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Most children are not born with a fear of the dentist; these fears develop due to negative associations with the dentist or by fear of the unknown. It is crucial that children are introduced to their family dentist early to maintain a positive association with the dental practice. Parents are also encouraged to use positive, pleasant words when describing the dentist to ensure that a child is at ease the moment your family walks into the practice. This is essential to guarantee a positive first visit to the dentist!

First trip to the dentist

It is recommended by the Canada Academy of Pediatric Dentistry that children should have their first visit with a family dentist by the time they turn one. At this point, their first teeth should have erupted from the gums. Dr. Kotecha and her associates examine the teeth and gums and make recommendations about caring for these new, precious teeth!

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When your child’s first teeth arrive

Baby teeth begin to erupt through the gums anywhere between the ages of 6 and 12 months. New teeth continue to develop until the age of three. Children that are “teething” may experience tenderness and soreness. To alleviate this discomfort, patients are encouraged to use a cool, wet cloth and gently rub the gums. Infants may benefit from a teething ring. Once the teething process is complete, your child should have a total of 20 primary teeth.

The primary teeth will be shed throughout childhood. Most children begin to lose their primary teeth around the age of five, and continue until they are teenagers. Adults have 28 permanent teeth or 32 if the wisdom teeth are still in place.

Adopt healthy oral hygiene habits at an early age

Every two weeks during the teething process, you should examine the teeth for any signs of decay. Children should take good care of their teeth by brushing, and infants can benefit from wiping the gums regularly to avoid the buildup of plaque and tartar. Children should avoid high sugar foods and drinks, and should learn how to brush their teeth early and often. Soft-bristled toothbrushes are best, and fluoride toothpaste should only be used when suggested by a dentist. Children under the age of two should not use fluoride toothpaste. You should also introduce flossing as soon as children have their primary teeth in place.

Prevent tooth decay

When sugars and food particles are left in the mouth, they can develop into an acid that can eat away at tooth enamel. Children are at a higher risk in the development of tooth decay because many do not have good oral hygiene habits. When parents encourage their child to brush and floss every day and visit their dentist regularly, they help set a child up for a lifetime of healthy smiles.

Children should visit the dentist every six months, and may undergo fluoride treatments during their biannual appointments. This helps keep their teeth at their strongest. Tooth sealants can also prevent decay in hard-to-reach places in the mouth, and can last several years after application. Call Dentistry On 10 today to schedule an initial consultation appointment.

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Meet Dr. Rina Kotecha

Dr. Rina Kotecha is a graduate of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. She possesses 19 years of expertise in the dentistry field specializing in general dentistry. She has further qualifications from the MGE Executive Training Program and Master Implant Training Program while holding certification in Soft Tissue Management Program by DenMat. She completed the Rondeau Seminars in Level I Orthodontics and she is an active member of the Ontario Dental Association and Ontario Dental Implant Network.