Dr. Chris Coplin and his experienced dental staff from Alaska Dentistry for Kids in Anchorage, AK, are committed to promoting healthy oral habits from the moment your child’s first tooth appears. This premier kids dentistry offers comprehensive, personalized care in a welcoming office. Dr. Coplin and his friendly staff are ready and willing to provide children with the best in dental care services.
Dr. Coplin and his staff are sharing helpful tips that parents and caregivers can utilize to prevent tooth decay and promote long-term oral health for every age group:
Newborn To Age One: Start by wiping your newborn’s mouth and gums with a damp washcloth during the first few days after birth. Typically, your child will start showing their four front teeth by the time they reach six months. However, some babies won’t develop teeth until they are 12 or 14 months old.
Ages One To Three: Parents and caregivers should start brushing their child’s teeth with fluoride toothpaste when their teeth appear. Fluoride is a mineral found naturally in all bodies of water. It will prevent tooth decay by strengthening your child’s tooth enamel. Use just a smear of toothpaste on a child-size toothbrush and make sure to brush their teeth twice daily (morning and night). Continue to brush your child’s teeth until you are comfortable letting them take over. If your child starts brushing their teeth independently, make sure they aren’t using too much toothpaste, and remind them not to swallow any of the toothpaste.
Ages Three To Six: Your child is ready to use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Make sure they are brushing their teeth twice daily and continue to supervise them. Once their teeth begin to touch, start flossing their teeth every day to optimize their teeth cleaning routine.
First Dental Visit: Schedule your child’s first dental appointment no later than their first birthday. The first appointment is all about the dentist meeting your child and establishing a good relationship. The dentist will examine their teeth, gums, and growth development. Your child is likely to feel more comfortable if they visit in the morning while they are still rested. Let your child know visiting the dentist is a positive experience and hide any anxiety or concerns.
Alaska Dentistry for Kids is the best kid's dentistry in Anchorage, AK. In addition to providing x-rays, teeth cleanings, and fillings, Dr. Coplin and his caring staff can handle emergency dental issues as well. Call (907) 274-2525 to schedule an appointment today, or visit their website to learn more information about their services.