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 treatment to help make your child more comfortable during treatment.
The information provided below does not constitute dental advice and is general in nature. It does not take into account your personal dental health and should not be acted on without consultation with a certified dental professional.
Bathurst Centre Dental Care accepts no liability for any loss or injury arising out of the use of this website or reliance on the content of this website.
Hello, are you accepting new child patients? I have a 3.5 year old that Id like to have see a dentist for the first time. I am not sure he will allow a stranger to do anything in his mouth so I am not sure how it will go. I am also wondering if you respect parents decisions to not use fluoride on their childrens teeth and have a parent present at all times with their child during visits?
Hi Stephanie, we are accepting new patients of all ages. We see children as young as 1 year old. We actually prefer having a parent in the room with the kids at your son’s age, and we absolutely understand and respect parents’ decisions regarding fluoride. Please contact us at either 905-707-8008 or via email at [email protected] for the appointment. We look forward to seeing you and your family.
Hi. I have two sons, ages 10 and 7. My oldest has white spots on some of his adult teeth, specifically his two upper front teeth and first adult molars. My youngest has one hypoplastic molar in his adult molars. As his front adult upper teeth emerge, at least one is already showing white spots. What causes this? I have been extremely conservative about the use of fluoride and antibiotics. Where we live, the water is not fluoridated. How possible is it that both of them have this from a virus or mouth trauma?
Hi Karen, white spots (also known as hypoplasia) on one or two adult teeth is relatively common, although most of the time it’s difficult to identify the exact cause. Both environmental and hereditary factors could be at play. Fluorosis is a common culprit, although it sounds unlikely in your children’s case. The most current recommendation for preschoolers is to use only a pea-sized amount of toothpaste with fluoride and to make sure they spit out the toothpaste and do not swallow it. Hypoplasia can also be caused by local infection from baby tooth decay or trauma to the mouth during the development of permanent teeth (such as a hard bump on a table corner, biting into a fork too hard, rough play with siblings, a sports injury, etc.). Other factors include viral infection while calcification of the teeth is still occurring. Most of the time, it’s really hard to pinpoint a specific event or cause for the white spots. If you’re concerned about them, I would encourage you to make an appointment to see your dentist.
Hello, my son is 8 years old but he still hasn’t lost a single baby tooth, but my 2 daughters started losing their teeth when they were 6.i talked to my mom about this and she believes that my son drinks too much milk which makes his teeth stronger and harder for the baby teeth to fall out. Why hasn’t my son lost a tooth at age 8?and is what my mom believes true? Also… What do u recommend i do?
Hi Rea, there is no evidence that suggests drinking more milk causes baby teeth to take longer to fall out. However, studies such as the one listed below have shown that “eruption time in females tends to be earlier than those of the same teeth in males.”
If you are really worried, a dentist visit with a dental x-ray will help to estimate how much longer before the permanent teeth come in. If your son has not seen a dentist for a checkup and cleaning yet, it would be a good time to book an appointment.
Hello, my son is 6 months and his first two bottom teeth has come out of his gums. He had a tongue tie at birth and it was released however we’re unsure if it was fully released. Are you able to diagnose for infants whether a tongue tie has been fully released and/or treat it if it still impeding his feeding? Also, when is optimal for us to start bring him to the dentist?
Hi Marisa, it is possible to check if a previous tongue tie release was successful for a 6 month infant. However, with the introduction of solid food, redoing the tongue tie release to improve breastfeeding may not be as necessary at this time.
The Canadian Dental Association recommends having your baby’s first visit to the dentist within six months of the eruption of the first tooth or by one year of age.