Children’s Dental Health

National Children’s Dental Health

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. To celebrate, we have answered some of the most commonly asked questions our dentist often hear regarding children’s dental care.

Dental Care for Your Child

  • When to bring my child to the dentist? A good rule of thumb is to bring your child to the dentist when their first tooth appears, or by their first birthday. Early appointments teach you how to properly care for your child’s teeth while also creating a certain comfort level for your child in the dental chair.
  • How often do I take my child to the dentist? Dr. Harbin & Dr. Jones recommend you bring your child every six months for a check-up. This help avoid cavities and other dental problems down the road.
  • When to start using toothpaste? The recommended age to start using fluoridated toothpaste on children is 3.
  • When should children start flossing? Starting around four years old, gently begin flossing your children’s teeth. Most children can start flossing for themselves around eight years old.
  • Does a diet affect a child’s dental health? Establish a healthy, balanced diet to keep their teeth strong. In addition to the full spectrum of vitamins and minerals suggested by pediatric physicians, make sure your child is getting plenty of calcium to keep their bones and teeth cavity-free.
  • When to stop pacifier use? You should begin limiting or stop pacifier use after the baby is 6-months old. Any usage after six months is linked to an increase in ear infections. By the age of two your child should no longer be using a pacifier.

We look forward to seeing you and your little one at Hendersonville Family Dentistry in the near future. Call us to schedule your appointment!


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