Pedo (Kids Dentistry)Back to section Child dentistry
Guidelines for working with children
parents / guardians are always welcome in the room
comfort is always our concern
parent / guardian consent and guidance are vital, before any procedure
We recommend a first checkup by 12 months. A simple guide for when to schedule a first visit:
no longer than 6 months after first tooth is erupted
at least by 12 months old
as soon as possible if you have any querries
There is a significant value for early well baby dental checkups. In particular, checkups for very young children address many concerns including teaching adults how to care for their child's teeth and gums, how to help their children learn to care for themselves, answering parents questions and concerns, and planning for future dental health.
Education and prevention are the cornerstones of our concern for the dental health of children. In addition to teaching parents and guardians about dental care for their child, checkups are an appropriate time to comfortably and easily evaluate:how many teeth are present
are all teeth present
loose teeth if any
braces / bite evaluation
check health of gums habit evaluation
homecare / prevention
address adult's concerns
teach adults how to care for child's teeth
Home Dental Care Tips
It is often difficult initially to brush your child's teeth. They can really put up a struggle, screaming, kicking, crying, running away, not opening their mouths - every kid is different.
Healthy teeth and gums are so important to start out life with. We've often heard the value of choosing your battles with your children, and this is one to choose.
Remember that the initial challenge you face is actually more taxing on you than it ultimately is for your child.