When should I schedule my child's first visit to the dentist?
Ideally, you should be making an appointment with your dentist as soon as your baby gets his/her first tooth. Alternatively, you can wait till the child is a year old to visit the dentist.
Is a paediatric dentist different from other dentists?
A paediatric dentist has three years of special training following dental school. They limit their practice to treating children only. They provide both primary and specialty, preventive and therapeutic oral healthcare for infants and children through adolescence including those with special health care needs.
What should I use to clean my baby's teeth?
Even before your child's first tooth erupts, it is recommended that you clean his gum pads with a damp, soft washcloth or gauze pad after feeding. As soon as the first tooth appears, you can start using a toothbrush once before bedtime. Choose a toothbrush with a small head and soft bristles specially designed for infants.
At what age is it appropriate to use toothpaste to clean my child's teeth?
Once your child has a few teeth, you can start using toothpaste. Use a children's toothpaste as they have a lower fluoride content than adult toothpaste; you should not use adult toothpaste for children until they are at least 3 years old. For a child above the age of 3, use a green pea-sized amount of paste and assist them while they brush their teeth. Make sure your child doesn't swallow any toothpaste. Always have them rinse and spit out toothpaste.