Dr. Jennifer Howson-Jones

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Thumb Sucking

When should my child stop sucking their thumb and how can I stop them? From a dental point of view, in particular the Canadian Academy of Pediatric Dentists, we recommend that a child stops the habit of sucking their thumb by age three. We find that if a child is able to stop that habit by age three there is …

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Shark Teeth

Why does my child have two rows of teeth? It looks like the permanent ones are coming in behind the baby ones – is this normal? This is quite common and perfectly normal for the adult teeth to come in behind your child’s baby teeth. We generally check for a couple of things when this happens. If your child is …

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First Visit

We recommend along with the Canadian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry that your child see the dentist, preferably a pediatric dentist, by age one or by the time they have at least one tooth in their mouth; so by first tooth or by first birthday. This first visit will be much more of an …

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Why Fix Baby Teeth

Why do we need to fix my child’s baby teeth, they’re just going to fall out anyway. Yes, they are just baby teeth but some of the back baby molars will be in your child’s mouth until they are 10 to 12 years old so during that time frame there are many reasons to keep baby teeth. One reason to …

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Oral Conscious Sedation

Do you do in office sedation for kids? The short answer is yes. What is sedation? The type of sedation we use for children is called oral conscious sedation. There is a continuum of affect that the sedation can have on your child from a very minimal reduction of anxiety, but still quite normal interaction, but just a reduction of …

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Can my Child Have White Fillings?

White Fillings are a type of plastic called composite. We find that, and research supports this, white fillings in baby teeth tend to leak and do not last for the life span of the baby tooth. So for instance, in a child who is 3 years old who has a cavity and were we to place a white filling in …

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Sedation

What can we expect on the day of our child’s sedation appointment and how do we prepare them? I generally recommend speaking to your child in words that are appropriate for their age and actually preparing them very little for the appointment. In their world they’re just coming to visit the dentist again and that’s really all that they need …

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Grey Tooth

My child fell and banged their front baby tooth and it’s turned black. What do we do? Generally when a baby tooth is traumatized it can turn black for a couple of reasons. One reason which is quite common is essentially a bruise. There is bruising on the inside of the tooth with some dried blood giving the outside surface …

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Crowding

My child’s teeth are coming in crooked. Are they going to need braces? This is usually asked by the parent of a two or three year old. It’s very hard to determine at this stage if in fact your child will need braces because of several reasons. One, the dental arch is still developing and the teeth are just coming …

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Bad Enamel

My child seems to have bad enamel. Bad enamel runs in our family, so what do we do? Well, bad enamel or missing enamel – there are rare conditions where a child may be missing their enamel, there are genetic conditions but they are quite rare. Another reason a child might have poor quality enamel is if they were ill …

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