A child’s first visit to the dentist should not be a scary one. Children are not born with a natural fear of dentists, but they can fear the unknown. Hearing that a big stranger is going to poke around your mouth with sharp tools can, without a doubt, be a daunting idea. At our Vancouver dental office, the Absolute Dental team make a unique effort to utilize enjoyable, non-frightening, easy words to explain each procedure while including moms and dads in this process as much as possible.
We want you and your child to feel at ease from the moment he/she comes to our office. The more you and your child learn about the first visit, the better you will both feel.
Your child’s teeth and jaw development is an important element of their growth.
There are standards regarding when to anticipate particular turning points, such as your child’s very first primary tooth, or their very first adult molar. However, it is essential to keep in mind that these ages are guidelines and many children might develop at different rates which is completely normal. What is more vital is that the pattern of tooth development be there as expected (eg. baby lower incisors comes in prior to the baby molars). If you feel that your child’s teeth are not growing in the proper order or he/she is experiencing unusual discomfort, we encourage you to get in touch with our Vancouver dental practice as soon as possible.
Your child’s main or primary teeth will begin to appear between the ages of 6 and 12 months, and will continue to appear till about age 3. During this time, their gums might feel tender and sore. To help reduce this pain, we advise you soothe the gums by rubbing a clean finger or a cool, damp fabric throughout them. You may likewise opt to utilize a teething ring. When your child has finished teething, you can expect a total of 20 primary teeth.
Your child’s primary teeth will fall out at different times throughout childhood. Permanent teeth start showing at age six, and continue up until age 21. Adults should have 28 permanent teeth– 32, including wisdom teeth.
As your child’s teeth emerge, be sure to check them every 2 weeks and check for lines and discolouration that may be due to decay. Keep in mind that sugary foods and liquids can damage a new tooth, so ensure that your child brushes after drinking or eating. At our Victoria Drive dental practice, we recommend brushing 2 times a day for optimum oral hygiene for children: after breakfast and at bedtime.
Your child should visit the dentist every six months for regular dental cleanings and examinations. We advise fluoride treatments two times a year along with cleanings to keep teeth at their best. Tooth sealants are likewise recommended as they “seal” the deep grooves in your child’s teeth and can avoid decay from forming in these hard-to-reach areas. Sealants last for a number of years and will be monitored during routine checkups.
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