We provide very caring pediatric dental care for children in Brantford and first dental checkups for babies and toddlers. Many children have a natural fear of the dentist and require the expertise and emotional support that only a properly trained pediatric dentist can provide.
If you’re looking for a dentist that can accommodate the needs of your entire family, we’re here to help you and ensure your children’s teeth are growing properly and cavity free.
At Parkway Dentistry we understand that a child’s first visit to the dentist should be enjoyable. If you’re looking for a pediatric dentist, you’ve come to the right place because we know that children are not born with a fear of the dentist, and that they may actually only fear the unknown.
Our office makes every effort to communicate pleasant, non-frightening, and simple words to your child to describe each treatment and provide comfort to them through each process.
We want you and your child to feel at ease from the moment your family arrives at our office. We appreciate that the more you and your children know about the first visit to the dentist, the better you will feel while you’re here with us.
The Canadian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children should visit the dentist by their first birthday. It is important that your child’s newly-erupted teeth (emerging at six to 12 months of age) receive proper dental care and benefit from proper oral hygiene habits right from the beginning.
Our office believes the more we talk to our children about their teeth and proper oral hygiene, their fear of the dentist will subside and they’ll actually enjoy their experience and come to admire their doctor every time they come to visit us.
Before you visit us with your family, you can download our Dynamite Dental Fun Kit!, print it out and give it to your child so they can colour it, and get to know some of the basic dental terms they’ll encounter while they’re visiting us. The kit also has a calendar you can print and have fun marking off each day of the month that you and your child have brushed your teeth.
Your child’s first primary, or “baby,” teeth will begin to erupt between the ages of six to twelve months, and will continue to erupt until about the age of three. During this time your child’s gums may feel tender and sore. To help alleviate this discomfort, we recommend that you soothe their gums by gently rubbing a clean finger or a cool, wet cloth across them. You may also choose to make use of a teething ring.
Your child’s primary teeth are shed at various stages throughout childhood, and their permanent teeth begin erupting from the gums at age six, and continue until the age of 21.
Adults have 28 permanent teeth, and 32 teeth if you include the wisdom teeth.
As your child’s teeth erupt, be sure to examine them every two weeks for lines and discolouration that may be caused by decay. We recommend gentle brushing two times a day for optimal results and to keep them in top condition.
Make Brushing Fun
Brushing can be fun, and your child should start brushing as soon as their first teeth arrive. When a baby’s tooth erupts, parents should brush the tooth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. For children younger than two, do not use fluoride toothpaste unless advised to do so by your dentist or other healthcare professional. We suggest reviewing proper tooth brushing procedures with your child on a daily basis and to always make it an enjoyable situation.
Flossing Your Children’s Teeth
Flossing is also a part of good oral hygiene habits, and your dentist will discuss with you the right time to start flossing your child’s teeth based on their current growth. If you notice onset signs of decay, it is advised that you make an appointment to see us as soon as possible so we can determine the level of decay and apply an appropriate treatment in order to prevent further decay.
Tooth decay is caused by sugars left in the mouth that turn into an acid that can break down your teeth. Children are at high risk for tooth decay for one simple reason: many children and adolescents do not practice regular, good oral hygiene habits and tend to eat plenty of sweet tasting food.
Proper brushing and flossing routines, combined with regular dental visits, are one of the major and most effective ways of helping keep teeth free from tooth decay and cavities.
Your child should visit the dentist every six months for regular dental cleanings and checkups. We recommend fluoride treatments twice a year along with cleanings to keep teeth at their strongest.
Tooth sealants are also occasionally recommended because they “seal” the deep grooves in your child’s teeth, preventing decay from forming in these hard-to-reach areas. Sealants last for several years, but will be monitored for efficacy at each your child’s regular checkups.
If you’re looking for a dentist that specializes with the special oral needs of children, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today. You can simply visit our appointment page to arrange your child’s first checkup, or call our office now at 519-720-9119 to find out more about our pediatric dental services. We’d love to hear from you!