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 mouth. Dr. Jen's certified dental assistants are well-trained to help your child through the often new process and explain at their level what they are doing :) The key with fissure sealants is your child's cooperation in order to keep the [...]
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 [...]
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, which is also the time when solid foods are being introduced. Night time breast feeding or bottle feeding can cause dental decay because we produce a lot less saliva at night and therefore the mouth becomes dry – this environment with [...]
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!
Early Childhood Caries or Baby Bottle Tooth Decay is the MOST common chronic childhood disease (even above asthma!). Dental decay is also 100% preventable! We can help establish great oral care habits with you and your child early on to avoid this preventable disease
Try playing your child's favourite song or TV show – it can be a great distraction and enable you to do a thorough cleaning of their teeth, especially before bed! Your child’s mouth becomes dry at night time and any food or drink residue remaining on the teeth serve as ‘food’ for bacteria. The bacteria, in turn, produce acid which breaks down tooth surface and eventually leads to a cavity or hole in the tooth. 2minsx2timesaday is the ideal amount of time to be brushing your child’s teeth. Children actually require assistance with brushing until at least age 6 – their [...]
Did you know babies often mimic the same bacteria in their mouths as their Mom's! We all have ‘good’ bacteria in our mouths, but if Mom has a cavity, then there are some ‘bad’ bacteria present. Mom’s often try food for baby with the same spoon for temperature and taste or clean a soiled pacifier with their mouth, this ‘bad’ bacteria can then be transferred from Mom’s mouth to baby’s mouth by saliva. This is why Mom's-to-be need to take extra special care of their own teeth.
Spring has finally sprung, we think!! Helmets on, mouthguards in and have fun kids! ...we are here if you need us for those unplanned mouth bumps. Did you know that if a baby tooth is pushed up into the gums from a fall, it will usually heal and re-erupt into the mouth over 3-6 months? However, if a permanent tooth is pushed up into the gums, it will need to be repositioned by your pediatric dentist and stabilized with a splint for a few weeks. If your child fractures his or her permanent front tooth and ‘the pulp’ is exposed or [...]
To discuss home toothbrushing and toothpaste habits, pacifier/thumb habits, trauma experience/preparation, beverage/bottle/sippy cup habits, oral growth and development; to introduce your child to the dental visit; to examine your child's gums and teeth. Early prevention is key to establishing great oral health for life!
We recommend ceasing a thumb habit by age 3 in order to avoid permanent tooth movement from thumb sucking. Your pediatrician would suggest sooner to enable proper speech production and for your child to develop social skills with their peers. Breaking this habit can be a challenge for most parents but it is doable! Try these tips and remember it takes time: place a bandaid on the preferred thumb so your child will naturally avoid sucking on it because of the texture (buying ‘cool’ character bandaids for added enthusiasm is a great idea). At night, placing a sock on their hand [...]