Your child’s baby teeth are just as important as his or her adult teeth. So, taking care of them properly from an early age is the best protection against decay, gum disease and bite misalignments down the road. Your family dentist in Toronto, Dr. Kevin Dann, treats little patients early and continues with them through their formative years and adulthood. That first dental visit sets the stage for a lifetime of healthy smiles.
Baby Teeth are So Important
Parents are excited to see that first little tooth erupt in a child’s mouth. It’s usually a bottom central incisor, and other teeth rapidly follow. To keep young smiles bright and their development on track, Dr. Kevin Dann, children’s dentist in Toronto, asks parents to bring kids to his office as soon as they see teeth start to appear.
Healthy baby teeth are important for:
- Proper oral development and alignment of adult teeth
- Good nutrition
- Proper speech
- Ability to concentrate at school
- Smile aesthetics
- Overall health
So, proper dental care should start early.
The Pediatric Check-up
At Dentistry Asleep, Dr. Kevin Dann and his staff make oral exams fun and relaxed. The doctor takes time to gently inspect and count teeth, and as a child reaches toddlerhood, to take digital X-rays as needed. He also looks for signs of gum disease and proper tooth and jaw development.
For the youngest of patients, dental visits are relaxed and slow-paced so the child just gets used to the sights and sounds of the dental office. Dr. Dann asks that parents have a relaxed attitude toward dental appointments as even babies and toddlers take their cues from Mom and Dad. In other words, if you are relaxed, they will be, too.
Services for Kids
In addition to complete oral examinations, children receive hygienic cleanings beginning around age three. This preventive service removes plaque and tartar at-home brushing and flossing often miss. Also, the hygienist take time to teach kids–and parents–about proper hygiene techniques, tooth-friendly nutrition and–for the young athlete–mouthguards when playing sports.
To aid in the fight against tooth decay, Dr. Dann may recommend plastic sealants and fluoride treatments. Sealants are a thin protective coating applied to deeply grooved teeth. Fluoride treatments strengthen tooth enamel.
If problems do occur, Dr. Dann offers a full array of restorative services, including:
- Tooth-colored fillings
- Space maintainers for premature tooth loss
- Pulp treatments
- Stainless steel crowns
For the anxious child, special needs patient or complex procedures, Dr. Dann is fully certified in dental anaesthesia to relax your child for a pain-free and fear-free experience. Options include pain shots, nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation and IV sedation. All are fully monitored and carefully administered for your child’s needs.
Seeing a New Tooth?
If your little one’s mouth is “under construction,” it’s time to see your dentist in Toronto–Dr. Kevin Dann. Contact Dental Anaesthesia Associates today to schedule an appointment for your child.