Your Child’s First Dental Visit
It’s recommended that your child see a dentist when their first tooth comes in, which usually happens before the age of one. Cavities are the most common infectious disease in Canadian children, and can progress very quickly in baby teeth.
Our pediatric specialists use child-friendly language and behavior management skills within a clinic that’s designed to make children feel at ease. We understand that dental visits for your child can be nerve-wracking and anxiety inducing, and do our best to make them feel as comfortable and at ease as possible during their visit.
How to Talk to Your Child About Dentistry
When discussing dental visits with your child, it’s important to keep a positive and upbeat attitude. The dentist can be very intimidating to children, so when preparing your child for their visit, try not to give too many details that could scare or upset them. Try to keep it simple and positive, and maybe even make going to the dentist sound fun! We have lots of toys and prizes to reward them for a job well done after the fact.
Preventative Pediatric Care
Preventative dental care is important for all ages, but is especially important for children. Visiting the dentist from a very young age encourages your child to be mindful of their oral health, to develop healthy and productive habits, and hopefully allows them to avoid cavities and extensive dental treatment later in life.
Pediatric Dental SPecialists
If you’ve ever been anxious about visiting the dentist, just imagine how your child feels! Our specialists are trained to ensure they make your child feel safe and comfortable at every visit, ensuring the dentist doesn’t have to be a scary place in their minds.
Commonly known as “laughing gas,” this is a mild and safe form of sedation used for kids of all ages. It’s beneficial for children who have mild dental anxiety. Using nitrous oxide sedation can help your child experience a sense of well-being and relaxation during the dental visit, so that he or she will respond more positively.
Your child remains fully awake while breathing the nitrous oxide, and the effects of the sedation are eliminated after a short period of breathing oxygen with no lingering effects.
How does it work?
The general anesthesia is administered at a different facility (Accredited Non-Hospital Surgical Facility) with a Licensed Medical Anesthesiologist who monitors your child closely while the pediatric dentist completes the necessary treatment with his assisting dental assistant. In addition, a registered nurse will help with starting procedures and the recovery stage.
Does your child need general anesthesia?
General anesthesia is for children with severe dental fear and anxiety who cannot cope with multiple dental appointments. It’s also for very young children who don’t understand how to cooperate in the dental chair. This will require consultation with your physician.
Breaking the Habit
It’s completely normal for babies and very young children to suck on their thumbs, fingers, toys, or blankets. If, however, this habit continues past the age of three, it can affect the way the teeth and jaws are growing. It could even lead to orthodontic issues down the road, as thumb-sucking habits often turn into open bites that need to be corrected with braces.
Most children will be able to stop the habit on their own with consistent reminders from parents and the pediatric dentist. In some cases, however, these reminders are not enough and we have to help your child with an appliance.
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