Like many parents, Jeni Armstrong, a Toronto mom of two, assumed kids don’t need to see a dentist until they’re around three years old. It wasn’t until her son, Seve, had his first visit at two and a half that she discovered otherwise. Luckily, he didn’t have any cavities (one in five kids already do by age three), but the experience was rocky nonetheless. “There were a lot of tears,” recalls his mom, despite a great paediatric dental health team and tricks like letting Seve sit in her lap with Treehouse TV playing on a ceiling-mounted flatscreen. Hoping to avoid a repeat performance with Seve’s younger sister, Juno, Armstrong took the 14-month-old in a few weeks later, and she breezed through the visit. But what happens in the dentist’s office is just a small part of keeping kids’ teeth healthy.