Find out when you should start scheduling routine dental checkups for your little one.

Your little one is growing by leaps and bounds and we don’t just mean their height. Their mouths are also developing quickly, and pretty ChildVisitsoon you’ll start to notice teeth erupting through those gums. When this happens it’s time to schedule an appointment with our Portage, MI, family dentist Dr. Keith Cohrs. The first checkup is an important one in children's dentistry so the sooner you stay on track with your child’s dental visits the better.

Caring for Your Child’s Teeth

From the moment your child’s first teeth erupt or by the time they turn one year old (whichever comes first) it’s important to schedule your child’s first dental appointment. Just like adults, children should visit their dentist in Portage, MI, every six months for checkups and to monitor the development of their smile. By coming in for preventive dental care we can prevent common issues from occurring while also pinpointing problems early on.

Good Oral Habits Start Early

As a parent it’s important to teach your child how to care for their teeth and gums. Leading by example is probably the most effective approach. By visiting your dentist regularly and making your oral health a priority your child will also be more likely to adopt these habits. Some good oral hygiene habits include:

  • Brushing teeth twice a day. You will need to brush their teeth for them until around the age of 7 or 8. At this point you’ll need to show them the proper brushing technique.
  • Make sure that your child is getting enough fluoride from their drinking water. If not, talk to our family dentist about fluoride supplements. Fluoride treatment will strengthen tooth enamel and reduce the risk for cavities.
  • Flossing teeth at least once a day.
  • Eating a healthy balanced diet that offers a nice balance of protein, vegetables, fruits, and low-fat dairy. Avoid or limit sugary foods and drinks.
  • Bringing your child in every six months for cleanings and checkups.

Has your child just turned one year old? Is it time for you and your family’s annual dental cleaning? Have any questions about children's dentistry? If so, call Cohrs Family Dentistry in Portage, MI, to schedule your upcoming dental appointments.