WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PEDIATRIC DENTIST AND A FAMILY DENTIST?
WHEN SHOULD I FIRST BRING MY CHILD INTO THE DENTIST?
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM THE FIRST VISIT?
HOW SHOULD I PREPARE MY CHILD FOR THEIR FIRST VISIT?
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I BRING MY CHILD TO THE DENTIST?
DO YOU ACCEPT ASSIGNMENT OR DIRECT BILLING?
DO YOU ACCEPT GOVERNMENT SOCIAL SERVICES INSURANCE PLANS?
DO YOU DO ANY SEDATION OR LAUGHING GAS?
Comfort, safety and education are our highest priorities. No matter the specific treatment plan our focus is on face-to-face communication, using facial expressions and tone of voice to reassure our patients and better communicate. This is best accomplished when one’s child is awake, alert, and attentive.
We pride ourselves in being able to work with many children with a variety of mental and physical needs without resorting to mind-altering drugs or sedation. In the rare circumstance that it is best, for medical or other reasons, for a patient to be sedated, we tend to recommend general anesthesia.
We do not wish to promote dependency on drugs or to prevent dentists and children from communicating in a positive and productive way. This is a crucial time for children to learn to trust and understand a dentist’s role in their lives and the use of drugs can hinder the process of creating fearless adult patients.
WHY TAKE X-RAYS AND ARE THEY SAFE?
X-rays are a vital and necessary part of your child’s dental diagnostic process. The dentist is only able to diagnose decay on visible surfaces of the teeth with their instruments and eyes, however they are usually not able to see between teeth where they touch. X-rays are needed to detect cavities in those areas.
And X-rays detect much more than cavities. For example, they may be needed to survey erupting teeth, diagnose bone diseases, evaluate the results of an injury, or plan orthodontic treatment. X-rays allow dentists to diagnose and treat health conditions that cannot be detected during a clinical examination. If dental problems are found and treated early, dental care is more comfortable for your child and more affordable for you.
Regarding safety, we are particularly careful to minimize the exposure of our patients to radiation. With safeguards like lead body aprons, thyroid collars and high speed film, the amount of radiation received in a dental x-ray examination is extremely small and risk is negligible. In fact, the dental radiographs represent a far smaller risk than an undetected and untreated dental problem. Because of the small film size and the relatively thin thickness of tissue that is being examined, dental X-rays use far less radiation than medical X-rays.
WHY SHOULD WE FIX BABY TEETH IF THEY ARE JUST GOING TO FALL OUT?
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I BE BRUSHING MY CHILD’S TEETH?
TOOTHPASTE: WHEN SHOULD WE BEGIN USING IT AND HOW MUCH SHOULD WE USE?
Tooth brushing is one of the most important tasks for good oral health. When looking for a toothpaste for your child, make sure to pick one that is recommended by the Canadian Dental Association as shown on the box and tube. These toothpastes have undergone testing to ensure they are safe to use.
Starting at birth, clean your child’s gums with a soft infant toothbrush or cloth and water. As soon as the teeth begin to appear, start brushing twice daily using fluoridated toothpaste and a soft, age-appropriately-sized toothbrush. Use a “smear” of toothpaste no larger than a grain of rice to brush the teeth of a child less than 2 years of age. For the 2-5 year old patient who can spit, dispense a “pea-size” amount of toothpaste and perform or assist your child’s tooth brushing. 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.
SHOULD I FLOSS MY CHILD’S TEETH?
WHAT IS A GOOD DIET FOR HEALTHY TEETH?
WHAT IS BABY BOTTLE TOOTH DECAY?
HOW CAN I PREVENT BABY BOTTLE TOOTH DECAY?
START EARLY with good feeding habits. The bottle should only be used at mealtimes, not as a pacifier during the day or night. Do not bottle feed your child soft drinks, fruit juices, gelatin waters or other sweetened drinks.
If your baby is currently taking a bottle during naps or at night, you should stop this habit immediately, provided the child is well and caregivers are prepared for two to three nights of crying which will end once the child adjusts to the new regimen. You can immediately quit giving your child a bottle at night or during naps or you can gradually wean them from this habit by diluting the contents of the bottle with water.