Childrens dentistry in Burlington
Children who adopt good oral hygiene routines now will be more likely to continue these activities into adulthood. We take great care to show and explain each step to a child to establish trust before proceeding. The first dental visit should be around your child's second or third birthday. This will allow our dentist, Dr. Alexandra to get your child comfortable before doing any dental procedures. If you looking for a dentist for kids in Burlington give us a call.
Our goal is to make your child love the dentist for years to come, making them responsible adults when it comes to health of their teeth.
Be brief - Parents tend to over-talk upcoming dentist visits with the child to prepare them, a strategy that often backfires. Avoid making a big deal about the dental appointment. Let your child know ahead of time about the visit and leave it at that.
Stay positive - Parents who have had bad dental experiences often assume their kids will, too. Don't talk about fear - it just sets up negative associations with the dentist. Lakefront Family Dental first fun visit does not include treatment, and we get your child comfortable in the dental chair before any work.
Be a presence (not a nuisance) - Many parents repeat the directives given their child by the dentist or interject in other ways during office visits. But hearing multiple voices confuses your child and blocks an opportunity for bonding with her dentist. Our dentist will ask you relevant questions directly when needed.
At our Burlington dental office, the initial fun visit allows a child to get comfortable and relaxed, making the first appointment positive. The main focus for a fun dental health visit is to get the child acquainted with the sights of dental equipment and sounds of the dental office.
We also want to answer any questions for the parents, to provide home dental care and oral hygiene instructions and most importantly to make sure the child has a great time at the first visit. If the child is not in a mood or had a bad day, we don't force dental treatment. Our aim is for the toddler to leave our office unafraid and eager to come back for the next dental visit.
What you should do between dental checkups
Be sure to take care of your child's teeth and gums between regular dental checkups. Plaque is always forming on their teeth, but it can be managed by brushing and flossing regularly.
Brushing twice a day is essential for your child and brushing before bed gets rid of harmful bacteria which accumulates through the day. What else stays in your child's mouth? Sugar, which is food for bacteria that causes cavities. Brushing and teeth flossing help to remove bacteria. Brushing before bed encourages good oral health habits.
Flossing is an essential part of oral health. The sooner you introduce it - the better!
A baby flosser is a great starting tool for parents. Children flossers are easier to use, look more appealing to children and will make this task much more relaxing for both parents and children. Once children get comfortable with them, they can graduate to regular floss.
Check out some of our videos on this page below or our blog flossing video and our blog posts to help you with choosing the right toothbrush for your young children, how to floss and tips to make brushing more enjoyable with your child. Ask us, if you have other questions about visiting the dentist, we are here to help.
When do baby teeth come in?
Your child's first primary, or “baby,” teeth will begin to erupt between the ages of six(6) to twelve(12) months. This baby teething age will continue to until about age three. During this time, your child's gums may feel tender and sore. To help mitigate baby's discomfort, we recommend that you soothe the gums by rubbing a cool, wet cloth across them. Consider using a teething ring to help at this age.
Your child's primary teeth eventually fall at various times throughout childhood. Permanent teeth begin erupting around age six(6) and continue around age 21. The Canadian Association of Orthodontists recommends children should be seen by orthodontist specialist by the time they are age 7.
As an adult, we have 28 permanent teeth (32, teeth including wisdom teeth).
The regular dental visit consists of two parts:
During the dental check-up, our dentist will check your children's oral health for any trouble areas. This is an important step to make sure no dental disease, filling or other issues begin to develop.
During teeth cleaning, our hygienist will remove any plaque, and tartar build up followed up by polishing your child's teeth.
Good oral hygiene habits - Pediatric dentisry
We practice effective dental techniques to achieve ultimate results with dentistry for children.