Baby Teeth Myths—Busted!

YOU MIGHT THINK that baby teeth don’t matter because “they’re just going to fall out anyway,” but think again! There are a lot of myths about baby teeth out there, so we’re going to set the record straight: here’s a list of the top four baby teeth myths, BUSTED! Myth #1: Baby Teeth Aren’t Important Although baby teeth eventually fall out, they are extremely important to a child’s developing oral health. Not only do they hold the space for permanent teeth to grow in straight (preventing crowding and crooked teeth), they also help the face structure develop properly and ensure that young children can eat and receive plenty of nutrition. Myth #2: Cavities In Baby Teeth Don’t Matter You might have heard that babies can’t get cavities at all, or that if they do have them, it’s [...]

By | 2017-10-27T02:29:00+00:00 November 13th, 2017|Children, Oral Health|Comments Off on Baby Teeth Myths—Busted!

Don’t Be Fooled By Fruit Juice

EVERY CHILD LOVES sugary treats! But most parents understand how bad they can be for a developing smile. Unfortunately, some sweet things are more deceiving than others. As your trusted dental team, we’re here to make sure your kids can get the nutrients they need to have strong, healthy and beautiful teeth! Fruit Juice Contains A Lot Of Sugar It’s not always easy getting little ones to eat their fruits and veggies. Many parents turn to juice as an alternative to help them get some of the nutrients they need. While there are nutritional benefits to fruit juice, it can also be really hard on teeth. Fruit juice, even if it’s all natural, contains a lot of sugar. What’s worse is that many fruit juices, especially those marketed for children, have added sugar [...]

By | 2017-08-11T23:08:26+00:00 April 17th, 2017|Children, Oral Health|Comments Off on Don’t Be Fooled By Fruit Juice

How To Care For Your Teething Baby

TEETHING IS NO FUN for babies or parents. Some babies’ teeth erupt with no problems at all but for others, it could be a long and painful process. Besides giving your child plenty of tender loving care, here are some things you can do to care for your child’s mouth during the teething phase. Be Aware Of Teething Signs And Symptoms When your little one finally starts teething, it’s normal for them to be fussy and irritable. Common symptoms are difficulty sleeping, decrease in appetite and increased drooling. It’s also normal for their temperature to increase slightly when they’re teething, however, high-grade fevers are not normal. If your child seems overly cranky or has a high fever, call your physician. When teething begins is different for each child. While the average time teeth begin [...]

By | 2017-08-11T23:13:31+00:00 February 14th, 2017|Children|Comments Off on How To Care For Your Teething Baby

February Is Children’s Dental Health Month

THE CDC REPORTS THAT 1 in 5 children (between ages 5 and 11) in the US have untreated tooth decay. Not only should tooth decay be treated in regular dental appointments, it should be prevented! Tooth decay is 100 percent preventable with effective personal care and regular dental cleanings. In honor of Children’s Dental Health Month, we’re spreading the word about children’s dental health. YOU Can Help Little Ones Have Healthier Smiles! Encourage them to brush for two full minutes: Pick a song about two minutes long and sing it to them during brushing time. Set reminders to brush twice a day: Brushing after breakfast and just before bed are the best times for preventing bacteria growth from food. Show them flossing is fun, not harmful: Be gentle at first when doing it for them. A bad experience [...]

By | 2017-08-11T23:19:50+00:00 February 4th, 2017|Children|Comments Off on February Is Children’s Dental Health Month

Preparing For Your Child’s First Dental Visit

SEEING A BABY’S FIRST SMILE is a wonderful moment in a new parent’s life–that little grin leaves a lasting impression! Visiting the dentist early ensures that your child’s smile remains happy and healthy. First Tooth Pop In? Time To Schedule Their Appointment! n 2003, the BC Dental Association launched a campaign recommending children visit the dentist 6 months after their first tooth or at one year of age. Although this may seem early for a first visit, there are many reasons for acquainting your child with a dentist so early in their oral development. The first, and most obvious, is that we are able to monitor the health of their new teeth as they come in. As soon as your little one’s first tooth erupts, he or she can begin to develop [...]

By | 2017-08-11T23:23:12+00:00 February 4th, 2017|Children|Comments Off on Preparing For Your Child’s First Dental Visit

MONSTERS AND GHOSTS AND SUGAR, OH MY!

