We want your child’s first dental visit with us to be the start of a wonderful relationship. Developing good habits at an early age is important for both parents and children. The focus of this visit will be to educate parents, gently examine the inside of the child’s mouth, and help create good oral hygiene habits for life.
Speech is an integral part of cognitive, social, and emotional development. Teeth are important for proper pronunciation of words and can help children build self-confidence. Healthy primary teeth promote good chewing habits, and encourage a nutritious diet. Severely decayed teeth can prohibit proper chewing motions and may lead to nutritional deficiencies. Primary teeth also hold an appropriate amount of space for developing adult teeth and promote jaw development.
6 months - 3 years 3 years +
Your child could be at risk for tooth decay if:
Before Teeth erupt:
After teeth Erupt:
Start Early. If oral hygiene habits start at a very young age children come to expect it as part of their daily routine.
Make it Fun. Singing a brushing song or allowing the child to have a turn can create a positive experience. Don’t wait until the child is overtired and cranky.
Motivate. Often children will gladly brush for a sticker or a star on a chart, or you can brush together to make it a group activity. Involve them by allowing them to choose their own toothpaste or toothbrush colour at the store.
Stand Firm. Don’t let them off the hook if they resist. Have the attitude that “it must be done” like a diaper change or a bath.