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?
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.