Preventative dental care for kids

Preventive Dental Care is Fundamental to Your Child’s Oral Health

As cavities are the most common chronic disease in Canadian children, prevention is critical. Starting out right with a strong preventative dental healthcare plan will set your child up for a lifetime of good oral health and healthy teeth.

  • 80% Applying dental sealants to the chewing surfaces of childrens’ back teeth prevent 80% of cavities.
  • 50% Cavities are the most common chronic disease in children. More than 50% of Canadian kids ages 6-11 have had a cavity. With preventative dental care, this condition and resulting surgery can be avoided.
  • 6 We recommend a pediatric dentist appointment for a checkup and cleaning every six months as baby teeth are weaker than adult teeth and cavities grow quickly in children.

The X-Ray Process

  • We have the latest digital x-rays. This process is far less intrusive than conventional x-rays. Your child will sit in the dental chair and a child sized sensor will be placed in their mouth for image capture.
  • An image will be snapped of your child’s mouth and the digital image will be scanned to the computer. We always child-size the x-rays to minimize radiation to your child.
  • X-rays will be available to view for discussion, facilitating a diagnosis and discussion about treatment options. Our exceptional team excels at taking x-rays for children.
  • How old should my child be for a first visit to the dentist?

    The Canadian Dental Association recommends the assessment of infants, by a dentist, within six months of the eruption of the first tooth or by one year of age.

  • Will my child feel anxious about seeing a pediatric dentist?

    Playtime Pediatric Dentistry offers a fun and friendly environment for your child to make sure they get a lifetime of positive experiences at the dentist. We use child-friendly language and behaviour management skills so that your child will have a pleasant visit.

    Some kids can feel anxious about a new experience, including a dental visit. This is normal. To help them feel more comfortable, it can help to “play dentist,” read books about a dental visit, or look at the Playtime website and social media pages together for pictures and videos of the Playtime office and team. If you have dental anxiety, try your best to not transfer your own anxiety to your child.

  • Do I need a referral from our dentist?

    No, you do not need a referral from your family dentist to see our pediatric dentists.

  • What do you do during the first visit?

    The first visit involves an examination to check for signs of weak enamel along with a professional cleaning. We will discuss at-home care with you and review optimal oral hygiene and the best diet for healthy teeth.

  • Why does my 2-year-old need teeth cleaning? 

    We recommend teeth cleaning at a young age to:

    Remove plaque and calculus (calcified plaque)
    Some kids are prone to plaque build up and need polishing and scaling. We have seen this in children even as young as age one. 

    Provide a positive dental experience
    By showing children from a young age that regular checkups are easy and fun, they can develop positive feelings about dental visits. The kids who get repeated early exposure tend do better in subsequent visits, including treatment.

    Assess behaviour
    Each visit, we evaluate your child’s behaviour using the Frankl scale. Some kids are sensitive to taste, vibration water or suction, and cleaning is a good way to determine your child’s cooperation level, temperament and sensory issues. This information will come in handy if your child ever gets into an accident or gets cavities and needs treatment. Considering 40% of kids get cavities by age 5, we want this information as soon as possible so we can determine the optimal treatment. For example, a child who cannot easily handle cleaning at age 4 will likely need general anesthesia for treatment.

    Reach milestones as soon as possible
    We keep a note of every milestone your child achieves at each visit. It can be as simple as sitting in the dental chair alone to having x-rays. We don’t move on to the next step without hitting the previous milestone. For instance, we won’t take x-rays on a child who cannot handle polishing. We usually start taking x-rays as soon as two contact teeth are tight (ages 3 or 4) and we cannot check between teeth visually.

  • My child has special needs or medical conditions. Are we able to book an appointment with you?

    We have lots of helpful tips and extensive experience in dealing with many different age groups with special needs and medical backgrounds. Having undergone extensive training at various children’s hospitals in North America, all our pediatric dentists are very familiar with different medical conditions and dental precautions.

The PPD team are so wonderful with our kids. They actually look forward to their visits. My kids also use the tools and advice the PPD team taught them about dental hygiene. They are proud when they find “sugar bugs” when they floss 🙂