Diagnostic and Preventative Services starting at age 1
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that your child’s first dental visit be scheduled by his/her 1st birthday. It is important for your child to become familiar with the dentist and the staff to build trust, making it easier and more relaxing on their future dental appointments. We want to make their first appointment a pleasurable experience, where they will discover new things about their teeth and oral health. While we encourage parents to accompany their child during their examination appointment, we promote self-independence and encourage that you allow our staff to guide your child through their dental treatment. Parent/caregiver education is also essential at your child’s dental visit.
Baby Oral Health Program
bOHP, was founded at the University of Chapel Hill in 2005 and its goal is to educate dentists on the delivery of oral health to infants and children. It also has a “parent portal” to help parents with any questions they may have regarding the care and development of their child’s teeth. It also helps parents locate a pediatric dentist in their area.
Fluoride exposure is important for infants and children between the ages of 6 months and 16 years because the primary (baby teeth) and permanent (adult teeth) teeth are coming in during this time frame. New research shows that topical fluoride from toothpastes, mouth rinses, and fluoride treatments are important to help fight decay and to strengthen the development of teeth.
Four out of five cavities are found on back teeth in children. To protect them from decay, shortly after eruption, sealants are placed. The sealant acts as a barrier to plague, acid, and food. It is applied to the chewing surfaces of back teeth as clear plastic coating.
When do I need to start caring for my child’s teeth?
Caring for your child’s teeth starts at birth. Use a small wet washcloth to wipe their gums. As their teeth start to come in, you should use a small, soft-bristled toothbrush to brush them. Do not use toothpaste with fluoride until your child turns 2, after this age you should only use a pea-sized dab of toothpaste on their brush and encourage them to spit out excess toothpaste after brushing.
It is recommended that you stand behind your child and cradle their head to help them brush their teeth until the age of 4 or 5, by this age they should be able to begin brushing their teeth alone.
Can I use normal toothpath for my child?
Do not use toothpaste with fluoride until your child turns 2, after this age you should only use a pea-sized dab of toothpaste on their brush and encourage them to spit out excess toothpaste after brushing.
When should I teach my child about flossing?
It is never too early to start flossing, it is believed to be the single most important factor in reducing plaque. Daily flossing and brushing should become a routine for your child to prevent cavities, periodontal disease, and other dental problems later in life.