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Dental Care for Kids

Bayview Dental Centre in Steveston
Healthy Smile for a Healthy Lifestyle

Getting an early start on dental care is important, so that your child will learn that visiting the dentist is a regular part of health care. At Bayview Dental Centre, we become an important part of your child's dental routine by educating him/her on the good oral hygiene practice for a healthy smile. According to research, the most common chronic childhood disease in America is tooth decay. Tooth decay is a soft decayed area in a tooth which is caused by bacteria that feed on the sugar from foods you eat, and produce acid that harm your teeth. All foods and drinks, except water, can potentially contribute to tooth decay.

Early treatment prevents problems that may affect your child’s health, emotional well-being, self-image and overall achievement. Along with the Canadian and American Academies of Pediatric Dentistry, our dental professionals at Bayview Dental Centre recommend that a child’s first dental visit be scheduled by his or her first birthday. Regular visits to the dentist combined with daily brushing and flossing plus a healthy diet should help your teeth last a lifetime.

First Visit to the Dentist

It is essential to make the first visit to the dentist a positive experience for your child, so it is recommended to visit before a problem develops. At our dental office in Steveston, we will do a thorough check on tooth eruption, decay, jaw growth, and discuss with you your child’s oral hygiene practice and diet.

Establish a Good Oral Hygiene at Home

Be sure to get an early start on regular dental care at home and to build habits that will protect your child’s teeth and lay the foundation for future health. Parents are responsible for ensuring that their children practice good dental hygiene.

Oral Hygiene Tips for Infants:
  • Thoroughly clean your infant’s gums after each feeding with a water-soaked infant cloth. This stimulates the gum tissue and removes food.
  • If your baby sleeps with a bottle or sippy cup at naptime or bedtime, fill it with water only
  • Lift your baby's lip and watch for changes in colour, lines or spots on your child's teeth as these may be signs of potential problems.
Oral Hygiene Tips for Children:
  • Brushing: teach your child by age 3 about proper brushing techniques with a small, soft-bristled toothbrush and a small amount of fluoridated toothpaste. Children don’t really have the dexterity to brush properly until age 7 or 8, but it’s important that they love brushing and caring for their own teeth. So before that time, it is entirely the parents’ responsibility to ensure the teeth are cleaned properly.
  • Flossing: as soon as baby molars finish erupting(by age 2), you should start flossing them with a floss pick(a small handle with a small piece of floss attached)
  • Brush twice a day, floss once a day.
  • Visit the dentist every 6 months to check for cavities in the primary teeth and for possible developmental problems.
  • Almost all communities in BC do not have fluoride in water, including Richmond. If you are not using fluoridated toothpaste for your child, discuss the need of supplement options with your dentist. It should be noted that not all children are candidates for fluoride supplements, and with a well-balanced diet and low sugar intake, most children do well without fluoride supplements.
  • Thumb sucking and pencil biting habits could potentially lead to occlusion problems. Be sure to notify your dentist of such behaviour.
  • Ask your dentist about sealant applications to protect the chewing surfaces of tooth surfaces.
  • Avoid carbonated and sweetened drinks as they will cause significant breakdown of the tooth structure.