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This article brought to you courtesy of Dr. Alan Neal of Neal Family Dental, Canby Herald Dental Expert.

Dr. Alan Neal, DMD, FAGD

Just when should you to take your child to the dentist for the first time? When all their teeth or in, or when there is something wrong? The American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend that your child's first visit should be within 6 months after the first tooth

appears, but no later than age one to two.

Even though the first teeth will eventually fall out, they are still

important helping with biting ad chewing as well as speaking clearly. They also save space for permanent teeth.

That first visit with Dr. Neal will be to make your child comfortable at the dentist, familiarizing them with the instruments and chair. Dr. Neal will do a quick check looking

for decay or any problems with gums, jaw and bite. He will also talk about good hygiene and answer any questions.

Kids should go to the dentist every 6 months, and by the time she is 3 years old she will be having the full dental exam. At age 5 he will have his first x-ray.

Parents can help with their child's tooth development by helping them brush their teeth adding toothpaste after 2 years old or when they can spit. Avoid foods and treats that

increase tooth decay: hard or sticky candies, fruit leather, and sweetened drinks and juice.

Give Neal Family Dental a call when it's time for your little one to begin dental care.

Neal Family Dental

333 NW 3rd Ave

Canby, OR 97013

503-266-2705

www.NealFamilyDental.com

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