Pediatric Dentistry This area of dentistry focuses on pediatric/adolescent growth and development, disease causality and prevention, child psychology and management, and all pediatric restorative techniques. All services from cleanings, oral hygiene instruction, pit and fissure sealants, restorations or extractions and orthodontics for children are provided.
We are a family friendly office and cater to all ages and developement. Most children are introduced with their parents to the office and do quite well. They are encouraged to learn about and see the operatory tools and the how and why to care for their teeth. Usually explainations prior to the dental procedure can build trust. If the child is still unable to cooperate the appointment may be rescheduled within the office or referred to a pedodontic dental practice which specializes in treating children through this age period.
It is reccommended that you bring your young child to the office at 2 – 3 years of age for his/her first time with another caretaker while you get your teeth cleaned and examined. This will reinforce the need for dental exams/cleanings as Mom or Dad also get their teeth cleaned and examined. The child may allow the dentist to take a look in the mouth at this visit but do not be disappointed if they do not co-operate. If you have any concerns about your child’s teeth at an earlier age, please do not hesitate to call our office for an appointment.
Home dental care for childen starts in infancy. A clean gauze or soft terry face cloth should be wrapped on your finger and used to wipe the gums on a daily basis. Once teeth erupt (generally at approximately 6 months) a small soft brush should be used to brush the teeth and gums at least twice daily now. Use a minimal amount of toothpaste, less than a baby pea size or smear across the brush. Children’s toothpastes are available which are less spicy, but do be careful that your child is not eating it. Fluoride is a huge benefit for tooth enamel but may upset a child’s stomach if ingested.
Flossing can begin as soon as teeth are present. Lay your child along the couch/bed with his/her head in your lap so you can look down into the mouth and floss. Your should encourage your child to brush and floss by them selves occasionally but ensure you do it more often until they are more proficient at these life skills.
Should your child need specialized orthodontic care (braces), we are able to provide these services at Qualicum Dental from 2 dentists.