Ask Dr. Erwin
By: Dr. Erwin Chan, Family Dentist, Aurora, Ontario
Dr. Erwin will post Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) in this section. If you have something that you want to ask Dr. Erwin, please submit questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or call our office at 905-841-0341.
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Question: “When should I bring my child in for first dental visit?”
Dr. Erwin Says:
- The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends your child’s first check-up when the first tooth erupts or no later than the age of one.
- It is a good idea to bring your child in for one of your own visits first.
- This lets us get acquainted before the actual check-up.
- Show your child that visiting the dentist is routine and fun.
- Talk to us if you have any concerns.
- Help us make your child’s first visit a great experience!
Question: “When should my child’s teeth come in?”
Dr. Erwin Says:
- Every child will develop at different rates. In the chart below is a general guideline. Don’t be alarmed if your child is not exactly in the range.
- The sequence is more important than the actual age.
- Baby’s first teeth should be lower front teeth at ~ 6 months.
- Last baby teeth to come in should be upper second molars by ~ 2-3 years old.
- At ~ 6-7 years old, baby will start getting adult first molars behind the baby molars.
- Last teeth to fall out are usually upper canines.
Follow this link for an excellent article on primary teeth from the Canadian Dental Association (CDA):
Question: How do I brush my teeth?
- Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against the gums.
- Move the brush gently in short circular (tooth-wide) strokes.
- Brush the outer tooth surfaces, the inner tooth surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of the teeth.
- Use the “toe” of the brush to clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, using a gentle up-and-down stroke.
- Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen your breath.
Question: How do I floss my teeth?
- Break off about 18 inches of floss and wind most of it around one of your middle fingers. Wind the remaining floss around the same finger of the opposite hand. This finger will take up the floss as it becomes dirty. Hold the floss tightly between your thumbs and forefingers.
- Guide the floss between your teeth using a gentle rubbing motion. Never snap the floss into the gums.
- When the floss reaches the gum line, curve it into a C shape against one tooth. Gently slide it into the space between the gum and the tooth.
- Hold the floss tightly against the tooth. Gently rub the side of the tooth, moving the floss away from the gum with up and down motions.
- Repeat this method on the rest of your teeth.
- Don’t forget the back side of your last tooth.
People who have difficulty handling dental floss may prefer to use another kind of interdental cleaner. These aids include special brushes, picks or sticks. If you use interdental cleaners, ask your dentist about how to use them properly, to avoid injuring your gums.
Follow this link some excellent animations from the Ontario Dental Association (ODA):