Children's Dental Health Month - Crystal Smiles

Tips for your child’s dental health


February  is children’s dental health month.  Throughout the month Okotoks dentist Dr. Vicki McMullen will provide you with dental tips that will help your child.

Dental Tip #1:  Tips for your child’s dental health

Starting your child of with good dental care can help protect their teeth for a lifetime.  A baby’s 20 primary teeth are already present in the jaw at birth.  Those baby teeth that begin coming through the gums around 6 month help set the stage for future smiles by keeping space in the jaw for adult teeth.

How to care for your child’s teeth

  • Take your child to a dentist no later than their first birthday to uphold great child’s dental health.  At Crystal Smiles, we offer a complimentary check-up for all kids 3 and under.
  • Begin cleaning your baby’s mouth during the first few days after birth by wiping the gums with a clean washcloth.  As soon as teeth start to appear, decay can occur.  A baby’s front four teeth usually push through the gums at around 6 month of age.
  • Until you’re comfortable that your child can brush his or her own, continue to brush your child’s teeth twice a day with a child-size toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste.  When your child has two teeth that touch, you should begin flossing their teeth daily.
    • Supervise children’s brushing ensuring that they use the appropriate amount of toothpaste, and reminding them not to swallow.