Checkup & Cleaning
We like to see your child on a regular basis for a check-up and cleaning (every 4-6-months). During a typical visit with our dentist, we do a thorough exam to assess the health of your child's teeth, gums, and mouth. We may take x-rays to check for cavities, clean and polish their teeth, and apply fluoride for cavity prevention. Before you leave, we will discuss and reinforce proper oral hygiene practice at home.
Typically, small cavities, or cavities on their front teeth, are fixed with a white composite filling, and big cavities on their back teeth and molars are fixed with stainless steel caps. Caps are used for larger cavities to help protect teeth from further issues, especially if they are permanent teeth. We recommend cleaning your child's teeth after every snack and meal to prevent the need for a dental filling.
Does your child play a contact sport? To keep their teeth, gums, and smile protected, a custom-fit mouth guard would be a great place to start. The guards we use are form-fitting and come in a variety of colours.
Children tend to be more care-free, and care-less, than grown-ups. We understand that accidents happen, and when they do, we are here to help your child. If your child has a dental emergency or dental trauma, call us immediately. We will fit you into our schedule as soon as possible.
Sealants are a protective coating placed on the grooves of teeth (typically molars that are 6-years or older) to help prevent cavities. The sealant blocks food particles from getting trapped in pits and grooves of your child's teeth. The procedure is simple and non-invasive.
Baby teeth serve many important roles before they fall out, and one of their jobs is to hold the space for their adult teeth. When a baby tooth is lost early, we may need an appliance or “spacer” to ensure there will be enough room for their adult teeth to properly erupt.