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Why Take Your Child to The Dentist So Early?
Truth is: little teeth matter; a lot.

Looking after your little one’s teeth from the moment they sprout their very first tooth is crucial! It’s a fact that no parent should ignore: baby teeth are more at risk for tooth decay than adults, due to the lack of hard enamel on their little teeth (also referred to as enamel hypoplasia). If your child’s very first teeth experience decay or damage, their adult teeth may be negatively impacted, as well (and may even require extraction). Ensuring that your child’s first little smile stays healthy will allow their secondary (permanent) teeth to also come in healthy and strong!

It’s important to take your child to see a dental professional (like our downtown Toronto dentist!) before their first birthday, or, six months after the eruption of their first tooth. This will give the dentist an opportunity to identify any potential issues early on that may worsen later on.

Long-term success depends on a great early start

Teaching your little one the importance of oral health care from an early age will set them up for long-term success. You’ll be instilling in them the value of self-care and discipline when it comes to keeping their smiles healthy and strong… and this means they’ll go on to care about their oral health for years to come!

While your child is still a baby/infant, be sure to:

  • Gently clean and massage their gums and inside their mouth after each meal. A dampened cloth or piece of gauze works well.
  • Avoid regularly supplying your child with sugary foods or drinks, especially before bedtime when the acids can do their damage while they’re sleeping.
  • Take your child for regular dental check-ups, every 6-12 months or when needed, after his or her first visit.

As your child grows, brush their teeth every day, and floss them once they have all erupted until they are independent enough to do it on their own.