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Your children should have their first dental visit at about 12 months of age. This gives us an opportunity to review their unique dental needs with you. As with many aspects of parenting, your children depend on you to tend to their dental care until they have reached an age when they take care of it for themselves. We also use this opportunity to outline the role of nutrition in solid dental development.
Of course, your child’s early visits give us an opportunity to diagnose any difficulties immediately, and begin to develop a complete dental history.
Start your kids off right with good dental care habits.
Of course, until your children are able to properly brush and floss their own teeth, you will have to do it for them. There are a couple of things to keep in mind as you do:
Use a thin coating of toothpaste on the brush, about the size of small pea. (See photo)
Brush and floss gently, and try to make the process fun—try to get your children to enjoy taking care of their teeth.
Brushing a toddler or young child’s teeth can be a frustrating task, but please persevere as the alternative (cavities and consequently fillings) is even less desirable.