As kids grow older, regular visits to the dentist will encourage an awareness of proper dental hygiene, the link between diet and cavities, and injury prevention. Nothing is more precious to you than your child’s smile; it is important to give it the right start.
What should you look for in a kids’ dentist?
When looking for a dentist for your children, here are a few factors to consider:
- Experience: How much experience does your dentist have treating children?
- Clinic waiting room: Does the clinic have toys or books for kids? Appointments can go more smoothly when any time spent waiting is filled with enjoyable diversions.
- Dental treatment rooms: Does the clinic have ceiling-mounted televisions with a range of programming for children? Being able to watch their favourite cartoons during an appointment can help children to relax during their treatment.
- Compatibility: Sometimes the best measure of whether a dentist is right for your children is just whether they get along together.
The goal of our dentist, hygienists, and office staff is to make your child’s experience as positive as possible to ensure that every child we treat grows up with a healthy smile and the education they need to maintain good oral health and prevent disease.
Children’s Dentistry at Bathurst Centre Dental Care
At Bathurst Centre Dental Care, we know that your child’s teeth are important to you, and we are as committed to their total health as you are! Infants, children, and teens all require different education and care to promote oral health and avoid future dental problems. It is never too early to pave the way for a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums for your family; every stage of life presents new challenges.
At Bathurst Centre Dental Care, we provide:
- Preventative treatment, as well as tips on teething and brushing for babies and infants
- Orthodontic assessments, custom-fitted sports mouth guards, and emergency care for kids
- Reinforcement of good oral hygiene and cosmetic consultations for teens and young adults
- A ceiling-mounted TV with Netflix Kids, so your children can watch their favourite shows to help them relax during treatment
Our team of certified professionals will ensure your child has a positive dental experience to set them on the path to great dental health!
At what age should I take my child to the dentist?
The Canadian Dental Association recommends to have your baby’s first visit to the dentist within six months of the eruption of the first tooth or by one year of age. Your child’s first visit is our first opportunity to screen for cavities and other potential problems. We can also give your tips on your baby’s daily mouth care and good feeding habits, and answer any questions you may have. Starting early is important to nurturing a positive experience with your child’s dentist in years to come.
Preparing for Your Child’s First Visit to the Dentist
Our priority at Bathurst Centre Dental Care is to forge with your child a lifelong commitment to oral health. Their first visit is our first opportunity to screen for cavities and other potential problems. We can also give your tips on how to care for your baby’s teeth and answer any questions you may have. Starting early is important to nurturing a positive experience with the dentist in years to come.
To prepare your child for his or her first visit, try playing the “kids dentist.” Count your child’s teeth, and have them count yours. Explain that the dentist might take some pictures of their teeth with a special camera. A great way to introduce your baby to the office environment is to take your child along with an older sibling or friend when they go for a routine check-up. The most important thing is to treat the appointment as routine. This prepares your baby for what should become a lifelong habit.
At Bathurst Centre Dental Care, all of our rooms are equipped with ceiling-mounted TVs. Kids can pick their favourite shows on Netflix while having their work done. At the end of each appointment, they also get to pick a prize for a job well done. We also offer optional laughing gas (nitrous oxide) treatment to help make your child more comfortable during treatment.