Whether your children have been attending a dentist regularly or if it is their first appointment we will ensure the best experience.
Their first visit to Oasispark Dental is fundamentally important, as it forms the basis of our relationship. We work together with parents and guardians to obtain important information needed to provide excellent comprehensive dental care for your child. We strive to make this experience fun and relaxing for everyone.
At the first visit, your child will be shown all the equipment, including Mr. Thirsty (our suction tip), our water and air shooter. They will also take a ride up and down in the dental chair. We have a TV or your child can bring their own movie.
Each child will start to learn about sugar bugs, how to floss and brush properly. Parents are invited to become partners in educating their little ones about dental care and reinforcing positive dental practices.
At the end of the visit, kids pick out a prize from our ‘Treasure Chest’ to reward them for their good behaviour.
Do I stay with my child during the visit
We invite you to stay with your child during the initial examination. During future appointments, we suggest you allow your child to be in the room by him/herself whenever possible. We can usually establish a closer rapport with your child when you are not present. Our purpose is to gain your child’s confidence and overcome apprehension. However, if you choose, you may come with your child to the treatment room.
To ensure great experience for all patients at the practice, other children who are not being treated should remain in the playroom or in the reception area with a supervising adult. We offer complimentary child care if arranged in advance.
Establishing a “Dental Home”
Children who have a dental home are more likely to receive appropriate preventive and routine oral health care. The dental home is the ongoing relationship between the dentist and the patient, inclusive of all aspects of oral health care delivered in a comprehensive, continuously accessible, coordinated, and family-centered way. You can make the first visit to our dentist enjoyable and positive.
If old enough, your child should be informed of the visit and told that our dentist and our Patient Care Specialists will explain all procedures and answer any questions. It is best if you refrain from using words around your child that might cause unnecessary fear, such as needle, pull, drill or hurt. We strive to make a practice of using words that convey the same message, but are pleasant and non-frightening to the child.
Permanent teeth begin appearing around age 6, starting with the first molars and lower central incisors. By age 4 or 5, children should be able to brush their own teeth twice a day with supervision until about age seven to make sure they are doing a thorough job. However, each child is different. Our dentist can help you determine whether the child has the skill level to brush properly.
Healthy Eating Habits = Healthy Teeth
Like the rest of the body, the teeth, bones and the soft tissues of the mouth need a well-balanced diet. Your child should eat a variety of foods from the five major food groups. Many of the snacks that toddlers eat can lead to cavity formation. The more frequently a child snacks, the greater the chance for tooth decay. How long food remains in the mouth plays an important role as well. For example, hard candy and breath mints stay in the mouth a long time, which cause longer acid attacks on tooth enamel. So, when choosing snacks for your child, choose nutritious foods such as low-fat yogurt, low-fat cheese and vegetables, which are healthier and better for your child’s teeth.
Why Are Primary Teeth So Important
It is very important to maintain the health of the primary teeth. Neglected cavities frequently lead to problems which affect developing permanent teeth. Primary teeth, or baby teeth are important for:
- Providing space for the permanent teeth and guiding them into the correct position.
- Proper chewing and eating.
- Permitting normal development of the jaw bones and muscles.
Primary teeth also affect the development of speech and add to an attractive appearance. While the front 4 teeth last until 6-7 years of age, the back teeth (bicuspids and molars) are not replaced until age 10-13.
Good oral hygiene removes bacteria and the leftover food particles that combine to create cavities. Ensure that your children brush their teeth at least twice a day. Also, watch the number of snacks containing sugar that you give them.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends visits every six months to the dentist. Routine visits will start your child on a lifetime of good dental health.
Fluoride is an element which has been shown to be beneficial to teeth. However, too little or too much fluoride can be detrimental to the teeth. Little or no fluoride will not strengthen the teeth to help them resist cavities. Excessive fluoride ingestion by preschool-aged children can lead to dental fluorosis, which is a chalky white to even brown discoloration of the permanent teeth. Many children often get more fluoride than their parents realize. Being aware of a child’s potential sources of fluoride can help parents prevent the possibility of dental fluorosis.
Some of these sources are:
- Too much fluoridated toothpaste at an early age.
- The inappropriate use of fluoride supplements.
- Hidden sources of fluoride in the child’s diet.