When should we start flossing?

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Flossing is important to begin once the teeth begin to touch each other and can trap and harbour food and bacteria. The most important areas to floss for children is between their back molars. Try using floss sticks, they are much easier to use. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), the authority on children’s oral health, states that “Kids …

How often should my child see a dentist?

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Children should see their dentist twice a year. Routine assessments help to reinforce the feeling of the “dental home”, and this also allows the dentist to monitor feeding and oral hygiene habits. It is important to keep up with preventative methods to aid in good oral health. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a dental check-up at least twice …

Is it OK for my child to use a pacifier?

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Sucking is perfectly normal for babies and is very soothing for them; many stop by age 2. Prolonged sucking, however, can create crooked teeth or bite problems. If the habit continues beyond age 3, professional advice is recommended. And although thumb-sucking and pacifier sucking essentially have the same effects, a pacifier is preferred over the thumb/finger because this habit is …

Why is brushing before bed the most important time to brush?

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While a child sleeps, any unswallowed liquid in the mouth feeds bacteria that produce acids and attack the teeth. Protect your child from severe tooth decay by brushing their teeth before putting them to bed and by also not giving them anything but water after the brushing. If they do have something to eat or drink again, remember to brush …

When should I start brushing my baby’s teeth?

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The sooner the better! Starting at birth, using a soft infant toothbrush or damp cloth, clean your child’s gums and as soon as the teeth begin to erupt, start brushing twice a day, morning and night. In the additon, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends to “use a “smear” of toothpaste to brush the teeth of a child less …

How often should I be brushing my child’s teeth?

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It is important to brush twice a day! Once after breakfast, and again before bed at night. Night time brushing is the most important time because we don’t produce as much saliva while we are sleeping. Saliva production plays an important role in keeping our mouths clean and healthy The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) advises parents and caregivers to …

At what age should my child have their first dental visit?

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The earlier, the better! It is recommended that the first dental visit starts at the age of 1 year or when the first teeth become visible. This not only helps to provide your child with a “dental home” but will also help new parents gather all the information they need to provide and encourage great oral health habits. On this …