According to the American Academy of Orthodontics (AAO), kids should receive an orthodontic consultation between the ages of 7 and 8 years old. This does not mean that all 8 year olds need braces. This is simply an opportunity to meet the orthodontist, evaluate your child’s smile and make plans for what comes next.
We offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas) sedation and we have the ability to treat your child under a general anesthetic, if needed.
On average, kids lose their first tooth around 6 years old.
Children need supervision with brushing until they are able to adequately clean every surface of every tooth in their mouth. Most kids get to be pretty good at brushing around 8 years old.
Sealants are most often placed on adult molars around the age of 6 or 7. However, in some cases, children can benefit from sealants being placed on their baby teeth, too.
No – there is negligible fluoride in our community water supply.
Frequent and intense use of a pacifier can deform your child’s smile. It can lead to flaring of teeth, an openbite, or even skeletal changes that can only be corrected with orthodontics. Please discontinue the use of pacifiers as early as possible, or by age 2.
According to guidelines established in 2014 by the ADA, fluoride toothpaste is appropriate to use for children of all ages. However, it is very important that the correct amount of toothpaste is used. For children under 3 years, it is recommended that only a small amount of toothpaste equivalent to a grain of rice is used. For kids older than 3, its ok to use a pea sized amount and always encourage them to spit rather than swallow the toothpaste.
A toothbrush cannot clean between teeth that are touching.
In accordance with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, we encourage parents to seek dental care for their children by their 1st birthday, or within 6mos of the eruption of their first tooth.
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