Child Dentistry is known as one of the most challenging aspects of dentistry because it involves taking care of patients who are below the age of reason, and who don't always know what's best for them. At Dr. Tsang's office, we take our children seriously and you can rest assured that your child will be taken care of by our experienced team.
When should parents begin to clean their baby's teeth? The sooner, the better!
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry states that "parents should begin dental cleaning at birth by cleaning their child's gums with a soft infant toothbrush and water." Unless it is advised by your child's pediatric dentist, fluoridated toothpaste is not recommended until 2-3 years of age.
When should children first visit a dentist? First visit by first birthday.
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, "children should first visit when they receive their first tooth or by the child's first birthday." Early dental care is important for the prevention of Early Childhood Caries, also known as "baby bottle tooth decay" or "nursing caries."
How can I prevent tooth decay or nursing caries? To prevent tooth decay in young children, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children should be encouraged to drink from a cup rather than a baby bottle as they approach their first birthday. At nap times or at night, children should not fall asleep with a bottle. It is recommended that night-time breast-feeding should be avoided after the first primary (baby) teeth begin to erupt. Drinking juice or other sugary drinks from a bottle should always be avoided. When drinks are offered, they should be served in a cup.