It is crucial to instill healthy habits in children at a very young age to help them maintain good oral health. At Clinique dentaire Boisbriand, we do our very best to provide children with a pleasant environment that is conducive to quality dental care. We are also committed to education. We take the time to teach them how to care for their growing teeth.
Our young patients are always happy to spend some time in our special waiting room for kids, which is equipped with video games, and they feel at ease in the capable hands of our attentive dentists, whose priority is their well-being and putting smiles back on their faces!
Most dentists recommend a first visit for children at age 2.
We understand the importance of this first visit, so our dentists and dental hygienists are careful to put your child at ease and establish a relationship of trust. They will examine and clean your child’s teeth, and remind you of proper brushing and flossing techniques.
Approximately 50% of people feel a certain amount of uneasiness when they visit the dentist. Be careful not to pass this type of fear on to your children. By giving them the right information and maintaining a positive attitude, you can minimize their anxiety and shape their future relationship with the dentist. Your cooperation before, during and after the visit is crucial.
If the pain persists, your dentist, pharmacist or physician can recommend an over-the-counter medication to ease the pain.
All 20 of your child’s baby teeth should appear by age 2 or 3.
It is perfectly normal for infants to want to suckle, because that is how they relax and feed themselves. As your child reaches age 2 or 3, the need to suckle should diminish. If not, it is better to use a pacifier rather than allow children to suck their thumbs.
Because you can control when and how your children use a pacifier, but the same is not true of sucking their thumbs. Do not put sugar, honey or corn syrup on the pacifier, because doing so can cause tooth decay. Ideally, children will stop sucking before they reach age 3. Continuing to suck their thumbs or use a pacifier after permanent teeth have grown can adversely affect the normal growth of the jaw and the position of the teeth.
Breast milk, infant formula, cow’s milk and fruit juice all contain sugar.
This type of tooth decay can appear up to age 4. Once your child’s teeth have grown, examine them every month. Look out for stains or dull white lines forming on the teeth near the gums. Also be aware of dark colored teeth. If you see any of these signs, take your child to the dentist immediately. Tooth decay in young children must be treated quickly. If you wait, your child may suffer and develop an infection. If you have been giving your child milk, infant formula or juice in a bottle at bedtime, it may be difficult to stop suddenly.
If none of these recommendations are effective, try gradually diluting the milk in the bottle with water until the bottle contains only water. If you are breastfeeding, try to remove your child from your breast before he or she falls asleep.
Why fill a baby tooth that is going to fall out anyway?
Children may have some baby teeth up to age 12, and it is sometimes necessary to fill them before they fall out. Broken or infected teeth can be detrimental to your child’s health and self-esteem. When filling a tooth, the dentist removes the cavity and replaces it with an amalgam or composite. A filling is often an easy and inexpensive way to resolve a problem that could otherwise be very painful and expensive. This procedure stops the progress of the decay from damaging more of the tooth.
On the other hand, if the tooth is not filled and the decay progresses, extraction may be the only option. In such a case, the dentist may recommend a space retainer in order to give the permanent tooth enough room to grow properly. Otherwise, a missing baby tooth can result in migration of the other teeth, filling the space before the permanent tooth can grow.