FAQ: When Should My Child First See a Dentist?

Most children should have their first visit by the age of two. If a child is seen early the overall dental development can be observed and any abnormalities or discoloration of the teeth will be noted. The dentist can also educate the parents on thumb sucking, cavity prevention, pacifiers and teething problems. If problems are suspected before the age of two years it is best to call your dentist to arrange a first visit for your child at that time. How many times a day should a child brush?

It is rare that a child can find the time or the discipline to brush three times a day as is recommended for adults. However, it is very important that all children brush at least twice a day, once after breakfast and once before bedtime. Most of the bacteria that causes decay does the preponderance of its damage while the mouth is at rest and the child is asleep.

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