Pediatric Dentist Toronto
Dental Care For Children
Pediatric dentists are professionals who treat the oral health of children starting from infancy all the way up to their teen years. Those years are especially important because of the many changes their bodies go through: from starting to lose their baby teeth to making sure their new teeth come in straight, ensuring the health of their gums, getting ahead of any possible cavities, etc. Attending regular check-ups is the best course of action to guarantee our children’s oral health during these crucial first few years of their life and guarantee we are only seeing healthy smiles as they grow older.
What Does An Appointment For Your Child Look Like At Annex Dentistry?
Here at Annex Dentistry, your child’s dental health, as well as comfort, are our top priority. We adore our young patients and aim to help them through every stage of their oral development while providing a wonderful experience for them. We understand that the dental office may be a new venture for them and we strive to make it a positive and enjoyable visit. Our hygienists have many years of experience treating this age group and enjoy the hugs and smiles they receive from their happy young patients.
Our dental services entail just about every aspect of children’s oral health from infancy to teen years. We have a dental team who accepts pediatric patients and is experienced in taking care of your child’s teeth and gums through various stages. Our dental hygienists can’t wait to meet our new young patients.
What are Some Specific Pediatric Procedures for Kids?
1. Dental Checkups
According to WebMD, kids over 2 years old should go for dental checkups once every 6 months. From age 4 to 6, your kid’s pediatric dentist should start checking for cavities. Regular visits should continue into their teen years to ensure your child’s dental formula and overall oral health is great.
2. Teeth Cleaning
Dental checkups can reveal teeth-cleaning issues. To clarify the issue, we can demonstrate how your child should brush their teeth and floss so they can understand how to take better care of their teeth. This discussion can also include the parents. Additionally, we can include nutrition and dietary recommendations that prevent serious dental diseases like gum disease. Overall, this first stage will be to establish healthy habits around oral hygiene that will hopefully stay with them as they grow.
3. Dental X-rays
Dental checkups can also include X-rays to check for cavities or detect dental formula abnormalities in children’s gums/underneath the teeth.
Our X-rays detect cavities, and teeth alignment issues, among other dental care problems common in children. If our dental X-rays reveal any issues, we may conduct further X-rays and assessments to recommend the ideal treatment.
4. Dental Filling
If dental X-rays detect cavities or tooth decay, our team can perform dental filling procedures to treat such problems. Cavities and tooth decay are prevalent in children. In Canada, over 50% of all children aged between 6 to 11 years have had at least one cavity.
Our pediatric dentists fill such cavities and restore the normal function of your child’s teeth. Most importantly, we make the process as comfortable as possible in a friendly environment for children.
5. Treatment for Misaligned Teeth or Improper Bite
Dental X-rays that reveal teeth misalignment or improper bite may be followed up with corrective procedures that may include the installation of braces. According to CAO (Canadian Association of Orthodontists), children should see an orthodontic specialist (specialist in teeth alignment) before age 7 since they have already begun developing permanent teeth by this time and any alignment issues can be detected and corrected early.
Are There Any Dental Procedures Children Should Undergo?
There are no specific procedures that are mandatory for children, but dental checkups are recommendable twice a year for kids over 2 years old, this will be the best way to ensure your child’s oral health at every stage of their development.
To maintain your kid’s oral health, proper teeth cleaning should begin as soon as their teeth appear. A pediatric dentist or dental hygienist is the best-placed dental professional to demonstrate proper dental cleaning techniques in case your kids are having any issues with it. Additionally, checkups and dental cleaning procedures will reveal the need for any other necessary dental treatments.
Is An Annual Exam Required for Kids?
Given how important these first few years are for their development, kids (aged 2 years and above) should undergo dental exams twice a year, to make sure their teeth are growing in without any issues and they can keep their beautiful smiles all year round.
Here at Annex Dentistry, we are proud to have a wide range of pediatric dentistry options. Your children’s comfort and health are our top priority, which is why our team of dentists and hygienists accepts pediatric patients and can make this environment as calm and comfortable as possible. You can contact us to learn more about our procedures. We can discuss fluoride treatments, nutrition that promotes good oral health care for kids, treatment for dental emergencies (such as fractured or knocked-out teeth), and more.
For additional information on pediatric dentistry services in Toronto or overall dental care for children, you can visit our website to book a dental appointment/dental visit. You can also call us at 416-962-4022 or send us an email at [email protected].