Your child's first teeth will begin coming in between three and sixteen months (usually around six months). Your child will continue to get new teeth until he has all twenty of his primary teeth when he is three years old, with most children getting about four new teeth every four months. Children begin shedding their first teeth when they are around 6-7 years old, and this process is complete with the loss of the 2nd molars when he is about 11-13 years old.
Cleaning your child’s teeth:
Once your child's teeth begin erupting, you can begin cleaning them by wiping them with a moist washcloth. As your child gets more teeth, you can begin to use a soft child's toothbrush. You should use just a pea-size amount of a fluoride toothpaste or a non-fluoride toothpaste (like Baby OraGel) until your child is able to spit it out (too much fluoride can stain their teeth).
When should I take my child to the dentist?
The Canadian Dental Association recommends the first dental visit to be 6 months after the first tooth erupts, which is usually by one year of age. In addition to looking for and preventing problems, an early visit to the dentist can help educate you about your child's oral health and proper hygiene. So when should the first visit be? If your child doesn't have any risk factors for developing cavities, such as sleeping with a cup or bottle or walking around all day with a cup of juice, and if his teeth seem to be developing normally, then you can probably wait until your child is older and just ask your Pediatrician to check his teeth at each well child visit.
If your child has any problems, such as staining of his teeth, crowding or abnomal tooth development, or if he has any of the above risk factors for developing cavities, then he should see a dentist earlier. You may also want to see a dentist if your child has any persistent habits, such as sucking his thumb or using a pacifier as a toddler or grinding his teeth at night.
Interior Health’s website does provide some tips for maintaining your baby, toddler or child’s good Dental Health at:
Following are some Kelowna dentists that specialize in working with babies, toddlers, preschoolers and young children and that are accepting new patients.
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ToothZone Kids specializes in the care of infants (starting with a preventative exam at age 1), children, adolescents, and patients with special needs!
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