Your child’s first dental visit should and can be fun!

It is a good idea to acclimate your infant to dental care by wiping his or her gums with a clean, wet cloth or gauze after feeding. By the age of two, all of an infant’s teeth are usually visible. Parents should start introducing a toothbrush and brushing the child’s teeth twice a day.  If toothpaste is used, ensure that it is free of fluoride.  Fluoride toothpaste can be used when your child is able to rinse and spit and doesn’t swallow it.

When your child is about 3 years old it is time to start thinking of a first dental visit.  You want to generate excitement about visiting the dentist early in life to create good habits. The first visit is a fun adventure where the child rides in the chair and has their teeth counted and polished.