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 Children's Dentistry

The most important gift that we can give our children is the gift of health.  Good oral hygiene is the first step to a healthy mouth and strong body.

It is our belief that a child's relationship with his or her dentist will inspire good habits and decrease future oral problems.  Our staff is specially trained to make the youngest of patients more comfortable.

We take our time to examine your child. We explain the processes that we use and why we need to take care of our teeth.  Our staff is encouraged to build lasting relationships with the children and make them excited to return for their next visit.

We recommend that your child's first dental visit should be when their primary teeth first start to appear.  This is usually on or about the age of one.

 How to Care for Your Child's Teeth 

The ADA recommends parents take children to a dentist no later than their first birthday. Here's what you can do at home to start healthy habits:


  • Begin cleaning your baby’s mouth during the first few days after birth by wiping the gums with a clean, moist gauze pad or washcloth. As soon as teeth appear, decay can occur. A baby’s front four teeth usually push through the gums at about 6 months of age, although some children don’t have their first tooth until 12 or 14 months.
  • Until you’re comfortable that your child can brush on his or her own, continue to brush your child's teeth twice a day with a child-size toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. When your child has two teeth that touch, you should begin flossing their teeth daily.
  • For children younger than 3 years, caregivers should begin brushing children’s teeth as soon as they begin to come into the mouth by using fluoride toothpaste in an amount no more than a smear or the size of a grain of rice. Brush teeth thoroughly twice per day (morning and night) or as directed by a dentist or physician. Supervise children’s brushing to ensure that they use of the appropriate amount of toothpaste.
  • For children 3 to 6 years of age, use a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. Brush teeth thoroughly twice per day (morning and night) or as directed by a dentist or physician. Supervise children’s brushing and remind them not to swallow the toothpaste. Source: ADA.org 

You can find more information at: www.mouthhealthy.org/en/babies-and-kids/

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