Kids should see us for a checkup as soon as their first tooth breaks through, or by their first birthday – whichever comes first. Even before that, though, parents should add dental care to all the other responsibilities a newborn brings.
You should start wiping a baby’s gums with a soft, damp cloth when your bundle of joy is still just a few days old. That will help to prevent decay.
We mentioned that first visit to the dentist: as soon as their first tooth emerges, or their first birthday. Regular checkups, even that young, help to prevent cavities and other dental health issues. After that, we like to see your youngster for a cleaning and checkup every six months, just like mom and dad.
You should be brushing and flossing your child’s teeth when they’re little, and get them into a dental health routine as soon as they’re old enough. Most kids have enough manual dexterity to brush on their own when they’re around three years old. It’s important that you make sure they do a good job, until you’re certain they can handle it.
Flossing is another matter. It can be tricky for anyone, and takes a little more dexterity than brushing does. They don’t need to use string floss right away; there are flossers made especially for kids that make the job easier. When they are old enough, though, they should graduate to string floss.
Kids should get a new toothbrush every three months or so, just like grownups do. We think it’s a good idea to let them choose their own brush and other supplies. Just make sure the one they settle on has the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance on the package.
Eventually your child will be a brushing and flossing veteran, and accustomed to regular checkups at Just For Kids Dentistry in Las Vegas. We offer outstandning pediatric dentistry and early dental care. Before you know it, your baby will be a young adult, and ready for a grown-up dentist. They grow up so fast!