Our Kid’s Dental Program
At Sierra Dental, we believe that using sedation (oral, nitrous oxide, or IV) should be a last resort. Our philosophy is to focus on treating our pediatric patients through behaviour management and creating a fun, positive experience.
The team at Sierra Dental believes it is important to relate to your child. Our pediatric dentist have a passion for working with children. The love spending time with them and understand how to motivate and inspire them to clean and care for their teeth 365 days a year, not just when they visit the dentist’s office.
We also work with parents to notice and become more aware of their child’s developmental changes. This helps parents understand habits that may create adverse health effects for their children as they grow. Our practice is based on the belief that making things fun while empowering kids to create a habit of morning and evening homecare is one of the first steps towards a lifetime of oral and overall wellness.
The Benefits of Proper Dental Care for Kids
Looking after your children’s teeth properly can lead to fewer problems and lower expenses for them in their adulthood. It’s important that your child visits the dentist regularly for a checkup. The sooner any potential problems are discovered, the sooner we can address them. Your child’s overall health is our main concern.
When should my child see the dentist for the first time?
The Canadian Pediatric Association recommends that your child see a dentist as soon as their first tooth erupts, or by the age of one. Your child’s baby teeth should come in by the time your child is two or three years old, with twenty teeth arriving over time. It’s normal for children to experience pain during this time, but it can be distressing for both you and your child. Talk to your dentist about which options are the best to help with this.
When Adult Teeth Begin to Appear
Your child’s first adult teeth will come in by the age of six or seven years. These molars will start appearing in the back of the mouth, behind the baby teeth. This is also the time when your child’s baby teeth will start to fall out. Your child will likely have all of his or her adult teeth by age 12.
The most common problems we see in children are cavities and gum disease. The occurrence and severity of both can be greatly reduced with regular teeth brushing and flossing.
How Your Child’s Diet Impacts Their Teeth
Dental care is an essential part of your child’s overall health, and diet has a huge impact on how healthy their teeth are. A diet rich in vitamins and minerals will help your child to grow strong, healthy teeth. Fruits and vegetables are the best food you can give your children for dental care and so many other health reasons. Drinking water is also important, as is eating cheese and other foods rich in calcium.
We strongly advise you limit how much sugary food your child eats. Candies, cookies, cakes, desserts are all causes of cavities. Children should always brush their teeth after having any of these.
Pop and juice should be limited as well, as these are both full of sugar. Sticky and chewy foods such as syrups, dried fruit, honey, and cereal bars tend to stick to teeth. Hence, children and adults should brush their teeth soon after eating.
We encourage you to book your child’s next appointment and please contact us if you have any more questions.
Evening & Weekend Appointment
We understand that you are busy and don’t always have time to visit a dentist for a routine checkup in the middle of your Monday. That’s why we offer extended hours from 7:00 AM to 8:30 PM Monday through Thursday.
We are also open all throughout the weekend. That’s right, we’re open every day of the week.
Direct Billing To Insurance Plans
To support our clients, we offer direct billing, predeterminations of treatments, and financial arrangements to all our patients to ensure smooth and easy payment transactions.
Payment Plans & Financing Available
We understand that dental services can be an unexpected expense. That’s why we offer flexible payment plans and options to suit our patients’ needs. Speak with one of our dental assistants to learn more.
Frequently Asked Questions
As opposed to adults, children’s mouths and teeth are developing and changing at a rapid rate. Children are also more susceptible to cavities, and x-rays can identify any signs of tooth decay.
During this visit, the dentist or hygienist will go over your child’s health history and address any specific questions or concerns you have pertaining to your child’s overall oral health. Your dentist can also inform you about your child’s oral development, such as teething and future development. They can give you helpful advice on keeping your child’s teeth and mouth healthy, such as dietary tips to prevent cavities.
At your child’s first dental visit, the dentist will show you how to properly clean your child’s teeth, and give advice about what kind of dental routine to follow. Depending on the age and/or state of your child’s teeth, the dentist may perform some cleaning or administer fluoride.
Conscious sedation is used on children that require multiple procedures at once. This type of sedation is also used on children with special needs because it allows them to relax while the dental work is being done. Conscious sedation will not put your child to sleep, although they may become sleepy. They will still be able to respond to voices and have full control over their protective resources. These include:
- Gas (inhaled)
- Pill or syrup (swallowed)
- Shot (injected)
- Intravenously (through the veins)
Oral sedation is another form of dental sedation used for children. This type of sedation is often used on children who require more help when it comes to sitting still. It is also used when a child is extremely anxious about their dental procedure.
General anesthesia will render your child unconscious so that the dentist can safely work on their mouth. Your child will fall into a deep sleep and will feel no pain. General anesthesia is administered in a hospital by an anesthesiologist and is required for larger surgeries like the removal of tonsils. Your child will be monitored when they are under general anesthesia to ensure that no risks are incurred.
There are certain foods you need to make sure your children understand are not good for their teeth. Below are 4 of the worst foods for your kids’ teeth.
- Carbonated beverages and sugary drinks
- Sticky candy
- Dried fruit
- Starchy foods