At Azarko Dental Group in Edmonton, our dentists and dental team love caring for children and their developing smiles
Our dentists and team provide comprehensive dental care for children in an comforting, cheerful and engaging office environment. When children visit us for an appointment, we make it our mission to help them feel comfortable, and always go at their pace.
It is essential that a child's primary teeth are healthy, because their development sets the stage for permanent teeth.
Infants should be seen by a dentist after the first six months of age, and at least by the child's first birthday. By this time, the baby's first teeth, or primary teeth, are beginning to erupt and it is a critical time to spot any problems before they become big concerns.
At Azarko Dental Group, our services can be tailored to meet your child's oral health needs, and keep their smile healthy and happy.
Visiting the dentist for regular exams and cleanings when your child is young will help preserve the primary (baby) teeth until they are ready to fall out and be replaced by the permanent (adult) teeth.
During each appointment, your dentist or hygienist will also review proper oral hygiene techniques with your child to ensure that their smile is getting the proper care at home.
If your child is at risk of decay, develops a cavity, or is experiencing misalignment issues, your dentist may also recommend restorative treatment options for your child such as dental sealants and fillings.
First-time parents and parents of young children want to know how best to protect their children’s teeth against decay.
Here are some answers to frequently asked questions from the parents of children who visit our practice.
You should schedule an appointment with a children’s dentist in Edmonton after the first six months of age, and at least by the child's first birthday when their primary teeth have begun to grow.
Thumb-sucking is fine for infants and children below the age of four, but it presents a problem once permanent teeth begin to erupt.
At this stage, thumb-sucking can push teeth out of alignment and cause malformations to the roof of your child’s mouth.
It can also affect the position of your child’s lower and upper jaw, as well as your child’s speech.
When your child is two or three, you can teach them to brush their own teeth.
Hold your child’s toothbrush at an angle towards their teeth and gums, and move it back and forth with short strokes.
Brush all surfaces of your child’s teeth and then gently brush the tongue. Finish by flossing your child’s teeth daily.
Absolutely. Baby teeth are important to your child’s appearance, speech, and eating ability. They are also less densely mineralized than adult teeth, meaning that they are more prone to damage. Dental hygiene is important in protecting them.
Give your child a sense of having some control over the situation by letting your child pick their own toothbrush and brush their own teeth (though you will still have to brush any missed spots).
It is also a good idea to create a schedule so that your child gets into a routine.
You may also want to brush and floss your own teeth with your child so that your child can see how you do it.
Tooth decay occurs when bacteria use sugar that has been consumed to create acids that dissolve teeth.
To avoid it, put your child to bed with a bottle of water instead of juice or milk and wean your child off of bottles by 14 months.
Limit sweets and encourage your child to brush after eating. Fluoride treatment also prevents tooth decay by strengthening teeth.
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