At Cataraqui Dental, we see kids ranging from infancy to age 11 in our pediatric program. We think it’s very important to work with young people and teach them the importance of good dental health as early as possible.
Decay develops very fast in young kids’ mouths. By visiting our Kingston dental office regularly, we can spot decay before it progresses. Also, by coming in regularly, children become comfortable with our doctors and team, so if and when they need any treatment done, it can be done with the maximum amount of comfort.
The Canadian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children should visit the dentist within six months of their first tooth erupting or by their first birthday. It is important that your child’s newly-erupted teeth (appearing between six and 12 months of age) receive proper dental care and guidance for proper oral hygiene habits right from the beginning.
Making Dentistry and Enjoyable Experience for Your Child
Here at Cataraqui Dental, we are great with kids! We offer a relaxing, not-threatening environment—we even have adults who ask to have their appointment in the kids’ room! Suzanne and Anne are the ladies who work in the kids’ room, and they have an amazing amount of patience to make the whole dental experience as fun as possible.
Why Checkups at Our Kingston, ON Dental Office are Important
Tooth decay is caused by sugars left in the mouth that turn into an acid, which can break down teeth. Children are at high risk for tooth decay for a simple reason: many children and adolescents do not practice regular, good oral hygiene habits. Proper brushing and flossing routines combined with regular dental visits to our Kingston dental office help keep toot decay away.
Your child should visit one of our dentists at Cataraqui Dental every six months for regular dental cleanings and checkups. We recommend fluoride treatments twice a year along with cleanings to keep teeth at their strongest. Tooth sealants are also recommended as they “seal” the deep grooves in your child’s teeth and can prevent decay from forming in these hard-to-reach areas. Sealants last for several years and will be monitored at your child’s regular checkups.
Caring for Your Child’s Teeth at Home
Your child’s primary or baby teeth will begin to erupt between the ages of six and 12 months, and will continue to appear until about age three. During this time, the child’s gums may feel tender and sore. To help alleviate this discomfort, we recommend you soothe the gums by rubbing a clean finger or a cool, wet cloth across them. You may also choose to make use of a teething ring. When your child has finished teething, you can expect a total of 20 primary teeth.
As your child's teeth emerge, be sure to check them every two weeks and inspect for lines and discolouration that may be caused by decay (sugar bugs). Remember that sugary foods and liquids can attack a new tooth, so make sure that your child brushes after drinking or eating. We recommend brushing four times a day for optimal oral hygiene: after breakfast, lunch, dinner and at bedtime.
Brushing can be fun, and your child should start brushing as soon as his or her first tooth arrives. When that tooth erupts, brush it using a soft-bristled toothbrush. Children under three years of age should brush with a smear of toothpaste or the amount the size of a grain of rice; children older than three should use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. It is important to use toothpaste containing fluoride as fluoride is crucial to the development of strong and healthy teeth and is not contained in our Kingston and surrounding area drinking water. Toothpastes with the Canadian Dental Association symbol contain fluoride, so make sure you look before you buy! Make sure your child's toothbrush is the right size for his or her mouth; a new toothbrush should be purchased every three to four month.
Flossing is also a part of good oral hygiene habits, and your Kingston pediatric dentist will discuss the right time to start flossing. If you notice any signs of decay on your child's teeth, contact our office immediately.