Why See a Pediatric Dentist?
A pediatric dentist specializes in the field of child dentistry with an additional two or three years of study to learn the ins and outs of young dental patients. In pediatric dentistry, we will typically have patients ranging in age from birth up to 18 years. Our child dentists also have additional training in child psychology to help them effectively interact with young patients.
At Keswick Kids Dental Clinic, the three primary goals of our pediatric dental practice are to:
- Assess whether your child is properly cleaning their teeth at home on a regular basis.
- Identify any problems with your child’s teeth, gums, and jaw early on, before they become serious concerns.
- Help your child become comfortable with visiting the dentist – no fears here!
Our pediatric dentists are also trained in working closely with parents to educate and support families throughout the development of their children. Our pediatric dental practice can help with concerns such as:
- Proper oral care
- Custom sports mouth guards
- Child friendly dental products such as toothpaste and mouthwash
- Braces and orthodontic requirements
- Child tooth extractions and how to avoid them
Your Child’s First Visit to the Dentist
The Canadian Dental Association (CDA) recommends that all children visit a pediatric dental practice within six months of their first tooth appearing, or by the age of one. The goal of pediatric dentistry is to catch any dental problems early on while they are still small and easy to fix. Early dental visits also help get both baby and parent used to visiting and looking forward to seeing the dentist.
What To Expect at Your Child’s Dentist Appointment?
There are several things we will examine and tend to during pediatric dentistry:
Oral Cleanings – Our dental hygienists will carefully remove any plaque and calculus. This helps remove stains from the teeth and below the gum line, and helps to prevent decay.
X-Rays – As needed, we will take pictures of what is happening below the gumline to help identify cavities in their early stages, assess root development, and identify adult teeth coming in below the gum.
Oral Inspection – Our pediatric dentist will carefully examine your child’s mouth, gums, and teeth for any warning signs of decay, cavities, or other dental problems.
Fluoride Treatments – Depending on the patient, our children’s dentist may recommend a fluoride treatment to help strengthen tooth enamel and prevent tooth decay. Adminstering fluoride is a safe and effective treatment for children and used around the world. Only a small amount of dental fluoride is applied and it hardens quickly – the potential to swallow is negligible.
Dental Sealants – If your child has not had dental sealants before, we may recommend this treatment to seal off the surface area of teeth. Dental sealants are very effective at preventing cavities.
Oral Care Advice – Both our hygienist and pediatric dentist will recommend ways to improve your child’s oral care habits, such as how to properly brush and floss.
Remember, good oral habits developed at a young age will also encourage lifelong patterns of good oral health! In pediatric dentistry, your dentist and hygienist will play an important part in your child’s smile and the overall health of their teeth.
Making Your Visit to the Dentist Fun and Exciting!
In pediatric dentistry, the child dentist will have special training in caring for young and small mouths. Our pediatric dental practice is specifically designed to help create a warm and safe environment for child patients!
At Keswick Kids Dental, our clinic is definitely “kid friendly” and a place your family will look forward to visiting. We have a kid arcade zone to enjoy while waiting and a free prize room with a complimentary ice cream freezer. Our goal is to send your child home happy and comfortable with their dental visit. Parents can enjoy no-charge spa services while they wait!
Furthermore, our pediatric dental practice is equipped with state-of-the-art pediatric dentistry equipment specifically designed for treating young dental patients. This includes everything from teeth cleaning and oral exams to dental surgery and child tooth extractions.
Keswick Kids Dental also offers dental sedation and full sedation sleep dentistry for children, with a dedicated surgical suite and a beautiful recovery room. Contact us to find out more!