Port Moody, BC’s Dental Clinic for Children
At Rocky Point Dental, we’re happy to provide pediatric dental care for children of all ages. We’ll help your children understand the importance of regular brushing and flossing while providing thorough diagnostic exams to spot any dental issues that may arise. We strive to offer comforting and friendly dental care that will ensure your kids feel at ease and we emphasis preventive care, orthodontics. Be sure to read our frequently asked questions below and schedule an appointment for your kids today.
What should I use to clean my baby’s teeth?
The best time to start brushing your baby’s teeth is before he or she has any. Develop the habit of wiping your baby’s gums with a wet, soft washcloth or gauze every day. When your child’s teeth begin to come in, you will need to switch from a cloth to a baby toothbrush. You don’t need to use any toothpaste until your child is about a year old. You’ll want to use just a tiny amount—about the size of a grain of rice. When your toddler is about two years old, you can use a pea-sized amount. When your child reaches approximately age six, they will be ready for an oral mouthwash and to start brushing their own teeth.
When should I take my child to the dentist for the first checkup?
Typically, you should take your child to their first dental visit when their first tooth appears or no later than their first birthday. What is the difference between a pediatric dentist and a family dentist? A pediatric dentist specializes in the oral health of children and their developmental tooth growth. Pediatric dentists generally focus on children that range from infants to adolescents and children with special oral health care needs.
Are baby teeth really that important to my child?
Baby teeth are a very important part of early child development. They prepare a child’s mouth by establishing a healthy place for permanent teeth to grow. Most children retain their baby teeth until around age 12. Creating healthy oral care habits in your children will help ensure they care for their adult teeth in the same fashion.
What should I do if my child has a toothache?
Toothaches can be caused by several factors. Often, its simply some food caught between their teeth, but it may also be a sign of a cavity or a damaged tooth. The first step is to floss your child’s teeth and remove anything that might have been trapped in between the teeth. If the pain persists, children’s Advil or Tylenol may be administered, but at this point, a dental checkup at our clinic would also be in order. Contact us now to schedule an appointment.
Are thumb sucking and pacifier habits harmful to a child’s teeth?
Thumb sucking and pacifier use come naturally to small children and infants and are a way for them to self-soothe and provide a sense of security. Thumb sucking and pacifier habits are only problematic if they last for a long time. Children often stop thumb sucking on their own between the ages of two and four. After that time, you’ll want to encourage them to quit as constant thumb sucking can lead to misaligned teeth and other oral problems.
How can I prevent oral decay caused by nursing?
To prevent decay caused by nursing, wipe your baby’s gums with a gauze pad or cloth, ensuring that the cloth is clean and a little wet. You can also use a soft infant toothbrush if you choose. This should be done after each time the baby eats and before the baby goes to sleep.
How often does my child need to see the pediatric dentist?
Children should be seen by their dentist every 6 months. This helps to prevent cavities and ensures their overall oral health is normal.
When should we start using toothpaste and how much?
Once your child has reached a year and has grown in their first baby tooth, you can start using children’s toothpaste. Only a small amount is needed at first, about the size of a grain of rice, but as they grow, the quantity will grow as well—up to a pea-sized amount. Once they reach age five, they will be able to administer their own amounts.
How do I make my child’s diet safe for his or her teeth?
The first thing you can do is ensure your child avoids too much refined sugary foods and sticky sweets (like suckers, candy, or gum). Keeping their diet healthy is also important. Food that contains natural protein, grains, fruits, and vegetables is advisable. Healthy snacks can include raw veggies and hummus. Of course, daily brushing and flossing will also help keep their teeth and gums healthy.
How do dental sealants work?
Dental sealants are thin, plastic coatings that are applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. They protect the vulnerable spots on a tooth that are hard to clean. They’re applied like a polish, and they quickly dry and form a protective layer around the tooth that will shield it from bacteria for years at a time.
How do I know if my child is getting enough fluoride?
Fluoride is an important part of your child’s dental development. While their toothpaste will contain fluoride, oftentimes its necessary to have fluoride treatments applied while they mature. We can ascertain if your child needs extra fluoride care and ensure their smile is healthy and vibrant. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.
What can I do to protect my child’s teeth during sporting events?
Purchasing a mouthguard for your child is the best way to ensure their teeth are protected during a sporting event. Stock mouth guards are one size fits all and can be easily purchased from any store. Boil and bite mouthguards can be adjusted after boiling in hot water and can be purchased at sporting goods stores. Finally, custom mouth guards are available through our office and offer the highest level of protection and comfort. Contact us today for more information.
What should I do if my child falls and knocks out a permanent tooth?
If your child has suffered a tooth loss due to injury, keep calm and retrieve the tooth if possible. Rinse the tooth in clean cold water or milk and try to place it back into the gum socket. Use a cold compress on the mouth and call us immediately. We will have you see our emergency dental team as quickly as possible.
How safe are dental X-rays?
With today’s technology, dental X-rays are very safe. A lead apron will be placed on your child during the X-ray process to ensure only the targeted area is exposed to the small amount of radiation needed to create a clear image. Dental X-rays contain 0.3 mRem of radiation. This is equal to the amount of natural radiation exposure you receive in half a day from the sun.
How can parents help prevent tooth decay?
The best way to help your children prevent tooth decay is to encourage lifelong healthy dental habits. By having your children visit the dentist often, they’ll learn to feel comfortable with the cleaning process. Nightly brushing and brushing and flossing after meals are also important habits to instill in them. Finally, offering them healthy snacks that contain little to no refined sugars will keep their oral health in check.
What is the best toothbrush for kids ages 9 to 13? Do you recommend the Sonic?
Picking the right toothbrush for your kids is important, not only for keeping away dental decay but to encourage healthy oral care habits as they mature. For kids ages 9 to 13, toothbrushes that are comfortable in their hands, have varied bristles, and can reach back molars are very important. Sonic toothbrushes are one option that can greatly enhance your child’s ability to brush effectively.
They allow for efficient plaque removal, and many brands will appeal to your kids. Contact our office for more information.