When caring for your child’s oral health, it is important to start at a young age. Both the Canadian and American Dental Associations recommend home dental care starting even before the eruption of the first tooth. After the eruption of the first baby teeth, typically around 6 months of age, it is recommended that a dental screening be completed by your dentist. At this early age, the parents should make certain they're cleaning their infant’s teeth daily in order to help your child develop a cleaning habit. It's important to know that the earlier you start, the easier it is to form this habit.
Your little one’s teeth will develop in 3 different stages. The first stage starts from 6 months of age to about 6 years of age. In this stage your child will develop and erupt all the baby teeth. The second stage then starts from 6 years of age to approximately 12 years years of age. At this point, children have a combination of both permanent and baby teeth. The third and final stage takes place from the age of 12 and lasts for a lifetime. At this point, there are no longer any baby teeth remaining.
The main purpose of children’s dentistry is prevention and education. Prevention always starts at home, but your dental team can help with regular checkups, routine cleanings, fluoride application, pit and fissure sealing and hygiene education. By utilizing these prevention methods, we can maintain and promote your child’s oral health, as well as help your child understand the best methods of dental care.
The information provided is for general information purposes only and not intended to replace professional care. Please consult your physician or dentist for advice and diagnoses so you can be properly treated for your specific situation.