When should my child visit the dentist for the first time?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children visit the dentist for the first time about six months after their first tooth erupts, or no later than their first birthday. These appointments are designed to help your child become comfortable in the dental office and ensure that he or she is growing and developing correctly.

When will my baby start getting teeth?

Babies begin to develop teeth in utero during the second trimester of pregnancy (about 16-20 weeks). Baby teeth typically begin to emerge between 6 and 10 months of age, but it is completely normal for some children to not get a first tooth until 18 months old!

When can my child brush their teeth by themselves?

Young children do not have the ability to adequately clean their teeth on their own until they are able to tie their shoes by themselves. We recommend letting your child brush first, followed by you. Even after children are able to tie a shoe, we recommend that parents supervise their child’s oral hygiene routine.

When do I need to start flossing my child’s teeth?

It is important to begin flossing your child’s teeth as soon as they have two teeth that are touching. You only need to floss with your child one time per day--we suggest doing it before bed. We understand that it is not always easy to incorporate something new into your child’s routine! You may find that it is easier to floss your child’s teeth before you brush, as well as begin flossing with their back teeth, and move towards the front. If you have any questions, please ask us at your child’s next visit; one of our team members would be happy to help you!

When can my child begin using fluoride toothpaste?

Fluoride toothpaste can be used safely on young children; however, it is important to follow the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s guidelines. Children from 0-3 years old should only receive a “smear” sized amount of fluoride toothpaste on their toothbrush, while children 3-6 years old can use a “pea sized” amount. Please see the picture below for an example:

Why are primary teeth important?

Primary teeth are critical to maintaining good oral health and proper development. Your child’s primary teeth facilitate: