Dental Care for Children
As a parent, you have a big role to play in keeping your child's teeth healthy and clean. You can help prevent cavities. Prevention starts at home, with good eating habits and daily cleaning of the teeth.
This section has important information on how to properly care for primary teeth and new permanent teeth.
Cleaning Teeth - Young children are not able to clean their own teeth. As a parent, you must do it for them when they are very young and do it with them, as they get older.
Nutrition for Children - We have all heard that sugar is bad for teeth. Why is this so?
Dental Development - All 20 baby (or primary) teeth come in by the time your child is two or three years old.
Early Childhood Tooth Decay - Once your child has teeth, he is susceptible to tooth decay.
Your Child's First Visit - The Canadian Dental Association encourages the assessment of infants, by a dentist, within 6 months of the eruption of the first tooth or by one year of age.
Fluoride & Your Child - Fluoride is a mineral found in nature. It makes the hard outer layer of teeth (called enamel) stronger. When the outer layer is strong, teeth are less likely to get cavities.
Pacifiers & Thumb Sucking - It is normal for babies to suck because it helps them relax. By the time your child is two or three years of age, he or she has less need to suck.
Source: Canadian Dental Association