For Parents

  • When should I take my child to the dentist for the first check-up?

    Canadian Dental Association suggests that the first dental check up is by the child's first birthday.

    We often talk with parents about diet, hygiene, prevention, developmental milestones etc.

    It is an informal visit aimed at getting the child used to the dental environment.

    Our office is kid friendly and has been successful in familiarizing children with the dental setting.  

     

  • What should I do if my child has a toothache?

    Remove any debris from the irritated area by rinsing with warm salt water.

    Place a cold compress on the face if it is swollen.

    Ask your dentist or pharmacist about the appropriate pain medication. 

    Finally, see a dentist as soon as possible.

  • Are thumbsucking and pacifier habits harmful for a child's teeth?

    Generally they are considered somewhat harmful after the age of 3 years. Most children stop these habits on their own. There are several options available to overcome this habit. Come and see us and let us assess whether any damage is being done and discuss treatment options.

     

  • Toothpaste: when should we begin using it and how much should we use?

    Clean your child’s gums with a soft infant toothbrush or cotton bud and water when there are no teeth.

    When teeth begin to appear, start brushing twice daily using childrens' toothpaste and a soft, age-appropriate sized toothbrush.

    Use a "smear" of toothpaste to brush the teeth of a child less than 2 years of age.

    For the 2-5 year old, dispense a "pea-size" amount of toothpaste and perform or assist your child’s toothbrushing.

    Remember that young children do not have the ability to brush their teeth effectively.

    Children should spit out and not swallow excess toothpaste after brushing.

     

     
  • How do I make my child's diet safe for teeth?

    Make sure your child has a balanced diet.

    The big thing is limiting the frequency of sugars and carbohydrates.

    This reduces the food source to harmful bacteria.

    Lots of foods contain hidden sugars.

    Healthy snacks include cheese, carrots, cauliflower, cucumbers and nuts.

    Foods that are not teeth friendly include sugared drinks, sticky foods (caramel, toffee) and those that encourage bacteria to produce acids.

     

  • How parents can maintain good oral health?

    • Regular check ups.
    • Regular hygiene appointments.
    • Good diet.
    • Discourage unhealthy snacks.
    • Enjoy oral hygiene with your child(ren).
    • Inspect your child's teeth at home - lots of praise.
    • Talk about good and bad oral habits.
    • Be aware and be positive.
     
  • What can I do to protect my childrens teeth during sporting events?

    It is well established that mouthguards are extremely beneficial in contact sports.

    • They prevent dental injuries, and reduce the chances and severity of concussions.
    • A custom-fitted mouthguard made by your dental office fits better than the stock type available in stores.
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