ABBA Dental is committed to promoting proper dental care and regular dental visits starting in early childhood. When you bring your child into our clinic, our staff will make sure that your child is as comfortable as possible.
Canadian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Recommendations
It is recommended that children with newly erupted teeth receive dental care by their first birthday in order to benefit from proper oral hygiene.
Your child’s teeth will begin to appear between the ages of six months and three years. As these “baby” teeth erupt, they can cause discomfort and soreness. There are some methods which can be used to help relieve some of the discomfort. You can rub a wet cloth or a clean finger across the gums, or you can choose to purchase a teething ring. A full set of “baby” teeth is a total of twenty teeth. As your child begins to age, they will lose these teeth, growing thirty-two adult teeth (includes wisdom teeth).
Proper dental health starts early. As your child’s teeth start to erupt, you should keep watch to make sure they do not look discoloured or deformed. If you find something that looks out of the ordinary, notify your dentist immediately.
Good habits including avoiding sugary foods and drinks and brushing after each meal are recommended. Promoting a proper brushing routine can be a fun activity. If the child is too young to brush their own teeth, you can brush their teeth for them using a soft-bristle brush and a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. For children under two years old, fluoride toothpastes are not recommended.
If you are interested in learning when you should start teaching your child about flossing, your dentist would be glad to provide answers to your questions.
Children who eat sugary foods are at a higher risk for tooth decay. Sugars that are left in the mouth will eventually turn into acids that break down the enamel. Tooth decay can be deterred by practicing good oral hygiene. Regular visits to your dentist and proper brushing habits are very important.
Every six months, your child should have a dental checkup and cleaning. Your dentist will provide fluoride treatments and will examine your child’s teeth to see if any sealants might be necessary.
If you would like to schedule an appointment for your child at our dental clinic in Vancouver, please call us at 604-688-7201.