Pediatric Dentistry in Calgary
Parents and guardians with young children often wonder when they should bring their child to see a dentist for their first appointment. At Inglewood Family Dental, we recommend that all children should be seen for their first visit by their first birthday. Schedule a free pediatric dentistry consultation for your child today!
When children see a dentist on a regular basis starting from a young age, proper oral habits are developed, and the emphasis on preventive care helps to reduce the instance of tooth decay and infection. The Canadian Dental Association recommends the assessment of infants, by a dentist, within 6 months of the eruption of the first tooth or by one year of age. The goal is to have your child visit the dentist before there is a problem with his or her teeth. In most cases, a dental exam every six months will let your child’s dentist catch small problems early. Children who visit the dentist from an early age also tend to have better dental experience and are less likely to have dental anxiety as they get older.
While we are able to treat every member of your family at Inglewood Family Dental, we also provide pediatric dentistry for children from infants into the teen years. This allows us to focus on the unique needs of young teeth and provides comprehensive care that goes the extra mile, sometimes making it much easier for children who are visiting the dentist for the first time.
What is Pediatric Dentistry?
Pediatric dentistry focuses on treating children and children with special needs, specific early dental care like fluoride treatments and dental sealants, how to exam infants, and even nutritional counseling for better dental health.
Pediatric dentistry also addresses issues like space management after a premature loss of a baby tooth as well as working with your child to discourage thumb sucking that can affect dental health and alignment. Loss of a baby tooth early can cause other teeth, including the adult teeth not yet erupted, to shift and cause problems in the mouth, such as chewing. Spacers help maintain the location of the surrounding tooth and allow for natural alignment and eruption. While most kids outgrow thumb sucking, if they do not, your dentist may suggest a mouth appliance that helps deter thumb sucking and help maintain normal dental health.
For first-time parents, pediatric dentistry addresses infant dental care as well as nutritional care to ensure healthy teeth. It is recommended that children see a dentist after the first tooth appears or around their first birthday. While you may not feel baby teeth require much care, these teeth aid in the path and formation of the adult teeth. Learning how to properly care for teeth at a young age helps to ensure a healthy smile into adulthood. Pediatric dentistry may focus on treating young children, but they also help teach parents how to assist their children in good oral hygiene.
Pediatric Dentistry Focuses on Good Oral Hygiene
Our dentists know how important good health and good oral hygiene habits are for growing teeth and it is their job to teach you and your children the best ways to achieve that. They will go over your child’s diet and what foods are good for dental health. They will discuss sealants that can help shut out food particles and help to prevent cavities. They can evaluate your drinking water levels to make sure your child is getting enough fluoride. Our dentists will work with you and your child to make sure they are brushing and flossing their teeth properly. If your child is in sports, they can work with them to create custom mouthguards to help protect the teeth.
What Ages Does Pediatric Dentistry Cover?
Pediatric dentistry includes treating children from infants to teens. They often provide a much friendlier and inviting environment than a traditional dental office, making it easier for children to feel comfortable, especially if this is their first visit to a dentist. A positive dental experience early in life makes children more likely to visit the dentist on a regular basis as they grow older and reach adulthood.
Does My Child Need A Pediatric Dentistry Consultation?
Not all dentists are comfortable treating younger children as kids can be apprehensive or unable to sit still for dental treatment. At Inglewood Family Dental, we love treating children and find it rewarding when we assist in their ongoing oral health. If you are a large family and would like everyone to be seen in the same dental practice, Inglewood Family Dental can accommodate you.
Maintaining Healthy Smiles for LIFE!
Patient education is a priority at Inglewood Family Dental—we always ensure that parents and guardians understand how to keep their kids’ teeth clean, healthy, and cavity-free. A healthy smile starts when children are very young, which is why it is so important for children to visit the dentist early on.
As soon as children’s first teeth begin to emerge, we encourage parents to start brushing and flossing them. This ensures that children become comfortable with the process, setting the course for good dental habits to start early. Bringing children to the dentist early enables us to provide preventive care that will help ward off tooth decay and cavities as well as any other oral health issues.
Sedation Dentistry Can Help Reduce Your Anxiety
Bringing your children to the dentist can be an uneasy experience for both kids and their parents. Inglewood Family Dental offers individualized treatment options for our younger patients, especially those with dental anxiety.
You can trust that our team is trained in working with children to help make their dental experience comfortable. We believe that a compassionate approach to dental care creates a positive experience for children.