How often does your child need to go to the dentist?
The AAPD recommends scheduling checkups every six months. Depending on the circumstances of your child’s oral health, we may recommend more frequent visits.
When should you start brushing your little one's teeth with toothpaste?
Before 12 months of age or within 6 months of when the first tooth appears
When should I take my child to their first dental visit?
We recommend that you make an appointment to see the dentist as soon as your child gets his first tooth. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children be seen by six months after their first tooth erupts, or at one year of age, whichever comes first.
When are dental sealants recommended?
Dental sealants are recommended at ages 6 and 12
When will my child lose their first baby tooth?
On average a child will loses their first tooth around age 6
When will my child lose their last baby tooth?
On average a child will lose their last baby teeth around age 12
How many primary baby teeth are there?
There are 20 baby teeth
How many permanent adult teeth are there?
There are on average 32 adult permanent teeth
How much toothpaste should my child use?
For children under two-years-old, use a smear of fluoridated toothpaste. For those aged 2 to 5 years, a pea-sized amount is recommended
Baby teeth aren’t permanent teeth. Why do they need special care? Although they don’t last as long as permanent teeth, your child’s first teeth play an important role in a child's development. While they’re in place, these primary teeth help your little one speak, smile, and chew properly. They also hold space in the jaw for permanent teeth. If a child loses a tooth too early (due to damage or decay) nearby teeth may encroach on that space, which can result in crooked or misplaced permanent teeth. Also, your child’s general health is affected by the oral health of the teeth and gums.