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Dental Care for Your Entire Family

Bayview Dental Centre in Steveston

Children and families are a big part of our practice here at Bayview Dental Centre. We incorporate fun and playful techniques to get children interested in oral health care. Most of our "young" patients leave our Steveston dental office feeling like they want to come back for more fun!

Getting an early start on dental care is important, so that your child will learn that visiting the dentist is a regular part of healthy oral health. 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 North 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 dental 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 teeth last a lifetime.

First Visit to the Dentist

It is essential to make the first visit to the dentist a positive and fun experience for your child, so it is recommended to visit before a problem develops. 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 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, by making brushing and flossing a regular part of their daily routine.

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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: when your child reaches the age of 3, teach them 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 then, 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.
Bayview Dental Centre in Steveston
Bayview Dental Centre in Steveston

Frequently Asked Questions - Dental Services for Children

What happens when my child visits the dentist for the first time?

Depending on your child’s age, our team’s approach is catered to each child’s personality and stage of development. For example, we may examine a child sitting on his/her parent’s lap; while those able to sit on their own can even get their teeth counted and “brushed”! Our team will go over oral hygiene, diet, and habits with parents. Remember, prevention is key, even to our younger patients!

My child is getting a filling. Should I tell him or her what to expect or leave that to the dental staff?

You know your child best and it is always helpful when parents engage in their children’s health care. However, if you feel that you might give your child undue stress, we can help. We are confident that your child will not associate dentistry with pain or needles after his or her first filling appointment, so avoid words like that. Leave it to us. Just say, “Let’s catch those sugar bugs tomorrow.” Tell them it’s so wonderful that they are doing something to help their teeth get healthy and happy.

Frequently Asked Questions - Dental Services during Pregnancy

If I am pregnant, do I need to see a dentist?

Pregnancy can predispose women to gum disease. It is very important to keep up with your flossing and brushing, but also to still visit your dentist while expecting. Bayview Dental Centre sees many young and growing families in Steveston, we know your needs and will make your visit as convenient and pleasant as possible.

Is it true I will lose a tooth for every child that I have?

This myth perpetuates that the unborn child will suck the calcium out of the mother's teeth, and she will lose a tooth. As a matter of fact, calcium is absorbed from the mother's bones and not her teeth. Because of this, the mother requires a sufficient supply of calcium. With a proper diet, daily brushing and flossing, and regular dental examinations, the mother does not have to worry about this myth.