Lethbridge Dental Clinic is a family-oriented dental practice, and we love seeing children. Our emphasis is on providing excellent preventative care and education, helping children to grow up with healthy oral habits and strong teeth and gums.

When Should My Child First See a Dentist?

The Australian Dental Association recommends that children first see a dentist soon after they receive their first tooth or by age 1, whichever is first. Although this might seem early, it is the ideal age for a little one to become accustomed to receiving professional dental care. Our dentist will very gently check your child’s mouth, and we will need to review their complete medical history.

Dental Education

Dental education is an extremely important part of this first visit. Our dental team can offer lots of advice and information about teething and tooth- brushing and flossing techniques. It is important to make sure you brush your child’s teeth twice a day and use low fluoride toothpaste from age 18 months to 6 years. As soon as your child’s teeth contact each other, they will need flossing once-a-day. We can also provide information about tooth-friendly diets and how best to avoid childhood tooth decay.

How Frequently Should My Child See a Dentist?

Most children will need to see a dentist twice a year. These visits allow us to closely monitor their oral health for early signs of dental problems, including tooth decay, and we can professionally clean their teeth. We can also check how their teeth and jaws are developing and will look for signs of poor alignment or overcrowding. If needed, we will suggest an early orthodontic evaluation which can take place by age 6 or seven.

Teaching Your Child How to Brush and Floss

As your child gets older, they will want to begin brushing and flossing their teeth on their own. We can help by teaching your child how to brush and floss correctly and explaining to them why good oral hygiene is so important. With the correct education, they will grow up developing good oral health habits that will hopefully stay with them for life.

Contact us today to organize an oral health assessment for your child.