If you are looking for a dentist for your child, a dental environment that is welcoming and friendly for kids and adults alike, our Surrey dentistry office takes extra care to make each and every one of our patients feel at home, with the comforts and welcoming features to put children and kids at ease before their dentist appointment.
Child Dentist Services
Kids can relax with some videogames on our XBox, your child can read a book, watch a movie on our DVD player from our extensive library, and more.
Children and teens' should be aware that their first appointments will usually run anywhere from between 30 and 60 minutes, depending on the child's age and oral history. If old enough, your child should be informed of the visit and told that the dentist and their staff will explain all procedures and answer any questions.
Dentistry For Children (School Age and Infants)
Oral Health Tips for Preschool and School-aged Children
- Establish and stick to a 'toothbrushing routine' every day. Should be supervised by an informed parent.
- Brush using a pea-sized amount of fluoride-containing toothpaste twice per day, after breakfast and right before bed. Encourage your child to spit out the toothpaste.
- Floss teeth at least once per day. _Oral-B Hummingbird flossers_ are an easy alternative when the child has a small mouth or if the manual dexterity isn't yet developed for conventional flossing.
- Brush the tongue for fresh breath.
- Brush the gums (pink skin around teeth). This is where many bacteria hide, casuing gingivitis and cavities. Easier to access when cheeks are loose, so don't stretch open.
- Remember to encourage your child - praise often get results.
- Sugar, - especially sucrose - is the major dietary factor affecting cavity formation and progression.
- Sugar is broken down by 'sugarbugs'(bacteria) into glue, which allows the bugs to stick to the teeth, and acid, which pulls the minerals out of teeth, softening them.
- Frequent eating or drinking increases the frequency of mineral being taken out of teeth, to the point where a hole or 'cavity' develops.
- Frequent eaters or drinkers of sugar-containing foods or drinks will need more frequent toothbrushing and flossing.
- Rinsing with water after a snack or drink will help to decrease the loss of mineral from teeth.
- Chewing sugarless gum can stimulate saliva, which puts mineral back into teeth. This is especially useful after eating or drinking.
- Avoid frequent sugar consumption and 'sticky' foods like fruit rollups, toffee, and granola bars. These can be very harmful to teeth.
- Try to limit snacks to those with low cavity-causing potential, e.g. cheeses, nuts, fruits(except dried), vegetables, popcorn, meats.
- Try to restrict cavity-causing toods to mealtimes, e.g. chocolate and ice cream for dessert.
- Fluoride supplements (drops or pills) are useful in helping to prevent cavities. Dosage depends age and weight of child. Other sources of fluoride must also be considered.
- If you use a pill, the child chews it and leaves on teeth overnight. If drops, place directly on teeth before bed.
Growing up cavity-free results from making critical decisions early in infancy regarding feeding patterns, diet and snacking behaviours, fluoride management and tooth cleaning routines.
Infant Oral Health Tips
- Establish a 'tooth brushing routine' as soon as teeth erupt and stick to it every day.
- Try laying your child on a surface like a change table or counter that allows you to get close to the mouth.
- Slide your free hand's index finger between the teeth and the lip to let you see where you're brushing.
- You may need to gently 'wrap' your child in a towel to keep their arms from interfering.
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush with a pea-sized amount of fluoride-containing toothpaste, then push the toothpaste into the bristles so your child doesn't lick it off.
- Oral-B Hummingbird flossers are a useful and easy way to introduce flossing. Remember, you're establishing a routine that they'll keep for the rest of their life.
- Distract your infant by singing songs and talking to them, but, above all, be gentle and take your time.
- Don't get frustrated. Remember, this is not punishment for you or your child!
- Give your infant praise for helping so well.
- Sticking to your toothbrushing routine will only make it easier for your child to see it as a normal and healthy part of life.
- Avoid frequent night-time breast-feeding after the first baby tooth erupts.
- Bottle-fed infants should not be put to sleep with the bottle.
Try to wean child from the breast or bottle by 12 to 14 months of age (to discourage using this to 'sooth' a child).
- Reduce your child's sugar consumption frequency.
- Limit your child's daily fruit juice intake to 4-6 oz. (avoid giving pop or powder drinks).
- Children older than 6 months should be given fluoride every day. Amount depends on age and weight of child.