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Keeping Kids’ Teeth Clean through Proper Oral Hygiene

The team of dental hygienists at Dr. Richard Cook Family Dentistry are dedicated to helping the children in Huntsville and throughout Muskoka learn proper hygiene practices. Check out our tips below to get your child on the right track. For more information or to schedule an appointment for your child, please call our office in Huntsville.

Your Child’s Baby Teeth

A common assumption is that the primary dentition doesn’t require the same care as permanent teeth in children, since baby teeth will fall out eventually anyway. However, baby teeth are crucial to healthy growth in kids. Cavities in the primary dentition can actually lead to a child’s oral health being compromised down the line. Keeping baby teeth healthy can also aid in the development of normal speech patterns, as well as proper bite as an adult and overall good nutrition.

When to Start Taking a Child to the Dentist

The Canadian Dental Association recommends that your child’s first dental consultation be at 1 year of age. Our staff has experience working with children and will do everything we can to make this first experience with the dentist a positive one. By bringing your child to the dentist early in their life, you can ensure any signs of issues are detected as soon as possible and that you receive the best advice regarding your child’s everyday hygiene care.

What to Bring to the Dentist

When bringing your toddler in to our dental office for the first time, we encourage you to write down any questions you might have ahead of time. Since your child is so young, the first appointment will probably consist of a visual exam and then a discussion with you. We’ll be happy to answer your questions during that time.

Setting a Foundation for Lifelong Good Oral Health

The goal of this first visit is to set a healthy foundation for your child’s ongoing oral health and to create a positive experience for you and your child.