Your child’s early experiences at the dentist can help shape the future of his or her oral health. If you’re looking for a caring, compassionate dentist in Summerland, BC who caters to children, look no further than Summerland Dental Centre. We’re pleased to offer comprehensive children’s dentistry in a warm, comfortable office setting.
A FOCUS ON PATIENT EDUCATION
At Summerland Dental Centre, we believe that a big part of children’s dentistry involves teaching patients how to properly care for their teeth. Many children learn their most important oral hygiene habits by visiting our practice, including:
- How to avoid tooth decay
But Summerland Dental Centre does more than just teach children about proper oral care. Our team of dedicated dental professionals goes the extra mile to provide thorough treatment when our patients need it the most.
Baby (or Primary) teeth are important as they not only hold space for permanent teeth, but they are important to chewing, biting, speech and appearance. Like adults, these are critical factors for a childs’ self-esteem and confidence. For this reason it is important to maintain a healthy diet and daily hygiene.
The first baby teeth that come into the mouth are the two bottom front teeth. You will notice this when your baby is about six to eight months old. Next to follow will be the four 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 two – two and a half years old. Between two and three years old, your child should have all 20 teeth. Between the ages of five and six, the first permanent teeth will begin to erupt. Some of the permanent teeth replace baby teeth and some don’t. Don’t worry if some teeth are a few months early or late.
Your child’s first visit
The first “regular” dental visit should occur sometime between the child’s second and third birthdays. The first dental visit is usually short, involves very little treatment and is meant to be a fun experience. We may ask the parent to sit in the dental chair and hold their child during the first examination for very small children. As the child gains experience, we may ask the parents to wait in the reception area so a trusting relationship can develop between your child and the dental team.
We will gently examine your child’s teeth and gums. If possible, x-rays may be taken (to reveal decay and check on the progress of your child’s permanent teeth under the gums). We may clean your child’s teeth and apply topical fluoride to help protect the teeth against decay. We will also review with you how to clean and care for your child’s teeth, and discuss the importance of fluoride at home.
The first visit to the dentist should create a fun memory and help the child have a positive attitude about going to the dentist. Of course, the child gets to choose a toy from the infamous Summerland Dental Toy Cupboard!
Some first visit tips:
- Take your child for a “preview” or online tour of the office.
- 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.