Yes! We have been noticing a significant increase in tooth decay since the city of Calgary discontinued its water fluoridation in May 2011.
It is critical for children to get an early start on prevention. The Canadian Dental Association has revised its recommendations and now suggests that children age 3 and under use a “grain of rice” size amount of children’s fluoride toothpaste (0.243%), and ages 3 – 6 use a “small pea size amount” twice a day. Parents should also count on having to brush their kids teeth until about age 8. It is around this age that they have developed the motor skills to brush effectively on their own.
Children should visit a dentist before age 1 or when the first tooth erupts for a fun check up visit and so parents can be educated on cavity prevention. This first visit is free at our clinic! We look forward to meeting your little one.