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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 no lasting affects to the dentition. What affects can happen from sucking the thumb? One of things that can happen is the front teeth are pushed forward. Another thing that can happen, which depends upon the intensity which the child is [...]

Thumb Sucking 2018-02-14T16:29:56+00:00

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 treat baby teeth is for their function in chewing, in being able to eat a regular diet of crunchy foods and whatever they want to have. Another reason is quality of life. Although it’s a baby tooth, a tooth ache in [...]

Why Fix Baby Teeth 2018-02-14T16:30:19+00:00

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 that tooth, that child may need to have it replaced again at 5 years old and 7 years old and 8 years old until that tooth finally falls out. If the child is struggling with treatment at the dental office then [...]

Can my Child Have White Fillings? 2018-02-14T16:30:29+00:00



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 to know, they don’t need to stress about things that they can’t understand. So for instance, you might tell your child we’re going to back to and see Dr. Jen again in a couple weeks and she’s going to have another [...]

Sedation 2018-02-14T16:30:38+00:00

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 of the tooth a grey appearance. The other reason the tooth can turn grey or black is because the nerve inside has died, become necrotic and there is no way that we can one hundred percent know by looking at a [...]

Grey Tooth 2018-02-14T16:30:46+00:00



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 in so there is a chance for much movement to occur in that first year of teeth coming in. That being said, the way teeth come in, the position in which they come in whether they are crowded and overlapped or [...]

Crowding 2018-02-14T16:30:53+00:00

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 as an infant and given antibiotics or perhaps born prematurely. There are some types of antibiotics that can affect the development of the teeth and particularly the enamel. Most of the time however, what parents think is bad enamel that runs [...]

Bad Enamel 2018-02-14T16:31:01+00:00

Visit to Dentist within Baby’s First Year Key to Preventing Childhood Caries


A friendly reminder from the Canadian Dental Association about the importance of early dental visits for infants:   Regular and early visits by infants and toddlers to a dentist can help to identify and address the risk for tooth decay that can lead to early childhood caries, says the Canadian Dental Association (CDA).   “Tooth decay is preventable,” says Dr. Peter Doig, President of CDA. “Infants should visit the dentist by age one, and regularly thereafter. These early visits can identify and address signs of tooth decay, promote good oral health habits, and are an investment in lifelong health.”   The [...]

Visit to Dentist within Baby’s First Year Key to Preventing Childhood Caries 2013-11-18T18:58:16+00:00

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 in terms of relevant social cues, perspectives, and common responses in a specifically defined style and format. The goal of a Social Story is to share accurate social information in a patient and reassuring manner that is easily understood by its [...]

The Social Story: Going to the Dentist 2013-07-25T21:31:28+00:00

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 answer a dental and medical questionnaire (or you can fill them out online and bring them with you when you come!) - Then Dr. Jen will meet with you and your child/children where you will have the opportunity to have answered [...]

What will we do at your child’s 1st Dental Visit? 2018-02-14T03:47:21+00:00

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