Kid zone: for the dental health of toddlers
Toddlers, just like older kids, need regular dental care to maintain their good oral health. Come see us at the clinic and we will proceed with the dental evaluation of your child with great care and gentleness.
First Visit of Your Child
At the first appointment, the dentist will put your child at ease, examine and clean his teeth and review oral hygiene techniques and nutrition with you.
It’s reported that half of the population are scared of going to the dentist. It is important for parents not to transmit this fear to their child. Positive attitude will reassure him and determine his attitude and cooperation in the treatment room. Therefore, your collaboration as a parent is very important before, during and after the visit.
Before the first visit
- Read your child one of the many books featuring a character who visits the dentist for the first time.
- Explain briefly what the dentist will be doing (checking and counting the teeth, etc) and avoid words such as “pain”, “hurt”, “needle”, because they trigger fear.
During the visit
- If your child is too young, you may be asked to sit in the dentist’s chair and hold him/her during the examination.
- If your child is older, you may be asked to return to the waiting room once the initial contact is made, for better cooperation.
- Listen to the instructions and suggestions given by the dentist for a better cooperation.
- Keep a positive attitude about the appointment at all times.
After the visit
- Make sure that your child brushes his/her teeth at least twice a day or after each meal.
- Floss his or her teeth once a day.
- Monitor what your child eats and offer sugarless and non-sticky foods.
Till age ten, brush, help or monitor your child brushing and flossing.
A Diet for Healthy Teeth
The sugary drinks and food we consume change into acid on contact with the bacteria naturally present in our saliva. The acid wears away our tooth enamel and cavities eventually form on our teeth.
Unfortunately, many nutritious drinks and food contain natural sugar, which is equally damaging to our teeth. For example, milk, fruit juice and most starchy foods (crackers, teething biscuits, etc.) break down into sugar. If these foods remain in our mouth long enough, they transform into acid. Naturally, you cannot cut these foods out of your children’s diet entirely since they contain vitamins and nutrients essential for good growth.
Generally speaking, to limit the damage caused by sugar, your role is to carefully watch what your children are eating and supervise how often they brush their teeth. This means taking the time to read the list of ingredients on each product label before putting it in your grocery cart. Foods that contain corn, corn syrup or maple syrup, honey, molasses, fructose, glucose or dextrose-based sweeteners should be used in moderation. Since children love snacks, offer them water rather any other beverages. Nuts, cheese and raw vegetables are excellent options, both in terms of oral health and the general health of your children. Fruit juices, soft drinks and candies should be offered on occasion. Careful tooth brushing is advised after eating.
Tooth Decay in Children
Breast milk, baby formula, cow’s milk and fruit juice ALL contain sugar.
Babies MAY develop cavities if they:
- Fall asleep while drinking a bottle of milk, formula or juice;
- Fall asleep at their mother’s breast with milk still in their mouths.
This type of cavity can occur up to the age of four. Once your child has teeth, check them every month. Look out for stains or dull white lines on the teeth along the gums. Also watch for discoloured (dark) teeth. If you see any of these signs, make an appointment with your dentist right away. Cavities in young children must be treated quickly, otherwise they could experience pain and develop an infection. If you give your child a bottle of milk, formula or juice at bedtime, stopping all at once WON’T be easy.
Here’s what to do:
- Put plain water in the bottle only.
- If your child refuses it, give her a clean soother, stuffed toy or blanket.
- If she cries, don’t give up.
- Comfort her and try again.
If this doesn’t work, try watering down your child’s bottle over a week or two until there is ONLY water left. If your child falls asleep while nursing, try to take her off the breast while she is still awake.
Why choose us?
- We gently provide the best possible care in a peaceful and cozy environment.
- We take the time to listen to you and clearly explain our procedures in order to meet your needs and expectations.
- We know you are not an anonymous patient among many others, but a unique individual, with unique needs and expectations.
- Our personnel has a strong experience in dentistry and customer service and are able to provide care with a human touch in a professional and warm atmosphere.
- We constantly update our knowledge, our equipment and the technologies for your treatments to be the most efficient and comfortable, and thus help you achieve optimal oral health.
- Our fees are aligned with the Fee guide from the Quebec Dentists Association, even lower for some treatments.
- Our patients enjoy their experience with us and are loyal. A majority of them are being referred by a family member or a friend.
- A good part of them comes from a reference of the family or a friend.