Maintaining good oral health for your children will help give them a happy and healthy smile for life.
How often should children visit the dentist?
It is recommended that a child’s first visit to the dentist should be when the first tooth erupts in the mouth but no later than age two.
Children who have regular check-ups are more comfortable visiting the dentist and have fewer dental problems. The dentist will recommend appointments every 6 to 12 months. As the visits progress and your child is exposed to different aspects of dental treatments and care, they will enjoy visiting the dentist and look forward to their next visit.
Our dentists and staff at Kitchener Street Dental are trained in treating children of all ages and will work with you and your child to ensure they have a fun and exciting dental experience.
It is recommended that you only introduce adult-strength fluoride toothpaste to your child when they are over the age of 6. From 18 months old all the way through to 6 years old, your child should only be using child-strength toothpaste.
It is important that you assist your child with brushing and flossing their teeth from when they are a baby and all the way through to 8 years of age. Once your child is 8 years old, they can start to brush their own teeth. It can be a good idea to continue to watch them and make sure they brush their teeth correctly.
To help with the time, you can either use a smartphone app that reminds them to brush for at least 2 minutes or choose one of their favourite songs to brush along to.