Children’s oral care should start young to prevent issues later on in life.
Children’s Oral Care
Did you know that a child’s first dental appointment should be by the age of 1, or when their first tooth is present? And you should begin “brushing” a child’s teeth at birth?
Beginning at birth, gently clean baby’s gums after every feeding using a soft, clean, damp washcloth or a very soft bristled toothbrush made just for babies.
When baby gets their first tooth, begin brushing their teeth with a toothbrush and a non-fluoride toothpaste (they offer these in stores and may be calling training toothpaste). Be sure to brush the teeth and the gums. It is recommended to brush their teeth twice a day, but absolutely one time per day!
Get your little one involved in brushing their teeth! We let A walk around with a tooth brush for awhile to get used to the idea of it being in her mouth. Now, at 2, we brush her teeth and then let her brush her teeth. She usually brushes her teeth when I brush mine so it has become a routine.
A child should begin seeing a dentist routinely by the age of 1. Our kids see their dentist every 6 months.
Finding a Dentist
When it was K’s first time to go to the dentist, we were pretty lost. We weren’t sure where to start.
Growing up, my sisters and I all visited our family dentist rather than a pediatric dentist.
K’s first dental visit was with a family dentist and while that was absolutely acceptable, we ended up finding a pediatric dentist when our insurance changed and we couldn’t be happier with our decision.
- Ask family and friends for their recommendation.
- Ask your pediatrician for referrals.
- If the above fails, you can check out the America’s Pediatric Dentists or Dentists4Kids.com to find a pediatric
- dentist in your area.
- If you are using insurance, be sure the office accepts your insurance.
- Schedule a consultation to go in and meet the dentist, staff, and the environment.
Our Pediatric Dentist Experience
We found our pediatric dentist through our insurance company. They were close to our home and since they were covered by our insurance, we thought we would check them out.
The staff was super friendly and the office was child orientated. They had a movie playing and a video game set up for them to play. There were toys for the younger ones too. On our second visit, the front office had a ton of Lego creations on display (our dentist is a Lego fanatic!)
Our 1st Visit
On our first visit, the two older kids got x-rays of their teeth.
All of us were ushered into one large room that had three dental chairs and two televisions that were playing a children’s movie.
The big kids had their cleanings and sealant. A (who was a year old) had her teeth counted and fluoride put on her teeth.
Each of the kids were given a battery operated toothbrush; a care bag with a manual toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss; and got to pick a toy from the toy bin.
Our 2nd Visit
Our second visit was a bit different.
While the older two were taken into the large room again, A and I were taken into a smaller room right next door.
She sat on my lap facing me and then the dentist sat on a chair with his knees touching mine, facing me.
He had A lay back so she sat on my lap with her head in his lap. This allowed him to again count her teeth, and brush her teeth with a toothbrush and toothpaste.
It was quick and painless. She was a little nervous, but the dentist SANG a funny little song to her the entire time he was cleaning and counting and she relaxed. (I think that was my favorite part of the entire visit!)
The big kids did their cleaning again in the room we were in last time. (A and I joined them after her short visit.)
When they were done, they received the care bag with a new toothbrush, toothpaste and floss; and they picked out their toy from the treasure box.
All in all, our pediatric dentist experience has been positive and the children all have excellent oral hygiene. Knock on wood, we have had zero cavities so far!
With starting all 3 kids at a young age, they are set up for continued positive oral hygiene.
How do you practice oral hygiene with your children?