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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 Sucking2014-04-11T21:05:00+00:00

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 five or six years old and you notice that the baby teeth are loose and the adult teeth are coming in behind, then it’s perfectly normal to let nature to take its course. The baby teeth will fall out on their [...]

Shark Teeth2014-04-10T19:23:51+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 Teeth2014-03-05T18:33:57+00:00

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 anxiety, all the way to your child being quite drowsy and uncoordinated and unable to speak in coherent sentences. And they may even fall asleep. But oral conscious sedation means that your child is always able to maintain their own airway, [...]

Oral Conscious Sedation2014-04-11T21:14:38+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 [...]


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 Tooth2014-02-06T23:24:43+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 [...]


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 Enamel2014-02-06T22:59:00+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 Caries2013-11-18T18:58:16+00:00

Helpful Tips for Healthy Smiles at Halloween


Helpful tips from the Canadian Dental Association!   Halloween is just around the corner and we all know that for most children, Halloween means candy and lots of it!   However, when your child consumes sugary food or drinks, the bacteria (germs) in the dental plaque on the teeth mix with the sugars in the candy to make a mild acid. This acid attacks the hard outer layer of the tooth, called the enamel. If the dental plaque isn’t removed every day by brushing and flossing, over time, the enamel gets soft and a cavity forms. The damage to the tooth [...]

Helpful Tips for Healthy Smiles at Halloween2013-10-31T18:45:19+00:00

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