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Children’s Dental Care Services

When should your child first visit the dentist?

The Canadian Dental Association recommends the assessment of infants, by a dentist, within 6 months of the eruption of the first tooth or by one year of age. The goal is to have your child visit the dentist before there is a problem with his or her teeth. In most cases, a dental exam every six months will let your child’s dentist catch small problems early.

Why take your child to the dentist at this age?

  • Learn important tip for oral hygiene for kids and prevention
  • get the child used to the dental office and make sure it is a positive experience
  • identify if there are any dental concerns that need to be addressed

What the first dental experience at Centenary dental involves for children:

  • We want to make this first visit very short and simple for the kids to give then a very positive first experience at the dentist.
  • This will involve a 20 min appt with either Dr. Stein or Dr. Waksman where they will introduce the child to the dental office
    • we will review the oral hygiene regime currently being used
    • answer any questions that parents may have about their childs teeth
    • do a dental exam “count the childs teeth” and check for any dental cavities or abnormalites and check the alignment of the teeth
    • review proper oral hygiene technique and prevention of cavities with parents and child and teach you some age appropriate “tricks” that can help make brushing and flossing an easy and fun routine at home
    • create an individualized recare regime for that child
    • give the child stickers and a “goodie bag” of dental treats to take home
    • we will often do the patients first cleaning at a separate appointment to not overwhelm them with too many new things on their first visit

Eruption of teeth: (taken from the CDA website)



When does oral hygiene for kids begin?

  • Before the baby teeth erupt get the child used to having something in their mouth by wiping their gums with a soft cloth 1-2x/day
  • Once the first baby tooth erupts (usually around 6 months of age) begin brushing with an extra soft baby toothbrush and water or non-fluoride toothpaste.
  • As soon as there are no spaces between the baby teeth it is important to incorporate flossing into the evening routine and children will often need theirs parents help to floss
  • We recommend that especially at night parents give the children a chance to brush and then they brush for the children to ensure that the teeth are properly cleaned.
  • Once the child is able to rinse a children’s fluoride toothpaste can be used with a small “pea sized” amount of toothpaste placed on the brush.

Importance of Baby teeth

  • Dental decay is the second most common reason for children in their school age for missing school (common cold being the first). The key is prevention . Dental decay can be prevented by:
    • good oral hygiene at home by brushing 2x/day with fluoride toothpaste and flossing at least 1x/day
    • limiting sugar intake
    • regular visits to your dentist
  • Primary teeth (baby teeth) fall out between the ages of 6-13 (see the chart above). Infection present in the primary teeth can affect the growth of the developing adult teeth and as result of the infection the permanent (adult) teeth could come in malformed or spotted.
  • Primary teeth hold the space in the dental arch for the adult teeth and if they are missing this could lead to spacing problems when the adult teeth come in.

What happens if a baby tooth has to be extracted early?

  • It depend on what age the baby tooth comes out. If we are concerned about spacing then we can place a space maintainer which is a minimally invasive and pain free appliance that can be placed in the mouth that will prevent the adjacent teeth from shifting and hold the space for the adult tooth to erupt. This appliance will then be monitored at each dental visit and taken out when the adult tooth is erupting.

Factors involved in childrens risk for cavities:

  • Oral hygiene and dental care
  • Diet
  • Genetics (stength of teeth)
    • All of these factors play a large roll in childrens risk of getting cavities.

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