It’s important to take care of your child’s dental health right from infancy by gently cleaning their gums using a soft washcloth or gauze. Consult a dentist with vast experience in dentistry for children in case you’re not sure how to clean your baby’s gums. Starting early will teach your child that dental hygiene is an important routine, and they’re likely to stick to it for the rest of their lives.
You’ll need to use a special children’s brush soon after the first teeth erupt between six and eight months of age and onwards. Cleaning your child’s teeth after every meal will ensure that they stay healthy and free from dental diseases. Children with healthy teeth learn how to chew food easily and speak clearly.
Remember not to use fluoride toothpaste to protect your child from developing dental fluorosis. Fluorosis is a condition that affects the tooth enamel and comes about due to too much fluoride during the first eight formative years. Contact our children’s dentist in Edmonton or Calgary in case you are having trouble finding the right toothpaste for your child.
First Dental Visit
We recommend taking your child to the dentist at the age of 2. At this age, children are more eager to learn new concepts, and they’ll most likely remember what the dentist tells them.
The initial visits are mostly informative, and they seek to help parents establish a proper dental care routine for their children. Our Calgary and Edmonton children’s dentists will demonstrate some of the most effective brushing techniques to you and your child. You’ll also learn the importance of good nutrition and how it helps maintain healthy teeth. Subsequent visits should come every year until your child develops adult teeth.
Don’t hesitate to ask the dentist questions related to dental care. You can prepare well in advance by writing down a list of questions to ask the dentist. Remember to bring a list of your child’s current medications if any, and prepare to fill out a medical history form to avoid any medical emergencies.
How Dental Choice Helps Young Patients Feel Comfortable During Dental Visits
The best way to prepare your children for their first dental visit is to bring them along with you for your dental appointments. This will help familiarize them with our dentists and other staff members. Consequently, future dental visits will be short and easy.
Taking a hungry child to the dentist is only inviting trouble. The visit will certainly turn into an unpleasant affair, as the child will be restless throughout the session. Your child should be well rested and not hungry during the first and subsequent visits to the dentist.
Positive feedback from the dentist — and even the parents — is also important for the child’s morale. It will help he or she look forward to more dental visits.
We can also use the Wand on anxious patients. The Wand is a special device that makes it possible to freeze a single tooth while reducing numbness. This device works well with all types of patients, including children.
For more information on how to take care of your child’s oral health, please don’t hesitate to contact Dental Choice. We have offices in Alberta across 16 locations in Edmonton, Calgary and Airdrie.
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