The Center for Pediatric Dentistry

For Parents / Caregivers

two little girls sitting in dental chair

Tooth decay is the number one preventable childhood disease. The Center for Pediatric Dentistry is here to help you keep your children healthy and thriving.  Prevention begins with good dental habits, a healthy diet and regular visits to the dentist beginning at an early age.

A few quick tips

The American Academy of pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend a child’s first dental visit begins at ‘first tooth or first birthday’ – whichever comes first.  This allows us to help your child become comfortable at the dentist’s office and to begin checking for any early signs of decay.

Here is the recommended dental care schedule:

Age 1:   first visit
Toddlers:  twice-a-year exams, fluoride varnish
School Age:  Twice-a-year exams, sealants
Teenagers:  Twice-a-year exams, sealants, wisdom teeth evaluation

Tooth Care:

  • Brush twice a day, for 2 minutes each time
  • Floss daily
  • Choose healthy, low sugar snacks
  • Wear a mouthguard when participating in active sports

Healthy snacks make healthy teeth

This is a graphic guide that can help you decide what is best for your child’s teeth at each meal. It was designed by Dr. Travis Nelson. Download the PDF version.

Dr. Berg talks about healthy smiles

Dr. Joel Berg, our founding director and now Dean of the UW School of Dentistry, has some great advice for parents to help their kids achieve healthy smiles. He talked with Scholastic Parent & Child magazine about the importance of starting good oral health practices early in life. Read more.

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