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New parents are always on the lookout for the best ways to ensure their child has the proper oral care. When it comes to your child’s oral care, knowing is half the battle. That’s why we at Central Washington Pediatric Dentistry have put together the following information together to give you a basic rundown on what to do to ensure your child has healthy teeth for years to come.

Your child’s oral health will require you schedule regular visitations with your dentist for checkups and cleanings. The first of these should be held shortly after your child’s first birthday or six months after the appearance of their first tooth. During your child’s first visit, they will have a relaxing and comforting experience meeting their dentist, Dr. Neal Smith and the friendly staff of Central Washington Pediatric Dentistry. The first visit is a good way to help your child feel safe and comfortable when then come in for future visits. We will also be happy to field any questions parents have during this time.

Teaching your child at a young age the importance of daily oral care is vital to their long-term health. By teaching them to brush, floss, and rinse their teeth on a daily basis, you will be instilling long lasting values and habits that will ensure the long-term survival of their smile. Try to make the most of practicing these routines with your child by turning it into a game, or by incorporating music. By getting the family involved in your child’s oral care routines, your child is more inclined to pick up the good habits they are being taught.

If you haven’t yet started to practice these things with your child, there is no time like the present to do so. If you have any questions about pediatric dentistry in Yakima, Washington, please feel free to call Central Washington Pediatric Dentistry at 509-248-2973 during regular business hours. Dr. Neal Smith looks forward to serving the oral care needs of you and your family.