Your Child's First Appointment
At Forum Dentistry, one of our greatest joys is providing gentle care for children in a fun way. We make sure the experience is educational, fun and genuine for our littlest patients.
We advise that your child’s first appointment with one of the Forum Dentistry team is after all their baby teeth have come through, around age 2. Your child’s first appointment is usually 15 – 20 minutes and involves a quick examination to ensure their teeth are coming through straight and the gums are a healthy pink. Many parents like to schedule their child’s first appointment with their own checkup as seeing a parent having their teeth checked makes children more relaxed and receptive when it’s their turn.
Although baby teeth will fall out naturally, it’s important to a child’s long-term oral health that this does not occur prematurely. Baby teeth play a vital role in childhood development as they guide the growth of facial bones and positioning of permanent adult teeth. Baby teeth also help with pronunciation as children learn to sound out words.
Daily brushing, flossing and a healthy diet is essential for maintaining the health of baby teeth, as back baby teeth (molars) need to last until your child is around age 12. The majority of children will need assistance brushing and flossing until they are around 8 years old. Younger children often lack the dexterity to hold and angle their toothbrush well enough to remove plaque build-up.
The experienced team at Forum Dentistry is happy to provide you with some helpful tips on how to best help your child with their cleaning routine.