Tooth Care Basics for Parents and Caregivers

Tooth decay is the number one preventable childhood disease. The Center for Pediatric Dentistry is here to help you keep your children healthy and thriving.  Prevention begins with good dental habits, a healthy diet and regular visits to the dentist beginning at an early age. Here are some tooth care basics for parents and caregivers!

A few quick tips

The American Academy of pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend a child’s first dental visit begins at ‘first tooth or first birthday’ – whichever comes first.  This allows us to help your child become comfortable at the dentist’s office and to begin checking for any early signs of decay.

Here is the recommended dental care schedule:

Age Recommended Dental Care
Age 1 First visit
Toddlers Twice-a-year exams, fluoride varnish
School Age Twice-a-year exams, sealants
Teenagers Twice-a-year exams, sealants, wisdom teeth evaluation

Tooth Care:

  • Brush twice a day, for 2 minutes each time
  • Floss daily
  • Choose healthy, low sugar snacks
  • Wear a mouthguard when participating in active sports

Ensuring your child’s teeth are care for properly is easy! Just use these tooth care basics for parents and caregivers!

We Look Forward To Welcoming You And Your Child…

You will find our office to be a pleasant and caring environment. We know a positive experience can set the tone for your child’s future dental health. That is why our office has been designed to be “kid friendly”. Even more importantly, our pediatric dentists and professional staff have dedicated their careers to helping children. We establish trust with your child by creating a safe and happy place for them to be. The latest in dental technology is combined with genuine compassion and concern.

We are open Monday through Saturday and offer appointments as early as 7:30am

The first checkup is recommended at the first birthday. Our patients generally stay with us until they graduate high school. We are proud to say we are now seeing the children of former patients, as the practice was established in 1973 by Dr. Robert Harmon.

We have 24 hour coverage for our patient’s dental emergencies. There is a pediatric dentist on call at all times. Should you need after hours advice or emergency care, simply dial our telephone number and our message will direct you.

Are we accepting new patients? Yes, absolutely! We are happy to welcome new patients to our practice and we appreciate your referring your friends and family to us.


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