Common Mistakes Parents Make With Their Children’s Dental Care*

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BRINGING CHILDREN TO THEIR FIRST DENTAL VISIT TOO LATE

A child’s first dental visit should be when the first tooth appears or by the age of 1, whichever comes first. It is the best practice to start a child on a good path and reduce early childhood caries. For more information click here.

ALLOWING CHILDREN TO BRUSH AND FLOSS THEIR TEETH ON THEIR OWN

It is very important to teach and help your child brush and floss their teeth to aid them in the right direction in maintaining proper care of their teeth at an early age. Being with them when they are brushing a parent can ensure that they do not rush their brush and brush for at least 2 minutes, covering all the teeth and surfaces.

THINKING THAT CAVITIES ON BABY TEETH DO NOT NEED TO BE FIXED

Some baby teeth will be in your child’s mouth until age 12 and the decayed tooth that needs to be fixed may be one of those. Decayed, broken or teeth that are infected can hurt your child’s oral and overall health and it may also affect the way your child feels about him or herself now and in the future. for more information click here.

ALLOWING CHILDREN TO DRINK SPORT DRINKS AND SODA POP

The sugar and acid in energy drinks and soda pop is a perfect recipe for bacteria growth in the mouth which may cause tooth decay and dental erosion. When given the choice, water is best for hydration. For more information on sport drinks click here.

ALLOWING CHILDREN TO PLAY SPORTS WITHOUT A MOUTH GUARD AND NOT MAKING SURE IT IS CLEANED PROPERLY

Mouth guards, also called mouth protectors, help cushion a blow to the face, minimizing the risk of broken teeth and injuries to your lips, tongue, face or jaw. They typically cover the upper teeth and are a great way to protect the soft tissues of your tongue, lips and cheek lining. Knowing how to prevent injuries like these is especially important if you participate in organized sports or other recreational activities. For more information click here.

For information on proper mouth guard care click here.

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HELPING YOUR CHILD WITH THEIR DENTAL VISIT – DENTIST BRAMPTON

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To help the dental visit go more smoothly:

1. Tell your child about the visit but limit the amount of details given.

2. Answer any questions with simple, to-the-point, answers. Let the dentist answer more complex or detailed questions as dentists are trained to describe things to children in a non-threatening and easy-to-understand language.

3. Be careful of the words that you use such as “hurt” and “pain.”

4. Be sure not to tell your child about an unpleasant dental experience that you’ve had.

5. Explain things in a matter that they’ll understand how important it is to maintain healthy teeth and gums and that the dentist is a friendly doctor whose job it is to help do this.

6. Don’t promise a reward for going to the dentist.

Ways a dentist can calm an anxious child:

1. Voice control. The dentist uses a friendly voice, which could become firmer if necessary.

2. Simple instructions. The dentist will use simple words (tell, show, do) to explain a procedure and may demonstrate the procedure on a doll or another person before performing the procedure on the child.

3. Positive reinforcement. The dentist will use praise and compliments to reward for good behaviour.

4. Distraction. The dentist will tell stories or engage the child in conversation to draw the child’s attention away from the work being completed.

5. Nonverbal communication. The dentist uses body language, such as a simple smile to reinforce positive behaviour.

6. Sedation. The dentist may use sedation to help the child relax and be more comfortable, if necessary. The two most common types of sedation that might be used in children are nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”) or an oral sedative (such as Valium).

For more information on this or other topics be sure to contact one of our dental professionals.
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