PEDIATRIC & KIDS DENTISTRY
YOUR CHILD'S FIRST DENTAL VISIT
During the appointment we will be covering some important important information with both you and your child during this appointment:
Before the appointment, “preview” the dental’s office with your child
Examining your child’s mouth, teeth and gums
Addressing such adverse habits as thumb-sucking
Assessing proper fluoride in daily care
Teaching your child about properly brushing teeth and gums
Discussing your schedule for regular check-ups
YOUR INFANT'S FIRST DENTAL VISIT & TONGUE/LIP TIE EVALUATION
Schedule your baby’s first dental visit before the first teeth come in – typically, at six months old. Parents receive their first instructions during this brief visit in caring for their infant’s earliest teeth, including cleaning and care, but this is also Baby’s first hands-on encounter with a dentist. Anticipate sitting in the dental chair yourself to hold your infant as we conduct our exam.
YOUR INFANT'S TONGUE TIE & LIP TIE COULD BE CAUSING BREAST FEEDING PROBLEMS
Schedule your infant's tongue tie and lip tie evaluation as it can cause breast feeding issues for new nursing moms such as trouble latching, sore nipples, trouble gaining weight, colic, reflux (baby throwing up milk).
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING YOUR CHILD'S FIRST DENTAL VISIT
Though your baby’s first dental visit will literally be nothing memorable, your child’s first dental visit sitting solo in the dental chair begins to form a relationship between your child and the dentist.
We may take a set of X-rays to reveal decay and check the growth progress of permanent teeth before we gently examine your child’s gums and “baby teeth”. A first-time cleaning may include topical fluoride to provide growing teeth with extra defense against decay. We’ll also recommend making sure your child’s at-home dental hygiene includes a strong supply of fluoride as well.
This is also where we may review expected changes in the cleaning and care of your child’s teeth. You may need to hold your child once more during the examination to quell any fears and provide some soothing comfort.
PREPARE YOUR CHILD FOR THEIR FIRST DENTAL VISIT
The dental appointment a child is able to remember can set a resounding tone for relationships with dentists for years to come. It’s a strange, new experience, much like getting a first haircut or buying shoes for the first time. Children can respond to this time in surprisingly well-adjusted ways. Still, fears can linger but parents can certainly help to make sure their child feels comfortable and prepared for their 1st visit.
At home you can prepare your child by:
Calling our office to set up a meet and greet 905-876-2747
Read a light-hearted book about a trip to the dentist
Talk about what the dentist will be doing during the visit
Share your own positive experiences at the dentist’s office
Examining your child’s mouth, teeth, and gums
Teaching your child about properly brushing teeth & gums
FACIAL DEVELOPMENT (ALF, BioBloc),
FUNCTIONAL JAW ORTHOPEDICS & SLEEP APNEA TREATMENT
From ages 4 to 12 is the most important years in your child and teens facial development. Crowded teeth happen due to underdeveloped jawbones and not large teeth. Sleep apnea can occur in children that can result in abnormal facial and jaw bone growth.
Avoid extractions for braces treatment.
We can provide straight teeth without sacrificng and extracting teeth for braces treatment using Functional Jaw Orthopedics Facial Development Treatment (ALF, Biobloc, Schwarz, Homeobloc).
We also provide teen invisalign to help your teen get the perfect smile.
PREVENTATIVE CARE & CAVITY PREVENTION IN KIDS
We want nothing more than for your children to grow up without the bother of tooth decay. Our preventative care strategies protect your child’s teeth with the most current and effective dental sealant technology. Made from space-age plastics, Dental sealants bond to the most decay-prone back teeth and shield enamel from corrosive bacteria.
Cavity prevention is the foundation of lifelong quality dental health. The earlier you instill habits of limited sugar intake and regular brushing, the better. Cavities form more successfully the longer food residues remain on your child's teeth and the longer it takes to chew.
Eating sets off a 20-minute acidic reaction among oral bacteria as they digest sugars. That’s nearly a half-hour that bacteria can spend eroding tooth structures and creating cavities. Saliva with a thinner consistency breaks up and washes lingering food more quickly than the thicker saliva that results from a diet high in sugars and carbohydrates. Less-efficient saliva buys acid-producing bacteria more time to cause cavities.
There is no more opportune time to begin instilling sound dietary habits that will benefit your children for the rest of their lives:
Limit frequency of meals and snacks, keeping treats tied to mealtime
Encourage brushing, flossing and rinsing
Keep an eye on what your child drinks
Avoid giving your child sticky foods
Choose nutritious snacks
You should notice the first two bottom-front baby teeth emerging when your baby is 6-8 months old, followed by four upper-front teeth and then remaining baby teeth appearing in pairs periodically along the sides of the jaw until your child is about 2 ½ years old.
These teeth are more than placeholders for permanent teeth. They play important early roles in chewing, biting, speech, appearance, and overall facial development and should be kept as healthy as possible.
All 20 teeth should have arrived about midway between the ages of 2 and 3 years old. The first permanent teeth should begin erupting between the ages of 5 and 6 years old – some replacing baby teeth, some not. Some permanent may arrive a few months early or late without any resulting complications.
DENTAL SEALANTS PREVENT CAVITIES
Sealants cover the deep grooves in the biting surface of chewing teeth with a color-matched acrylic coating. Painting on the protective coat protects enamel as a barrier against corrosive plaque and acids, as well as lingering food particles that brushing and flossing don’t always eliminate entirely.
The simple application process takes only a few minutes for each tooth. Given the brevity of the process, the durability of the dental sealant is remarkable. Once applied, the coatings will withstand the normal force of chewing for years to come before requiring a new application.
Children and adults alike can benefit at any age from the defenses dental sealants provide against tooth decay.