At Maple Dental Care in Milton, ON, we want your whole family to feel comfortable visiting us! Dr. Yao San Siao, Dr. Sharon Siao and our dental team want your children to have a fun time at our dental office. At Maple Dental Care, we use pleasant, non-frightening, eay-to-understand words to describe each detail of their dental treatment. We want you and your family to feel at ease from the moment you arrive at our dental practice. To learn more about pediatric dentistry at our practice, keep reading or give us a call!
When should my child first visit the dentist?
Children should visit the dentist for the first time by their first birthday. It is important that your child's new teeth, which they'll get starting at around six months of age, receive proper dental care and benefit from proper oral hygiene habits right from the beginning.
What happens when my child's teeth come in?
Your child's first primary or baby teeth will begin to erupt between the ages of six and 12 months, and will continue to erupt until about age three. During this time, your child's gums may feel tender and sore. To help make your child more comfortable while his or her new teeth are coming in, we recommend that you soothe the gums by rubbing a clean finger or a cool, wet cloth across them. You may also choose to give your child a teething ring. When your child has finished teething, they can expect a total of 20 primary teeth!
Your child will lose his or her primary teeth at various times while they grow up. Children's permanent teeth usually begin erupting at age six, and continue until age 21. Adults have 28 permanent teeth - 32 if you include wisdom teeth!
How can I encourage a healthy dental routine for my children?
As your child's teeth erupt, be sure to examine them every two weeks, looking for lines and discoloration that may be caused by decay. Remember that sugary foods and liquids can attack a new tooth, so take care that your child brushes after feeding or eating. We recommend brushing four times a day for optimal oral hygiene: after breakfast, after lunch, after dinner, and at bedtime.
Brushing can be fun, and your child should brush as soon as the first tooth arrives. When a baby's tooth erupts, parents should brush the tooth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. For children younger than two, do not use fluoride toothpaste unless advised to do so by your dentist or other healthcare professional. We suggest reviewing proper tooth brushing procedures with your child.
Flossing is also a part of good oral hygiene habits, and your doctor will discuss with you the right time to start flossing. If you notice signs of decay, contact your dentist immediately.
How do I help my children prevent tooth decay?
The easiest way to prevent tooth decay is to bring your children in for regular dental appointments at Maple Dental Care. Tooth decay is caused by sugars left in your mouth that turn into an acid, which can break down your teeth. Children are at high risk for tooth decay for a simple reason; many children and adolescents do not practice regular, good oral hygiene habits. Proper brushing and flossing routines combined with regular dental visits help keep tooth decay away.
Your child should visit the dentist every six months for regular dental cleanings and checkups. We recommend fluoride treatments twice a year along with cleanings to keep teeth their strongest. Tooth sealants are also recommended because they "seal" the deep grooves in your child's teeth, preventing decay from forming in these hard-to-reach areas. Sealants last for several years, but will be monitored at your child's regular checkups.
Getting to know your teeth is fun!
At Maple Dental Care, we want to help teach children as much as possible about their teeth. Download the "Dynamite Dental Fun Kit" today!