A good children’s dentist in Regina can be hard to find. The fact of the matter is that it takes an extra level of care and attention to become a good children’s dentist. At Cathedral Dental, our entire staff is patient and experienced with dentistry for ages 6 months & up. We strive to provide the best dental care for all ages! Please feel free to check out some of the information below concerning common questions about children’s dentistry.
Children's First Dental Visit
Our dentists begin seeing patients at age 6 months & up. The initial dental visit is intended to give the parent information on growth and development, prevention tips for tooth decay and become comfortable with our doctors and staff. Building trust early on will help keep your child at ease for future dental visits.
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Effects of Pacifiers And Thumb Sucking
Pacifiers are okay to use up until about the age of two to four. We typically discourage the use of pacifiers after this as they can hurt the development of your child’s teeth permanently.
Another habit strongly discouraged is thumb-sucking as this can lead to improper growth, alignment and changes in the roof of the mouth.
Teething & Primary Teeth
Teething can be very irritating to your child. Their gums will be sore and your natural instinct will be to want to eliminate this pain for them. Teething rings, cool wet cloths, back of a spoon and even rubbing your finger along their gums can help ease their pain.
Typically by the age of 3, each child has all 20 of their primary teeth. The condition and health of primary teeth are incredibly important. They allow for well-developed speech, maintain good nutrition and guide their permanent teeth into place. Permanent teeth begin to erupt around age 6 continues until around age 21. Adults have 28 permanent teeth and 32 when including “wisdom” teeth.
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Fluoride & Dental Sealants
Fluoride is important for teeth because it helps prevent tooth decay and strengthens the enamel. Fluoride is found in small amounts in our water, many types of toothpaste and some foods. If you have any questions pertaining to the amount you believe your child should consume please ask our dentist at Cathedral Dental.
Dental Sealants are a preventative measure against tooth decay. Many of times the sealants are placed on the back molars of permanent teeth and used to protect the chewing surfaces. Dental sealant application typically lasts for several years. It is important to remember that fluoride and dental sealants alone will not prevent tooth decay in your children. Brushing, flossing, making sure your children eat a well-balanced nutritious diet and routine dental visits are all essential in long lasting healthy smiles.
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Frequently Asked Questions:
We recommend that you make an appointment to see the dentist as soon as your child gets his first tooth. The Canada Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that a child is seen by six months after his/her first tooth erupts or by one year old, whichever is first.
The first visit is usually short and simple. In most cases, we focus on getting to know your child and giving you some basic information about dental care. The doctor will check your child’s teeth for placement and health, and look for any potential problems with the gums and jaw. If necessary, we may do a bit of cleaning. We will also answer any questions you have about how to care for your child’s teeth as they develop, and provide you with materials containing helpful tips that you can refer to at home.
The best preparation for your child’s first visit to our office is maintaining a positive attitude. Children pick up on adults’ apprehensions and if you make negative comments about trips to the dentist, you can be sure that your child will fear an unpleasant experience and act accordingly. Show your child the pictures of the office and staff on the website. Let your child know that it’s important to keep his teeth and gums healthy, and that the doctor will help him do that. Remember that your dentist is specially trained to handle fears and anxiety, and our staff excels at putting children at ease during treatment.
We generally recommend scheduling checkups every six months. Depending on the circumstances of your child’s oral health, we may recommend more frequent visits.
Even before your baby’s first tooth appears, we recommend you clean his gums after feedings with a damp, soft washcloth. As soon as his first tooth appears, you can start using a toothbrush. Choose a toothbrush with soft bristles and a small head. You can most likely find a toothbrush designed for infants at your local drugstore.
Once your child has a few teeth, you can start using toothpaste on the brush. Use only a tiny amount for each cleaning, and be sure to choose toothpaste without fluoride for children under two, as too much fluoride can be dangerous for very young children. Always have your child rinse and spit out toothpaste after brushing, to begin a lifelong habit he’ll need when he graduates to fluoride toothpaste. Children naturally want to swallow toothpaste after brushing, and swallowing too much fluoride toothpaste can cause teeth to stain. You should brush your child’s teeth for him until he is ready to take on that responsibility himself, which usually happens by age six or seven.
Certain types of bacteria live in our mouths. When these bacteria come into contact with sugary foods left behind on our teeth after eating, acids are produced. These acids attack the enamel on the exterior of the teeth, eventually eating through the enamel and creating holes in the teeth, which we call cavities.
Be sure that your child brushes his teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Flossing daily is also important, as flossing can reach spots between the teeth that brushing can’t. Check with your pediatric dentist about a fluoride supplement which helps tooth enamel be harder and more resistant to decay. Avoid sugary foods and drinks, limit snacking, and maintain a healthy diet. And finally, make regular appointments so that we can check the health of your child’s teeth and provide professional cleanings.
Sealants cover the pits and fissures in teeth that are difficult to brush and therefore susceptible to decay. We recommend sealants as a safe, simple way to help your child avoid cavities, especially for molars, which are hardest to reach.
Even children’s sports involve contact, and we recommend mouthguards for children active in sports. If your little one plays baseball, soccer, or other sports, ask us about having a custom-fitted mouthguard made to protect his teeth, lips, cheeks, and gums.
We recommend taking X-rays around the age of two or three. The first set consists of simple pictures of the front upper and lower teeth, which familiarizes your child with the process. Once the baby teeth in back are touching each other, then regular (at least yearly) X-rays are recommended. Permanent teeth start coming in around age six, and X-rays help us make sure your child’s teeth and jaw are healthy and properly aligned. If your child is at a high risk of dental problems, we may suggest having X-rays taken at an earlier age.