Children's Dentist in Tweed
The team at Tweed Dental Care know that young smiles have unique needs! Our dentist and team work encourage oral health while your child is young in the hope that their oral health will be more easily maintained throughout their adulthood. Our dental services for children include cavity control, dental sealants, space maintainers, sports guards and more.
How can Tweed Dental Care help keep my child's teeth healthy?
Oral health routines often begin in childhood! To help your child maintain a healthy smile they grow, at home brushing and flossing, in combination with professional cleanings and checkups are crucial. In order to help prevent the development of cavities, we may recommend fluoride treatments, dental sealants, and specific tips to help maintain their dental hygiene routine.
When should children have their first dental checkup?
Our dentist recommends that children see a dentist for the first time around the age of three or at the sign of their first tooth. Not unlike adults, children should visit the dentist 2-3 times a year. However, we may recommend more frequent visits should we have any concerns.
Can thumb sucking lead to dental problems for kids?
After the eruption of adult teeth in children, thumb sucking can cause the teeth to become improperly aligned or push the teeth outward. Thumb sucking can also lead to malformation in the upper palate (also known as the roof of the mouth).
How can I help my child to stop sucking their thumb?
At Tweed Dental Care, our dental team has worked with children for over 25 years, assisting parents in helping their children to stop sucking their thumbs. Our team understands how challenging it can be for parents to relieve their children of this habit. One option available to discourage thumb sucking is using a custom-made dental appliance placed behind your child’s front teeth.
The appliance is not uncomfortable for the child, but will help discourage thumb sucking by making it less enjoyable.
How do I know if a thumb-sucking appliance right for my child?
If your child continues to suck their thumb after their adult teeth begin to erupt, contact our team to schedule an appointment to discuss your options to help your child stop sucking their thumb.
What's involved in the procedure to place dental sealants?
During your child's regular office visit, your dental hygienist will ‘paint’ sealant onto the chewing surface of the child's permanent molars. The sealant is bonded into place to seal any grooves that may cause potential problem areas susceptible to decay.
How long do dental sealants last?
With proper care, dental sealants can remain on your child's teeth for a number of years following application. If the sealant does wear off, it can easily be re-applied.
During your child's checkup, our team will assess your child’s oral health and advise if their dental sealant should be reapplied to help prevent decay on their permanent molars.
Will my child require a fluoride rinse if they have dental sealants?
Children who have dental sealants on their permanent molars may still require fluoride. While dental sealants provide protection from cavities for the teeth on which they are placed, the other teeth that are not protected by the sealants require fluoride for additional protection from cavities.