Pediatric Dentist Calgary
When it comes to pediatric dentistry, we understand children may have anxiety about visiting the dentist.
At Sierra Dental, we hope to make all visits comfortable, stress-free and fun!
After all, finding a children’s dentist in Calgary who is right for their family can be a daunting task.
It’s understandable for parents to contemplate which dentists will work well with children, or which treatments are right for them.
There are a lot of questions parents have, and our dentists are happy to answer them.
At Sierra Dental, our pediatric dentist and general dentists work with children and their parents to create treatments best-suited for their specific situation and to address any anxieties children or parents have.
Dentistry For Children
Our pediatric dentistry services at Sierra Dental covers a wide area of dental services that suit the unique needs of each individual infant and child.
Our primary focus for a child’s dental health is caring for their baby teeth, tooth development and prevention of any dental diseases including cavities and tooth decay.
From routine cleanings, monitoring developmental changes to educating your child on healthy habits, we are trained to provide effective care to your treat little ones in a variety of situations.
Meet Our Pediatric Dentist – Dr. Amin Salmasi
Dr. Amin Salmasi (or “Dr. Amin”, as his patients call him) strongly believes in taking the time to learn the motivations and mannerisms of each individual child.
We know that a dental appointment can be stressful for both the child and the parent.
While we can’t guarantee that every appointment will be “easy”, we will do everything we can to ensure that your child will be cared for.
We will also ensure that you feel as though their (and your) concerns are being taken seriously and treated appropriately.
The Challenges in Children’s Oral Health
Children are at high risk for cavities and tooth decay development due to improper brushing habits, unbalanced diet and poor food choices.
A child’s first baby tooth will appear within their first year and will usually get all of their baby teeth by the time they are 3 years old.
Though these teeth are temporary, they serve an important role in a child’s oral health.
If you pay great attention to your child’s nutrition habits, this will affect their baby teeth positively and allow your child to chew properly.
Healthy baby teeth will also help with your child’s speech development.
A child has 20 baby teeth total, and adult teeth will start to come in around the age of 6.
While adult teeth develop, baby teeth allow a child to chew, speak and aid in providing the mouth with structure.
If a baby tooth falls out prematurely, adult teeth may become crooked or crowded when they come in.
Children who learn to care for their teeth at an early age will develop healthy dental habits later in life.
This is why it is extremely important to bring your child to the dentist at a young age.
The Role Of A Child’s Diet
Diet plays a major role in a child’s dental health.
By minimizing foods with high sugar content, like soft drinks and candy, children can grow with very few dental issues and may never need to have a cavity filled.
Avoid the following foods to ensure optimal dental health for your child:
- Carbonated beverages and sugary drinks
- Sticky candy
- Dried fruit
- Starchy foods
Cavities and other dental issues associated with children can result in dental pain and difficulty with chewing, playing and speaking.
A Child’s Developmental Changes
Our team at Sierra Dental believes that it is important to relate to your child.
We are well-trained and understand how to motivate and inspire your child to clean and care for their mouths 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.
We focus our practice on creating fun experiences while empowering the kids to create a habit of morning and evening home care.
We believe that educating children on proper dental health is one of the first steps to a lifetime of oral and overall wellness.
When Should My Child Visit The Dentist’s 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.
During your first visit, we will discuss the different options are the best to help with the child’s pain when a new tooth comes in.
We will also discuss your child’s oral health and address any concerns or questions you may have including at-home care for your child’s oral health, developmental changes, healthy diet and habits.
Our Children’s Dentistry Services
Treating a child’s teeth and gums is different than treating adults.
Our pediatric dentist starts by relating to the child, while also providing accurate information and advice to the family about their child’s dental health.
A Happier Dentist Experience
A large part of being effective in children’s dentistry is understanding that we were all children once.
Viewing what a dentist visit is like from a child’s perspective helps determine what may trigger anxiety, as well as what behaviours may lead to dental issues in the future.
We do not believe in chemical solutions for all dental problems, especially when it comes to young children.
This is why we do not use sedation unless absolutely necessary.
Our dentists focus their practice on reinforcing positive experiences and learning each child’s behaviour management to create a pain-free and fun dental visit.
Preventative Dental Care
Good dental habits need to be formed early.
Preventative treatment is key to a child’s dental health and their behaviour outside of the dentist’s office will have a huge impact on the state of their teeth.
Not only will our dentists provide basic services during your first visit, such as teeth cleaning and examination to ensure normal tooth development, but we will also demonstrate important dental practices.
For example, parents and children will learn how to properly clean teeth and learn about the problems of eating too much sugar.
Parents and children should feel welcome to ask questions during their visit, and we always try to make learning a fun experience for everyone.
Contact us online or call 403-297-9600 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to meeting you and your family.
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
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.
- 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.
- Carbonated beverages and sugary drinks
- Sticky candy
- Dried fruit
- Starchy foods