At Kissimmee Family Dentistry, we’re proud to offer dental care to patients of all ages. Often, parents come to us with questions regarding their child’s oral health. Get answers to those most frequently asked questions.
When Should My Child Visit the Dentist for the First Time?
We recommend bringing your child to the dentist within six months of their first tooth coming in. This is important because regular checkups allow us to catch problems early. The last thing you want is for your baby to have several cavities the first time they come to our office!
When Can My Child Start Flossing?
Most children should start flossing when they’re two or three years old. At this point, they’ll have at least two teeth that don’t have a gap between them.
How Important Are Baby Teeth?
Baby teeth are important. Even though many of them will fall out and be replaced by adult teeth, they still hold space in your child’s mouth, allowing the adult teeth to come in correctly.
Along with this, problems with your child’s baby teeth can cause them discomfort, even affecting their eating and speech.
How Do I Teach My Child to Take Care of Their Teeth?
It’s important to establish strong oral health habits early, since this protects kids and sets them up for a lifetime free of dental issues. We recommend staying with children when they’re first learning to brush.
Along with verbally explaining how they should brush their teeth, you should also model the behavior for them so they can gain a fuller understanding of the process. We will reinforce these teachings by showing your child how to take care of their teeth when they visit our office.
If it’s taking time for your child to learn to properly take care of their teeth, they may be a good candidate for dental sealants.
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