At Evercare Dental Group we pride ourselves on maintaining a “kid-friendly” atmosphere within our family dental practice. Our staff is warm and friendly, and we make sure that children of all ages are put at ease when they require pediatric dental procedures. Our clinics are comfortable and well appointed, and have a number of child friendly features including complimentary sugar free lollies, colouring in station where your child can feel at ease prior to their appointment and of course a cartoon network is always airing when your little one comes to visit.
Your child’s first visit
The first “regular” dental visit should occur at 2 years of age. The first dental visit is usually short and involves very little treatment. We may ask you to sit in the dental chair and have your child comfortably sitting on your lap during the examination.
We will gently examine your child’s teeth and gums looking at the following:
- Which teeth have erupted (come through the gum).
- Accessing the development of the jaw.
- Checking for cavities in the teeth.
- Looking at the soft tissues (tongue, cheeks, lips and throat)
- Evaluate adverse habits like thumb sucking.
- With regular check ups we can assess how your child’s bite is developing and refer for orthodontic assessment when required.
Here are some “First Visit” tips:
- Take your child for a “preview” of the dental clinic perhaps with yourself or a sibling.
- Read books with them about going to the dentist.
- Review with them what the dentist will be doing at the time of the first visit.
- Speak positively about your own dental experiences.
Preventative Care For Children
Tooth decay and children no longer have to go hand in hand. At Evercare Dental Group we are most concerned with all aspects of preventive care. We use the latest in dental sealant technology to protect your child’s teeth. Dental sealants are bonded to the chewing surfaces of decay-prone back teeth. This is just one of the ways we will set the foundation for your child’s lifetime of good oral health.
Most of the time cavities are due to a diet high in sugary foods and a lack of brushing. Limiting sugar intake and brushing regularly can help. The longer it takes your child to chew their food and the longer the residue stays on their teeth, the greater the chances of getting cavities.
Every time someone eats, an acid reaction occurs inside their mouth as the bacteria digests the sugars. This reaction lasts approximately 20 minutes. During this time the acid environment can destroy the tooth structure, eventually leading to cavities.
Consistency of a person’s saliva also makes a difference; thinner saliva breaks up and washes away food more quickly. When a person eats diets high in carbohydrates and sugars they tend to have thicker saliva, which in turn allows more of the acid-producing bacteria that can cause cavities.
Tips for cavity prevention
- Limit frequency of meals and snacks.
- Encourage brushing, flossing and rinsing.
- Watch what your child drinks.
- Avoid giving your child sticky foods
- Do not allow child to sleep with bottle in mouth especially filled with juice
- Choose nutritious low sugar snacks.
The first baby teeth that come into the mouth are the two bottom front teeth. You will notice this when your baby is about 6-8 months old. Next to follow will be the 4 upper front teeth and the remainder of your baby’s teeth will appear periodically. They will usually appear in pairs along the sides of the jaw until the child is about 2 1/2 years old.
At around 2 1/2 years old your child should have all 20 teeth. Between the ages of 5 and 6 the first permanent teeth will begin to erupt. Some of the permanent teeth replace baby teeth and some don’t. Do not worry if some teeth are a few months early or late as all children are different. Baby teeth are important as they not only hold space for permanent teeth but they are important to chewing, biting, speech and appearance. For this reason it is important to maintain a healthy diet and daily hygiene
Highly effective in preventing decay on the biting surfaces of your chewing teeth, sealants are a simple procedure in which a tooth-colored acrylic “coating” is painted onto the surface of the tooth. This effectively “seals” the deep grooves acting as a barrier, protecting enamel from plaque and acids.
Sealants protect the depressions and grooves of your teeth from food particles and plaque that brushing and flossing cannot reach.
Easy to apply, sealants take only a few minutes to seal each tooth. Sealants hold up well under the force of normal chewing and can last several years before a reapplication is needed.
Children benefit highly from sealants in the fight against tooth decay.
Early Childhood Caries
One serious form of decay among young children is baby bottle tooth decay, also referred to as early childhood caries (ECC). This condition is caused by frequent and long exposures of an infant’s teeth to liquids that contain high concentration of sugar. Among the most common culprits are fruit juices and cordials.
Putting a baby to bed for a nap or at night with a bottle other than water can cause serious and rapid tooth decay. Sweet liquid pools around the child’s teeth giving plaque bacteria an opportunity to produce acids that attack tooth enamel. If you must give the baby a bottle as a comforter at bedtime, it should contain only water. If your child won’t fall asleep without the bottle and its usual beverage, gradually dilute the bottle’s contents with water over a period of two to three weeks.
After each feeding, wipe the baby’s gums and teeth with a damp washcloth or gauze pad to remove plaque. The easiest way to do this is to sit down, place the child’s head in your lap or lay the child on a dressing table or the floor. Whatever position you use, be sure you can see into the child’s mouth easily.