How We Can Help Your Child
We believe that happy dental treatment experiences in childhood can set the foundation for a lifetime of healthy smiles. A positive relationship with a Mississauga dentist can also help your child to feel more accepting and cooperative about getting the dental treatment they need.
Here at Tomken Dental, our goal is to make your child feel engaged and empowered in their own oral health. We’ll make their visit with us a fun one so that they leave with happy memories and embark on their lifetime journey of dental health with confidence.
Pediatric dental care is an ongoing process, and we look forward to accompanying you and your child on this journey! You can count on us to provide the resources, advice, and treatment your child needs to have the healthiest smile possible. From that very first checkup to each kid-friendly cleaning appointment, and right on through other common dental milestones like orthodontic treatment, we will be there every step of the way!
Why Pediatric Dentistry Matters
It’s easy to think that children’s care isn’t really that important because the baby teeth are just going to fall out, anyway. Your child’s first set of teeth should have all grown in by the time your child is 3 years old. These teeth will start falling out around age 6, and they’ll eventually be replaced by adult teeth by the time your child is 12 or 13.
While it’s true that your child’s first set of teeth will be totally replaced by new ones, this doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t get dental fillings if they develop decay. Here are four reasons that your child needs to have healthy teeth throughout their life.
Kids get painful toothaches, too
The most important reason to treat your child’s baby teeth is to help them avoid pain. Your child can experience the same kind of discomfort from dental problems that you can. Even very young children can suffer from tooth sensitivity, cavities, infections, and inflamed gums.
The dangerous part is that kids can quickly get used to dental pain and learn to suffer in silence. A subtle change in your child’s food preferences may be the only sign that something is wrong. You may not notice that your child is in pain until it’s too late and a serious problem has set in.
Healthy baby teeth = healthy adult teeth
Baby teeth aren’t just for show or chewing practice. Baby teeth are actually placeholders for the adult teeth that are yet to come. If your child loses one of their primary teeth too soon due to untreated decay or injury, then the adult tooth that emerges in its place may come in crooked.Additionally, because baby teeth are replaced gradually, decay in primary teeth can spread to newly emerging adult teeth.
Finally, helping your child care for their first set of teeth will equip them with the habits they need to take excellent care of their adult teeth, which will last them much longer.
Dental health affects your child’s confidence
Your child’s teeth play an essential role in learning how to speak, smile, socialize, and form relationships with others. If your child cannot smile and interact with others confidently because they are ashamed of the way their teeth look, then this could have a lasting impact on the confidence they have in themselves as they continue to grow.
Baby teeth are important for nutrition
The main function of all teeth is to enable us to chew a variety of foods to fuel our bodies with the nutrients we need. Kids especially need a wide variety of foods in their diet to ensure they stay properly nourished.
If your child has decayed, missing, or damaged teeth, however, eating can become a painful experience for them. They may choose to avoid certain foods that cause them discomfort and reach for softer foods with lower nutritional value. If your child is a picky eater, then you may already struggle to get them to eat healthy foods. It will only become even more challenging if you let your child suffer with poor dental health.
Your Child’s First Appointment At Tomken Dental
We want everyone in your whole family to feel welcome here at our practice and experience better health as a result of our efforts. But we take extra care to ensure that our youngest patients feel comfortable, secure, and respected while in the dental chair. We also carefully assess your child’s teeth so that we can find out where they are in their dental development and then make necessary oral hygiene suggestions and treatment recommendations.
Here is what you can expect at your child’s first visit with our Tomken Dental team.
Some kids may be more bold and adventurous than most, while others are more shy and cautious than others. But nearly all are curious when it comes to learning about their own health. We encourage our young patients to learn as much as they can about their dental health by explaining things in kid-friendly terms they can quickly grasp.
At each visit with your child, we will take the time to listen to their concerns about their smile and then to carefully explain what to expect during their treatment appointment. For our youngest patients, we try to make everything a fun game!
After giving your child a warm welcome and friendly introduction to help them feel at ease, we’ll begin the dental examination portion of the appointment.The dentist will gently examine your child’s teeth and gums and take note of any irregularities in other oral tissues. We may tell your child at this point that we are “counting” their teeth!
If we notice any signs of tooth decay, gum inflammation, or any other problem, we will let you know and explain what steps to take next.We will also make note of where your child is in terms of smile development so that we can carefully track their progress as they get older.
Patient (and Parent!) Education
After the exam, we’ll go over the findings with you and your child. If you have any questions about your child’s health or dental treatment recommendations, we’ll happily explain everything for you. We’ll let you know if you need to make any changes to your child’s oral hygiene routine or diet to improve their dental health and teach you both some ways to brush and floss those hard-to-reach areas.
We will keep you in the loop every step of the way so that you always have a clear picture of your child’s dental health. The dentist will let you know if there are any issues that you need to keep an eye on in between your child’s dental appointments. We look forward to working with you to help your child maintain a healthy smile!
Contact us today
To schedule your child’s initial consultation & exam.
Is your child ready for their first dental visit? Does your child have a dental issue that needs treatment? We’re ready to help! Get started by planning an appointment for your child at our practice. We will take a careful look before recommending treatment that will help your child achieve a healthy smile.
Frequently Asked Questions
Pediatric dentistry is a branch of dental treatment that focuses on treating children from infancy all the way through their teen years. Kids experience various changes as their jaws and faces grow and pediatric dental treatment takes all of those developments into consideration.
As a general rule of thumb, kids should see a dentist by the age of 1 year or within 6 months of getting their first tooth, whichever happens sooner. Your child likely will not need dental treatment at this stage, but a visit to a dentist will help you find out whether your child’s teeth are coming in at a healthy rate.
You may also bring your child in for a checkup anytime you suspect they may be suffering from dental pain.
Even if your child has never been to the dentist, it’s never too late to start!
Pediatric dentists treat kids and teens up to the age of 18. Your child may prefer to stay with the pediatric dentist they’ve always known right up until they reach the age of majority, but it’s perfectly fine for them to switch to seeing a general dentist before then.
Children should have a regular dental checkup and cleaning every 6 months, the same schedule we recommend for adult patients.
When you visit our practice, we will take a careful look at your toddler’s teeth and recommend a checkup schedule that suits their unique needs. Your child should be seeing a dentist once per year, at the very least.
If your child begins experiencing any dental discomfort in the meantime, don’t wait to book an emergency appointment.