Give your kids a positive dental experience
Dr. Violet Newman,
providing compassionate dental care for your children.
Children’s dentistry in Calgary
As a parent, you have a big role to play in keeping your child's teeth healthy and clean. You can help prevent cavities. Prevention starts at home, with eating habits and daily cleaning of the teeth.
At Lakeview a Dental Centre we believe that all children should enjoy coming to their dental appointments. Our team of professionals enjoy working with them and strive to make every appointment as relaxing and enjoyable as possible for your child. We know that they don’t like to be unoccupied while waiting, therefore, we have provided a play area for kids with books and toys. They are also invited to watch cartoons or their favourite shows in our reception area or on our in-ceiling televisions in the treatment rooms.
Oral hygiene is important at every stage of life. When your child can write (not print) his or her name, your child is ready to do a good job brushing. You should check to make sure your child does a good job. Children need to learn good dental habits from a young age in order to maintain their oral health into their teen and adult years. Teens lead busy lives and regular checkups will remind them to take care of their teeth and gums.
By encouraging proper dental care and techniques in a comfortable and caring environment, our younger patients have an enjoyable time at the office and are eager to continue future dental visits. Our team is exceptional at communicating with children of all ages. Most of our team are parents themselves and have many years experience in child hygiene and treatment.
When it comes to your child’s dental health there are many things to consider. Below are some general guidelines for dental health that parents may consider as their child grows and develops.
Before Birth – Finish All Dental Work
One of the risk factors in getting cavities and gum disease for children is the amount of bacteria present in their parents’mouths. Babies get born without bacteria in their mouths and the bacteria is transmitted through contact form the caregiver.
Infancy – Bedtime Bottles Should Only Contain Water
Putting a child to sleep with a sugary drink or milk will cause baby bottle caries that are hard to treat at young ages and often require a visit to a specialist that could put the child under general anesthesia for treatment.
When Teeth First Come In – Begin Brushing
When Teeth First Come In – Begin Brushing using a small brush and water or a very small amount of non-fluoridated toothpaste. We recommend MI Paste for children due to its many benefits and exceptional safeness.
At 6 months – Check Fluoride Levels
At 1 year – Begin Semi-Annual Exams
The first dental visit is usually short and involves very little treatment. We may ask you to sit in the dental chair and hold your child during the examination. You may also be asked to wait in the reception area during part of the visit so that a relationship can be built between your child and your dentist.
If the child has older siblings, consider bringing the younger child along to get him/her used to the office
We will gently examine your child’s teeth and gums. We may clean your child’s teeth and apply topical fluoride to help protect the teeth against decay. If your child is older dental x-rays might be taken to check for cavities. We will make sure your child is receiving adequate fluoride at home. Most important of all, we will review with you how to clean and care for your child’s teeth.
What should I tell my child about the first dental visit?
We are asked this question regularly.. We suggest you prepare your child the same way you would before their first haircut or trip to the shoe store. Your child’s reaction to his first visit to the dentist may surprise you.
Here are some “First Visit” tips:
Take your child for a “preview” of the office. Read books with them about going to the dentist. Review with them what the dentist will be doing at the time of the first visit: check their smile and count their teeth. Speak positively about your own dental experiences. Kids are sensitive to the words of their parents, so it’s especially important to speak positively about going to the dentist. Avoid using words like “shot,” “hurt” or “pain”. Instead use positive words to make the visit interesting and fun.
Our staff will also introduce some dental vocabulary to your child to help him/her understand dentistry at a kid’s level, like "sugar bugs" for dental plaque.
During your first visit the dentist will:
Examine your mouth, teeth and gums, evaluate adverse habits like thumb sucking, check to see if you need fluoride, teach you about cleaning your teeth and suggest a schedule for regular dental visits.
Tips for cavity prevention
Limit frequency of meals and snacks, encourage brushing, flossing, and rinsing, watch what your child drinks, avoid giving your child sticky foods, make treats part of meals, and choose nutritious snacks.
The first baby teeth that come into the mouth are the two bottom front teeth. You will notice this when your baby is about 6-8 months old. Next to follow will be the 4 upper front teeth, and then the remainder of your baby’s teeth will appear periodically. They will usually appear in pairs along the sides of the jaw until the child is about 2 1/2 years old.
At around 2 1/2 years old your child should have all 20 teeth. Between the ages of 5 and 6 the first permanent teeth will begin to erupt. Some of the permanent teeth replace baby teeth and some don’t. Don’t worry if some teeth are a few months early or late as all children are different.
Baby teeth are important as they not only hold space for permanent teeth but they are important to chewing, biting, speech and appearance. For this reason it is important to maintain a healthy diet and daily hygiene.
“ My 9 year old daughter used to be very apprehensive during dental treatment but after she had a needle done by Dr Newman's gentle hand she totally overcame her fear and now she is very excited to go back for her appointments.”A. R.,