The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all children be seen by a dentist by their first birthday. This is from the conclusion of multiple studies that show children who have good oral health care early in live (including regular dental visits) experience less tooth decay and less money on dental care as they become older.

Our goal here at Kidz Dental Works is to prevent tooth decay from starting. By teaching children to brush the teeth and gums for 2 minutes every morning and every night, floss, and avoid sugary snacks. For babies it’s essential that they are not put to bed with a bottle containing anything but water after the eruption of their first tooth, as this can result in early childhood decay.

Brushing can be fun, and your child should brush as soon as the first tooth arrives. Parents should brush the teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Children under two do not need a fluoride toothpaste unless advised by a doctor. It’s important to remember that children’s teeth erupt at various times throughout their childhood, but there are a total of 20 primary (baby) teeth and 32 permanent (adult) teeth (including wisdom teeth).