adults have 28 teeth (32, including wisdom teeth).
As new teeth continue to erupt, be sure to examine each one every couple of weeks. Check for discoloration or lines that may indicate decay. Limit sugary foods and beverages and make sure your child brushes after eating. For optimal oral hygiene, we recommend cleaning your child’s teeth after each meal and before bed. Flossing is also important, and your Burlington dentist will discuss with you the right time to start flossing.
When sugar is allowed to sit on tooth surfaces it turns into an acid that breaks down the enamel. Kids are at high risk of decay because they don’t always have the best oral hygiene practices. Proper brushing and flossing, and routine dentist visits will help protect your child’s oral health.
Regular teeth cleanings and exams should be scheduled every six months for optimal results. In addition, professional fluoride treatments and dental sealants are highly recommended for added protection. Call Harbourview Dental today to learn more about the benefits of pediatric dentistry in Burlington.