Info about children

It is recommended to make your child’s first appointment at the Alain Cyr family dentist clinic starting at the age of 2.

At this first appointment, the dentist and dental hygienist will make sure to establish a relationship of trust with your child and will check all his teeth, do a cleaning, check brushing and flossing techniques with you.

About 50% of the population is at least somewhat afraid of the dentist. It is important not to pass on this fear to your children. Information and positive attitude will reassure your children and will be beneficial to them in the future. Your cooperation is important before, during and after the visit.

Before the first visit

  • There are lots of storybooks about a character experiencing their first visit to the dentist, to take the time to read one of them to your child.
  • Explain to your child what the dentist does.
  • The night before, go through the steps of the visit.
  • Never tell your child that they will experience any pain or discomfort during the dentist appointment.

During the visit

  • You may be asked to sit in the dentist chair to hold your child onto you during the examination.
  • For older children, you may be asked to return to the waiting room once the first contact is made.
  • Really listen to instructions and suggestion about oral hygiene treatments to be done to your child.
  • At all times, it is important to have a positive attitude about the appointment.
  • Ask to make the next appoint within six months.

After the visit

  • Make sure your child brushes their teeth at least twice a day or after every meal.
  • Make sure they floss once a day.
  • Supervise your child’s diet and suggest foods low in sugar.

Up to the age of 10, make sure your child’s teeth are brushed in the evening before going to bed.

It is important to know that our teeth are completely formed at birth. Teeth are simply hidden underneath our gums, and only start to grow starting at the age of six months and will stop growing at around 3 years of age. This is why parents must respect certain rules of oral hygiene with their children.

From birth to about the age of six months, you just need to gently rub the gums your infant using a damp cloth after every feeding. This will help to remove the sticky film (plaque) that may damage teeth. When teeth begin to break, just clean them using a tooth brush with soft bristles. The quantity of toothpaste must be no bigger than a pea, and you must make sure your child spits out all of it following brushing.

Even though it may not be easy to stop sucking on their thumb or pacifier, we strongly suggest explaining to your child starting at around the age of 3 that they must stop it.

Between the aged of two and six, we recommend closely supervising the way your child brushes their teeth, to ensure that the technique used is the right one. If you want to use fluorinated toothpaste, do not exceed a dose of 500 ppm. In children older than 6, fluorinated toothpaste of 1000 ppm may be used, following the recommendation of your dentist.

Furthermore, pay special attention to the teeth located in the back of the mouth because they are often overlooked during brushing. Also, children between the ages of 6 and 13 are more susceptible to developing cavities in their molars and premolars, so applying a dental sealant is often the best solution to prevent the infiltration of bacteria through grooves on the occlusal surface.

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