My name is Dr. Jennifer Lai and I have two children aged 2.5 and 4.5. My Mother and Grandfather were both dentists, I literally grew up in a dental office, so I am passionate about Dentistry. I own and operate a full service Dental Clinic, City Oasis Dental. If you ever have any questions about your children, or your own oral or dental health please feel free to give us a call or email and we’ll be happy to answer your questions FREE of charge.
As soon as your child’s first tooth arrives you can start brushing the mouth. It is very important to get your child in the habit and routine of cleaning their teeth and mouth daily. Children often resist brushing and especially flossing so it helps to try to make the activity fun. There are a variety of ways to do this and you’ll have to figure out what works best with your kids. A treat after dinner, prior to brushing and bedtime works well at our house. Flossing should be done periodically, realistically if you can do it once a week for a 2/3/4 year olds that is ok. Your child will get food stuck in between their teeth from time to time, flossing should be done when this happens or if food is noticeably stuck between teeth.
Health Canada suggests your child see a Dentist shortly after the first tooth erupts, primarily to educate the parents on proper oral health care and what to expect as teeth come in. Most people have their child visit the dental office sometime during the age of 3 (36-48 months) to have a formal examination. It is good to have a dental professional examine your child to make sure all the teeth have come in properly and the mouth is clean and functioning correctly. Most kids at this age start to develop bad breath as a result of biofilm, plaque and calculus. Having the teeth cleaned and receiving quality hygiene instruction can send your child on the path to a lifelong healthy smile, teeth and mouth.