It is important for your child's oral health to consult a dentist at an early age: thanks to a first complete examination of his mouth and dentition, the dentist can give precise instructions (both general and personalized) in oral hygiene.
The mouth evolves constantly during childhood! Make an appointment today for your child and start to teach him the best oral hygiene care at a young age. Remember, good habits last a life time!
Good oral health: it begins at childhood!
Personal care, regular checkups by the pediatrician, and periodic exams and cleaning at the dentist are essential to your child's healthy habits.
Pediatric dentistry focuses on preventive care and parent awareness of common dental problems in children, such as bruxism, thumb sucking and bottle feeding.
We can never stress enough the importance of regular dental care and supervised personal care in children. Moreover, the Canadian Dental Association recommends a first visit to the dentist at the age of one year or within 6 months of the appearance of the first baby tooth.
Parents should start flossing and brushing their child's teeth as soon as their first baby tooth is first seen. Once the children are old enough, they should teach them how to use them on their own. However, children should be supervised when using the toothbrush and dental floss at home. As they will need help until they reach the required dexterity, it is suggested to start by letting the child brush his teeth by himself, then brush them immediately afterwards.
If your child's dentist has recommended fluoride treatment at home, it should be closely monitored by the parents so that the child does not swallow fluoride. In addition, children should not use fluoride toothpaste until they are able to swallow toothpaste when brushing.
At the onset of permanent molars, around the age of six and twelve, it may be advisable to use a resin for sealing to reduce the risk of tooth decay in the hollow of these teeth.
At the dentist, many preventive measures such as sealing resins (or sealants), fluoride treatments and mouth guards help your children maintain healthy, clean teeth.
Consult our section on preventive dentistry