Sometimes children are nervous to go to the dentist for the first time, but the proper family dentist in Mississauga will be able to provide a calm and safe environment for your children. At Dentistry in Streetsville, we work very hard to make sure our office is welcoming for children of all ages from newborns to teens. With our experience and understanding of children’s dentistry, you can trust us for your child’s first dental visit and each visit after!
To help your child feel comfortable for his or her first visit, we recommend playing “dentist.” You can count your child’s teeth and then switch roles to let him count yours. You can explain that the dentist will take “special pictures” of her teeth, but don’t try to explain X-rays. We also find that it helps to bring younger children along to the office for visits for yourself or older siblings so they can familiarize themselves with the office and procedures.
Call Dentistry in Streetsville today. You can learn more about our services and schedule your child’s appointment with our family dentist in Mississauga.
Newborns & Infants
Baby teeth begin to show up between 6 and 9 months of age. These teeth help your child eat and speak as well as help the adult teeth to come in straight. It is important to keep these small teeth cleaned because infants can get cavities just like everyone else. After feeding your infant, be sure to clean his or her mouth and teeth with a small toothbrush, piece of gauze, or a wet facecloth.
Your child’s first visit should be scheduled around 1 year or when the first teeth appear.
Toddlers & Preschoolers
This is a great age to help your child build good oral hygiene habits that will help protect their foundational teeth. Help your toddlers brush their teeth twice per day with a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Make sure your child spits out the toothpaste and doesn’t swallow it. To help prevent cavities, limit sugary foods or drinks and brush your child’s teeth immediately after eating them. Begin flossing when your child’s teeth touch, and change his toothbrush every 1 to 3 months or right after an illness. Let your child watch you brush your teeth to teach by example.
Children & Adolescents
Between ages 6 and 8 your child’s first teeth will start to fall out and the permanent teeth will begin to fill in. By the age of 13, most of the permanent teeth, excluding the wisdom teeth, should be in place. Be sure your child brushes as least twice per day and flosses once. Reduce sugar intake to prevent tooth decay. Limit snacking and help your child eat a healthy and balanced diet. We also recommend that you have your child wear a mouthguard to protect their teeth during sports.
Continuing good habits is the best way for teens to keep their teeth and gums healthy. Whether they’re wearing braces or not they need to remember to:
Some issues that will affect your teen’s oral health include:
Brushing & Oral Care
Regular visits to your dentist, daily brushing and flossing, and a healthy diet can help your teeth last a lifetime. Talk to your children to make sure they understand this. At a regular dental appointment your teeth and gums will be examined to make sure they’re in good shape. Your dentist will also be able to spot early signs of health problems and demonstrate how to properly brush and floss. Professional teeth cleanings will remove any debris that can contribute to cavities and gum disease.
You and your children need to brush at least twice a day, making sure all exposed surfaces are cleaned. Use a gentle, massaging motion for 2 or 3 minutes. We recommend a soft-bristled toothbrush that is changed every 3 months. Floss once a day to clean between your teeth and below the gum line where your toothbrush can’t reach.
Nutrition & Children
To help protect your children’s teeth, make sure they eat healthy meals and snacks that include:
Growing children and teens often eat between meals. You can ensure they have enough energy and healthy teeth with smart snacking that includes:
Children’s Dental Emergencies
Accidents can happen at school, at home, or during sports. If your children’s teeth are damaged during a fall or other accident, make sure you get the right care. This can make the difference between saving a child’s teeth and serious damage to their smile.
You can visit us during office hours, or call 416-888-5766 after hours during an emergency. Follow these steps during dental emergencies:
Many dental emergencies happen during sports events. To prevent these problems, have your child wear mouth protection.
Tooth Decay in Children
Tooth decay is an infectious disease, and all children are at risk. Tooth decay is:
In order to prevent tooth decay in your children of all ages, we recommend: