When should my child first see a dentist?

A child should visit the dentist for the first time by the age of one. At our practice, this “well-baby” visit is complimentary. This visit allows us to give parents useful tips regarding proper dental care and establishes a dental home for routine and urgent care.

When should I start brushing my child’s teeth?

As soon as a tooth erupts, cavities can occur.  Therefore, when your child’s teeth begin to emerge brush them gently with a child size toothbrush and water, twice a day.

What toothpaste should my child be using?

The American Dental Association recommends that you use a pea-sized drop of fluoridated toothpaste for children between 2 and 6 years old. Always make sure that your child rinses and spits out after using fluoridated toothpaste. For children under 2, use only a wet toothbrush.

When should I start flossing my child’s teeth?

As soon as teeth contact or touch each other. Flossing is the only way to remove bacteria between teeth that are in contact. A child’s teeth should be flossed once a day.

How often should my child visit the dentist?

For most children, we recommend dental cleanings and exams every 6 months.

At what age do children start to lose their baby teeth?

While this can vary from one child to another, most children begin to lose baby teeth around 5 or 6 years of age.

How can cavities be prevented?

With the proper diet and oral hygiene, cavities can be prevented. Developing healthy eating habits, daily brushing and flossing, and visiting the dentist regularly for cleanings and examinations will put your child on the path to being cavity free.

 

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School Programs

Dr. Templeton and Dr. Sherman have been invited to numerous schools in Dade and Broward Counties to talk to Pre-K and Kindergarten children.  Their presentations are a fun and interactive way for children to learn about dental health.  To inquire about one of our doctors presenting at your child’s school, please contact our office.