Dental Care: Oral Hygiene | Surrey + White Rock Pediatric Dentist
Children’s teeth require special dental care. Here are some helpful guidelines from Playtime Pediatric Dentistry to ensure a healthy smile.
As soon as teeth erupt, they need to be brushed with a real toothbrush with bristles. It would be best if you scrubbed teeth with moderate pressure. Many babies do not like having their teeth brushed and take time to get used to the routine. If you are having difficulty, see us, and we can give you advice.
Until your child has adequate manual dexterity (for example, the ability to tie shoelaces by themselves), you need to help them with brushing. 2 is the magic number. Brush 2 times a day and 2 minutes each time.
We recommend that all children in B.C. use fluoridated toothpaste. This is because tap water in B.C. is not fluoridated. Fluoride makes teeth more resistant to cavities and stops cavity-causing bacteria. All toothpaste brands make good toothpaste. Many organic all-natural toothpaste companies also offer anti-cavity toothpaste with fluoride.
If you are not comfortable with fluoride, our office offers MI paste, which strengthens teeth with calcium and phosphate. This is the next best alternative to fluoridated toothpaste for making teeth stronger.
Flossing is the only way to remove dental plaque accumulated between two teeth. As soon as two teeth touch, they should be flossed once a day. It is important to establish a good oral hygiene routine early. Your child will require supervision until they have enough dexterity about 8 years of age.
You can start by using flosser sticks and gradually move on to regular floss string. The regular floss string is better at removing plaque compared to a pre-threaded flosser or floss holder. If you have any difficulties flossing your child’s teeth, talk to Dr. Ella for tips and advice.
Playtime Pediatric Dentistry | Dental Care: Diet | Vancouver + South Surrey Pediatric Dentist
From infancy throughout your child’s life, the diet has a direct impact on oral health. Some helpful information:
Breastfeeding is perfect for your child. Exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of a baby’s life is shown to be very beneficial. After age one, we recommend stopping night-time breastfeeding and on-demand breastfeeding to prevent baby teeth cavities. Many toddlers demand breastfeeding for comfort, not for nutrition. Prolonged exposure to breast milk for comfort can cause cavities on baby teeth. You can continue to breastfeed your child for nutrition at a scheduled time that works for you and your baby.
Your child no longer needs a bottle or soother after the age of one. Around age one, please encourage them to drink from a cup. If the bottle habit is not intervened in time, children get attached to the bottle, and it becomes more difficult to break the habit. During the transition period, it is important to put only water in the bottle to prevent cavities on the front teeth.
We offer a soother exchange program to help your child. Your child gives us the soothers, and we award the child with a certificate and prize.
We recommend your child only drink water and milk. Avoid juice, yogurt drinks, pop, and energy drinks since they are high in acidity and sugar. Avoid food high in simple carbohydrates such as crackers, chips, cookies, and fruit snacks.
Sweets and treats are acceptable only for special occasions such as birthday parties and Halloween.
We recommend fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, and cheese for snacks as they have fibers to cleanse the teeth and nutrients to make teeth stronger.
School Visits and Clinic Tours | Serving Vancouver + South Surrey
Making dental health a fun part of your children’s education
Playtime Pediatric Dentistry is committed to providing dental education and proud to offer school visits and clinic tours as a way of giving back to the community. Dr. Ella Choi and her team would be happy to come to your daycare or school to meet your children. The visit consists of fun educational activities, including oral hygiene instructions, arts & crafts, games, and dental screening. Every child will get a goody bag with a toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss sticks.
Your class can also visit our clinic for a tour. This is a great opportunity for children to get positive exposure to the dentist. The visit includes a tour of the facility, demonstrations of dental tools, oral hygiene instructions, arts & crafts, games, and dental screening. Every child will get a goody bag with a toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss sticks.
Playtime Pediatric Dentistry has two convenient locations: Vancouver and South Surrey.