1. First dental visit by 1st birthday

2. Children should see the dentist every six months 

3. Use toothpaste, just not too much. A rice grain smear for children under three, a pea size smear for children over three.

4. Brush two minutes, 2 times a day

5. Begin flossing when your child's teeth are closer together, around two ½ to three years old

6. Avoid surgery drinks, sodas and juices

7. Sharing spoons, forks, cups and straws can pass germs that cause cavities

8. Bottles & pacifiers can damage teeth. Never put babies in the bed with a bottle. By age one the bottle should be switched to a sippy cup. By age two your child should be weaned from a pacifier.

9. Dental injuries are common with children. Call your dentist if a permanent tooth is knocked out. Place the tooth in milk and get it to your dentist as soon as possible.

10. By age two, children should have 12-16 teeth. Some children are late bloomers.  If concerned about your child’s oral development your dentist can take a simple x-ray.

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IMPORTANT FACT

Childhood cavities are the #1 most common disease in children. It affects 1 out of 4 children by the time they are 4 years of age.

CARING FOR LITTLE SMILES 

Oral health plays an important role in the overall health of our children, and dental pain is one of the biggest reason kids miss school. With February being National Children's Dental Health Month, here are a few tips:

AT WHAT AGE SHOULD I BEGIN TAKING MY CHILD TO THE DENTIST?

It is recommended that by a child’s first birthday they begin seeing a dentist regularly. In addition to checking for decay, your dentist will discuss healthy habits and the development progress of your child's incoming teeth. This also allows kids to become comfortable with the dentist at an early age.

WHAT IS THE BEST THING I CAN DO TO CARE FOR MY CHILD’S BABY TEETH?

Tooth decay can happen at an early age. As soon as baby teeth erupt, begin gently brushing. It’s important to brush twice a day, especially at night before sleep. Never put your baby to bed with a bottle!

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE IN A PEDIATRIC DENTIST AND A GENERAL DENTIST?

Pediatric dentists receive an additional 2 to 3 years of training and are solely focused on the needs and development of children.