Family Dentistry of Woodstock treats children as young as 2 years old. Whether this is your child’s first visit to a dentist or this is a visit to a new dentist, it is important that your child feel comfortable and begin developing a trusting rapport with the doctors and staff.
On the first visit we will check the child’s teeth for decay and any signs of early developmental problems, answer questions and explain how to care for the child’s teeth. Children, like adults, should visit their dentist for a check-up and cleaning every 6 months.
Even before your baby’s first tooth comes in, make sure to wipe his or her gums with a wet cloth after feeding to remove excess food and bacteria. After teeth erupt, use a soft-bristled brush and warm water to clean the teeth.
By age 3 a child’s primary (baby) teeth have appeared and they should begin brushing their teeth with the help of an adult to make sure that all areas of the teeth are properly cleaned. By age 8 children are usually old enough to brush and floss by themselves with only occasional checks. A balanced diet is important for healthy teeth and gums. Children especially need calcium, which helps build strong teeth. Some good sources of calcium are from milk, cheese and yogurt.
When a child’s first permanent molars erupt, usually at age 6, consider protecting them with dental sealants. A sealant is a thin plastic coating applied by your dentist to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. By filling in the teeth’s grooves, sealants create a barrier against food and bacteria that cause decay.