It is a common misconception that baby teeth are not important because they will fall out anyway. Baby teeth are important for eating, proper jaw development, guiding adult teeth into place, and speaking clearly.
Healthy habits lead to good dental health. It is never too early to start looking after your child’s oral health. Even before your child has their first tooth.
Most children begin teething at about six months of age. By three years of age, your child should have all of their first set of teeth. A common sign that a new tooth is coming is increased drooling. Teething may cause discomfort, making your baby fussy. Your baby may also not want to eat.
Healthy Habits Tooth Care
- Wipe baby’s gums once daily with a clean, wet cloth
- Once teeth appear, gently brush your baby’s teeth (once in morning and after last evening feeding) with a child’s toothbrush
- Your child will need help with brushing and flossing until they are able to print their own name.
- Finish their bottle before you put them to bed (babies that go to bed with a bottle are at risk for tooth decay)
- Use a cup, by 12 months
- Drink only water (not juice, milk or pop) between meals
- Eat meals and snacks at scheduled times
- Teeth that touch should be flossed once a day
- Visit a dentist regularly
Dental Check Ups
It is generally recommended that children see a dentist once before their first birthday or within 6 months from when their first tooth comes in, whichever occurs first.
Check with Abbotsford Public Health Unit to find out about free dental screening.
Abbotsford Public Health Unit 604-864-3400
For a complete list of local dentists and orthodontists refer to the ‘Dentists’ Section of the Yellow Pages or view them online. Be sure to ask if they accept the BC’s Healthy Kids Program.