LifeSmiles Dental Corp offers dental care for every member of the family from 2 to 92 years of age. From braces to dentures, we offer treatments for every need in a relaxed environment, including the highest quality pediatric dental care.
Children’s Dental Services
LifeSmiles Dental wants to make every visit to the dentist fun for your children because their early impressions of their experiences will last for a lifetime. We strive to create a comfortable dental environment that inspires trust! Each operatory offers a complete entertainment system to keep your child's attention while they are in our office.
We have many approaches to your child's dental growth and development and our goal is to head off any potential oral health problems before they occur. With the use of routine check-ups, we can ensure that their teeth and gums stay healthy all through their formative years.
Usually we see your children when they reach 3 years of age, unless you see something that concerns you before that time. At age 3, the first experience is designed to be very easy and fun; we give them a ride in the chair and a prize for being a good helper. We may or may not even look at their teeth. If they are ready and co-operative, we will, but we don't force anything. Usually we find that if children go away with a positive experience, they won't be afraid to let us look next time.
As stated above, our primary goal with children is to use preventive techniques to eliminate problems before they occur. One of the best examples of this is sealing children's teeth. Most of us have fillings on the top surface of our back teeth because the deep grooves of the back teeth are difficult to clean. This part of the mouth is by far the area most susceptible to decay. A sealant fills in the deep grooves, making them easier to clean. Like most things, sealants have changed over the years. In the past we simply painted a plastic covering over the deep grooves of the teeth. The shortcoming with that method is that there usually is already plaque or small areas of decay in the groove of the tooth. The sealant won't stick to those areas and falls out, allowing decay to progress.
To learn more about our family dental practices, or to schedule an appointment for yourself or a member of your family, please contact our office.
Q. Are baby teeth really that important?
A. Primary teeth, also known as baby teeth, not only allow a child to speak clearly and chew naturally, they also create a path for the permanent teeth to erupt when the time comes. So yes, baby teeth are very important.
Q. Can pacifiers and thumb sucking harm my child’s teeth?
A. Thumb sucking and pacifiers typically become problematic only if the practice goes on for an extended period of time. Most children grow out of these behaviours on their own, but if your child is still sucking his or her thumb after the age of 3 you might want to ask your dentist to recommend a mouth appliance.
Q. What should I do if my child has a toothache?
A. Anyone who is suffering from a toothache should see a dentist as soon as possible. If your child is experiencing pain after office hours or at night you can rinse the affected area with warm salt water and place a cold compress on the face. Administer acetaminophen for pain and consult a dentist as soon as you can.
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