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Blog by Dr. Gilbert Lee | September 8th, 2016

Your Children's Teeth

Just as your child's first word and first step are important developmental milestones, so, too, is the first tooth. But with that tooth comes a responsiblility for you to make your child's dental futre as healthy as it can be.

Thumb-sucking usually isnt harmful until the permanent front teeth come in. If you're worried about your child's habit, ask your dentist!

Dental Milestones

Front tooth

Your child's first primary (baby) tooth will probably be one of the lower two front teeth (central incisors) and will appear between the ages of 6 and 10 months. Be sure to clean them as soon as they appear. Simply wipe the teeth and gums with gauze or a damp washcloth.

A teething baby may drool, seem fussy, and wake up often at night. Fever, diarrhea, or a rash are not signs of teething; call your family doctor or pediatrician

First visit to the dentist

The Canadian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children see a dentist by age 3. "problems can start as ever an earlier age" says Dr. Franklin Pulver, immediate past president of the academy, "especially if the child is in the habit of taking a bottle to bed, which can cause decay."

First Toothbrush

Your dentist will recommend when to begin using a toothbrush on your child's teeth. Use a pea sized amount of fluoride toothpaste for young children and make sure thery dont swallow it.

Complete set of primary teeth

Between the ages of 21 months to 3 years, your child will have 10 upper and 10 lower primary teeth.

First permanent tooth

The first permanent tooth is usually one of the six-year molars (teeth used for grinding), so named because they usually appear when children are 6 years old. Because no primary teeth are lost before the six-year molars erupt, you may not notice their appearance.

For more information on your childs first dental appointment please dont hesitate to give us a call at our office at 604-924-8289 and we can answer any questions you may have! Or if you are in the area please feel free to stop by our office we are located on the second floor across from the gas station.

#200 - 3650 Mount Seymour Parkway
North Vancouver, BC
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