The Key to Preventing Dental Decay
Visiting the dentist at 1 year old, or 6 months after their first tooth!
A child doesn’t need to have all their baby teeth in to see the dentist. It’s best to get advice on how to brush, what foods to eat, and whether or not they need fluoride as soon as their first teeth come into the mouth. That way we can prevent cavities before they have a chance to start!
Don’t worry if your child isn’t ready to “sit still.” When they are very young I do a lap exam, like you see in the photo above. It’s a comfortable way to do the check up because the child has the security of seeing and holding hands with their parent. Also the parent can see everything I see, so it’s a great way to go over brushing and show any areas of concern.
Start your child’s oral health off on in the right direction! Celebrate their first dental visit with their first birthday!
Want to know more? Visit the Canadian Dental Association's website www.firstvisitfirsttooth.ca