Dentistry for Kids
Dentistry At University Downs is happy to say that a lot of kids come to our Waterloo dental office.
We are often asked: “At what age should I bring my child to the dentist?” If you have any concerns with your child, bring them in no matter how old they are. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that a child go to the dentist by age 1 or within six months after the first tooth erupts.
We also recommend that parents bring in their toddlers to watch them get their teeth cleaned so they see what goes on at the dentist. They can then go for a ride in the dental chair at the end of mom or dad’s visit. We also encourage moms and dads to ask us questions about dental care for their infants when they are in for their own visits.
Good habits start at a young age. We recommend brushing with a non-fluoridated toothpaste until your child can properly spit out. Once they can do that, you can then switch to a toothpaste containing fluoride but all you need is a pea-sized amount on the brush each time. Begin to floss as soon as your child has teeth adjacent to one another. Starting to floss at this early age teaches your child that flossing is a part of the daily routine along with toothbrushing.
Baby teeth not only help your child chew food, but they also hold the space to allow the future adult tooth to erupt into its proper space. Therefore, cavities on baby teeth may or may not need to be restored with a filling. It depends on the size of the cavity and the amount of time the tooth will remain in the mouth.
Feel free to ask us any questions you may have about your child’s oral health.