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Jerger Pediatric Dentistry
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At what age should my child have their first dental visit?

Believe it or not, your child's excellent oral health begins before their first tooth even arrives!Baby with toothbrush l Dentist Decatur IL

Your Decatur pediatric dentist recommends wiping your son or daughter's gums with a warm washcloth after feedings to help remove any bacteria that is left in their mouth. This also helps them get accustomed to oral care. Once their first tooth arrives, it's time to start brushing with a small, soft-bristled brush.

You'll also want to schedule their first visit with their dentist by the time they turn one year old. Your Decatur dentist will want to see them for checkups (and eventually teeth cleanings) every six months after their first visit.

As they get older, you can begin to incorporate toothpaste with fluoride in it, ensuring they can spit it out after brushing. Parents will need to assist their children with brushing and flossing techniques until around the ages of seven to eight years old.

Schedule Your Child's First Dentist Visit in Decatur!

Are you looking for an excellent pediatric dentist in the 62526 area? Our dental practice has been taking care of little ones in our community for over 50 years. Contact Jerger Pediatric Dentistry today at (217) 875-3080 to schedule your son or daughter's next dental visit. We would love to welcome them into our dental family!


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