Dr. Townshend, Dr. Albert, Dr. Khouri, and the entire Hammond Dental Centre team understand that as a parent, you take on much of the responsibility when it comes to your child’s oral hygiene.
You want them to develop good brushing and flossing habits that will last them a lifetime, and you want their teeth and gums to stay healthy.
We want even the littlest patients to learn about the importance of good dental health. We also believe that when kids have this knowledge, they are more likely to be active participants in their daily brushing and flossing.
Talk to your child about brushing and flossing, and why it’s important to keep your teeth strong and healthy. Explain how sugar can stick to your teeth if it isn’t brushed away.
Demonstrate proper technique by brushing and flossing in front of them, and help them learn to do it themselves.
Maintain light, relaxed conversations about dental visits. Even if coming to the dentist isn’t your favourite activity, keep all comments breezy positive in front of your child. They need to see that going to Dr. Townshend, Dr. Albert or Dr. Khouri is nothing to fear.
Our Kids Zone section educates our young patients about the basics of dental hygiene, keeping it fun and cheerful. The Kids Zone includes videos, games and colouring pages that are exciting and interactive.
Q: I often hear my child grinding their teeth, and I’m afraid they’re damaging them. Should they be fitted for a bite appliance?
Q: My baby is almost one year old. When should she come in to Hammond Dental Centre for her first dental visit?
A: We usually recommend a child comes in for their first dental visit when they are old enough to sit in the chair and open their mouth without too much fuss — usually around their second birthday. If you’re not sure if your child should come in for a visit, just contact the practice.
Q: I’m terribly afraid of going to the dentist. How do I prevent my children from being afraid, too?
A: It’s important that you try not to pass your fear of the dentist along to your children. Maintain light, relaxed conversations about dental visits. Keep all comments breezy positive in front of your child. They need to see going to the dentist as a fun new experience — not something to fear or dread.
Q: My eight-month-old baby has three teeth, but I feel silly brushing them. Can babies get cavities?
A: Babies can absolutely get cavities, and it’s often referred to as “baby bottle rot.” Sugars from milk and juice settle on their teeth and can begin to cause decay. Since babies often drink slowly — a few sips here and there, all day — we recommend that parents encourage their baby or toddler to finish a drink within 20 minutes. Then the parents should wipe their baby’s teeth and gums to clean them, using a soft infant toothbrush or a wet washcloth. Do not put your baby to bed with a bottle of milk or juice.