As a dental office, one of the most common questions we get from parents is “When should I start taking my child to the dentist?” The answer? After their 1st birthday!
The average age for children to start developing teeth is between 6 and 12 months. Cavities can appear as soon as your baby has teeth. Crazy, right? Starting dental visits early is important not only to make sure everything is developing properly, but also so your child gets accustom to and is comfortable coming to the dentist. The first visit is vital for parents as well to learn about at-home care.
During a child’s early years it is the parents or caregivers job to know the essentials of how to properly care for their children’s teeth. Parents should be brushing their children’s teeth twice a day once that first tooth appears and flossing between any teeth that touch. So the question then, how much toothpaste should you use? If the child is under three years old use an amount equivalent to a grain of rice. Children ages three and older should use a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste.
It is important to make dental hygiene fun for kids, and it starts at home! Routine dental visits and proper at-home care is the key to protect those pearly whites!