Dr. Jennifer Howson-Jones

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Healthy eating for children

As a parent, one of the most important things you do is to help your children learn healthy eating habits. Children need a balanced diet with food from all four food groups—vegetables and fruit, grain products, milk and alternatives, and meat and alternatives.   Children need 3 meals a day and 1 to 3 snacks (morning, afternoon and possibly before …

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The dentist says my child needs a filling in a baby tooth. Since the tooth is going to fall out, why bother?

Some primary (or baby) teeth will be in your child’s mouth until age 12. The tooth that needs to be fixed may be one of those.   Broken teeth or teeth that are infected can hurt your child’s health and the way your child feels about him or herself.   To do a filling, the dentist removes the decay and …

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Fluoride and Your Child

The Canadian Dental Association explains what the benefits of fluoride are to your child’s (and your) developing dentition:   Fluoride is a mineral found in soil, water (both fresh and salt) and various foods. It has a positive effect on oral health by making teeth more resistant to decay. Fluoride can also prevent or even reverse tooth decay that has …

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What is a sealant?

Dr. Jen wants to ensure your child maintains a healthy mouth for life! Fissure sealants are a preventative plastic coating, painted onto permanent or adult molars and sometimes premolars, which help to prevent cavities on the biting surface of those at-risk teeth. The best time to place these sealants is soon after your child’s 6 year molars erupt into the …

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The Social Story: Going to the Dentist

Dr. Jen has recently had a customized Social Story developed for her practice! What is a Social Story? A Social Story can be a written or visual guide describing various social interactions, situations, behaviours, skills or concepts and were introduced and described by Gray and Garand (1993). According to Gray (2010) ‘a Social Story describes a situation, skill, or concept …

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When do baby teeth come in?

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Is ‘real’ fruit juice better for your child?

We emphasize diet and toothbrushing as the 2 key ingredients for maintaining your child’s oral health. The American Academy of Pediatrics makes the following recommendation: “that fruit juice not be given to infants under six months of age since it offers no nutritional benefit to babies in this age group. After six months of age, infants may have limited amounts …

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What will we do at your child’s 1st Dental Visit?

The Canadian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and The Canadian Dental Association recommend your child see the dentist by “1st tooth or 1st birthday.” Why? Even though your child has just a few teeth and will likely be uncooperative at their first few dental visits, prevention is the key to a lifetime of healthy teeth and no cavities! – You will …

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Baby bottle tooth decay

Milk is the first thing babies’ drink, whether breast or formula and then cow’s milk, and it is integral to their growth and development. Having a feeding schedule early on helps to establish great habits and to avoid baby bottle tooth decay or Early Childhood Caries (ECC). Your child will begin to get their first teeth around 6 months old, …

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“1st dental visit by 1st birthday”

The Canadian and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend “first dental visit by first tooth or first birthday”…so please bring your growing baby in for an oral assessment and some advice on oral health care today!  

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