Katie To, DDS

National Children's Dental Health Month

Hey Everyone,

February is National Children's Dental Health Month!  In light of that, we are sharing some information that we hope you find helpful!

When do I take my baby to the Dentist?

Dental visits for children should start when they turn one!  They may not have many teeth, but there are many things we begin to check for at that age.  We look to see if their teeth are coming in properly and if there are any potential issues that might prevent other teeth from coming in.  There are many problems that can be avoided with early detection.

My child has started braces, do I still need to get his/her teeth cleaned?

Absolutely!  Having braces, and even Invisalign, can have an effect on your oral hygiene.  With traditional braces, many children (and adults) find it harder to keep their teeth clean.  Our hygienists will often recommend patients who have braces to come in every 3-4 months in order to keep up with their oral hygiene and help prevent cavities.

My child sees the Orthodontist every month or so, do I still need to see my General Dentist?

Most definitely!  In most cases, Orthodontists do NOT check for cavities.  While undergoing Orthodontic treatment your teeth are more susceptible to cavities.  It's very important to keep up your hygiene visits and have your general dentist check your teeth regularly for cavities.

Which is better for my child's teeth, bottled water or tap water?

We recommend tap water because it has fluoride in it.  Fluoride is a great tool to help your teeth fight cavities.  If your kids are not drinking any tap water, ask us about fluoride treatments at their next hygiene visit.  

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