Healthy Teeth for Kids
Posted January 11, 2012 by Wager-Evans Dental
Our team at Wager Evans Dental wants to help you establish healthy dental habits with your children. Dr. William Wager likes to pay special attention to his younger patients and keep them on the right track for a lifetime of healthy smiles! Below are answers to some frequently asked questions about childhood dental health.
Q: How should I clean my infant’s mouth?
A: After your baby’s first tooth becomes visible, begin cleaning his or her gums with a slightly wet, clean washcloth.
Q: When should I take my child to the dentist for the first time?
A: Ideally, children should see a dentist before their first birthday. This allows for us to examine their gums and check for any problems.
Q: How old should a child be for the first dental cleaning?
A: The American Dental Association recommends that children get their first cleaning between the ages of four and five.
Q: What is a good age for a child to begin brushing his or her own teeth?
A: Most children begin brushing their own teeth between the ages of three and four. We recommend that parents supervise their children while they brush to make sure their kids are using proper techniques and aren’t swallowing toothpaste.
Q: How often should my children visit the dentist?
A: We would like to see your child at least twice a year. Dental cleanings allow us to remove tartar and plaque which help prevent cavities and decay. This enables us to monitor your child’s oral health closely and make suggestions for improvement.
With your help, we can establish proper oral hygiene with your child and help reduce childhood tooth decay in our community. If it’s time for your child’s dental checkup or a first visit, please give us a call at (775) 800-4845. We proudly serve patients of all ages in Reno, Sparks, Golden Valley, Spanish Springs, Cold Springs, and the neighboring areas.