Wait… sugar? That’s right. The scariest thing you’ll encounter this Halloween may just be sweets. Here are some hair-raising statistics about Halloween candy consumption: Americans purchase around 600 million pounds–or 2 billion dollars worth–of candy each year for Halloween. Kids consume up to 7,000 calories on Halloween and the average trick-or-treater intakes about three cups of sugar. The average child would need to trick-or-treat for over 100 miles to burn off what they eat during Halloween. These statistics may be a bit shocking but what is perhaps even more frightening is how much sugar the average Canadian consumes on a daily basis, not just around October 31st. According to a study done by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, sugar makes up 16 percent of the average child’s daily caloric intake. The American Dental [...]

By | 2017-08-11T23:34:57+00:00 October 14th, 2016|Children, Office news, Oral Health|Comments Off on MONSTERS AND GHOSTS AND SUGAR, OH MY!

Helping Your Kids Learn And Love To Brush Their Teeth

ANY PARENT KNOWS that getting your child to do certain things like eat their veggies, clean their room and even brush their teeth can be difficult. But the reality is that tooth decay is the number one disease affecting young children today. To combat this, kids need to learn and love to brush their teeth early on in their lives. Our goal is to help your children maintain bright, healthy smiles and help them learn early the importance of good oral hygiene. Let’s Catch Up On Some Of The Basics The BCDA recommends your child’s first dental visit be around their first birthday or six months after their first tooth appears. Even before their first too appears you can start cleaning their mouth by wiping their gums with a wet facecloth. Once teeth emerge, you [...]

By | 2017-08-11T23:40:41+00:00 September 9th, 2016|Children, Oral Health|Comments Off on Helping Your Kids Learn And Love To Brush Their Teeth

Your Child’s Baby Teeth Are Important

“DO I NEED TO FIX my child’s baby tooth since it’s going to fall out anyway?” This is a question we get asked a lot as dental professionals. The answer is a resounding YES! Primary, or “baby,” teeth serve an important purpose in your child’s present and future oral health.Baby Teeth Have Three Main FunctionsBesides providing an aesthetic appeal to your child’s smile and boosting their self-esteem, primary teeth have three main functions:They aid in proper chewing, fostering good nutritionThey promote proper speech developmentThey reserve a space for permanent teeth to grow inIf a primary tooth falls out or must be removed before its time due to decay, the surrounding teeth may shift into the gap, causing dental crowding and future orthodontic problems. In some cases, untreated infections in baby teeth can even affect the developing permanent teeth.Taking [...]

By | 2017-08-13T15:15:55+00:00 July 14th, 2016|Children|Comments Off on Your Child’s Baby Teeth Are Important

How Breastfeeding Affects Your Child’s Oral Health

CHOOSING TO BREASTFEED a child is a personal and special decision for a mother. Not only does nursing provide a valuable bonding experience for mother and baby, it also has many health benefits, such as decreasing the child’s risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) and lowering the chances of mom developing breast and ovarian cancer. But what effect can breastfeeding have on baby’s oral health and development? Breastfeeding Aids in Bite Alignment You may not have known that the sucking mechanisms are different for bottle-fed and breastfed babies. Breastfeeding stimulates muscle tone in the jaw because it requires the use of the jaw muscles more so than bottle-feeding. A study published in “Pediatrics” also showed that babies who were exclusively breastfed for six months were 72 percent less likely to have [...]

By | 2017-08-13T15:28:59+00:00 June 2nd, 2016|Children, Oral Health|Comments Off on How Breastfeeding Affects Your Child’s Oral Health

Happy Halloween

  Its that time of year again, our annual Sweet Swap; bring us your leftover candy for a chance to win an iPad Mini! We want everyone to have a happy, safe Halloween and enjoy your candy but we don’t want to be feeding those “sugar bugs” for weeks to come. Sugar bugs is the term we use for the bacteria (streptococus mutans) that lives in your mouth and uses carbohydrates to produce the acid which causes cavities. Sugar bugs prefer simple carbohydrates like sugar as they break down easier but they can use any kind of carbohydrate as fuel. Your teeth are most affected not by total amount of sugar you eat but by the frequency and timing that you consume sugar. As an exaggerated example, it would be [...]

By | 2015-10-30T09:25:35+00:00 October 30th, 2015|Children, Office news|Comments Off on Happy Halloween