What age should my child first visit the dentist?

We look forward to meeting your little one for their first dental exam within 6 months of seeing their first tooth or by their first birthday. A brief look will allow us to check and monitor oral development, possible eruption patterns, and the risk of early cavities. This can be a short and simple exam at the end of your own regular visit.

By three years of age, your child can graduate to having their own dental appointment and cleaning. Having their own appointment and cleaning can be a source of pride for them and allows them to develop a relationship with our dental team should any interventions be required in the future.

How can I prevent cavities for my child?

Healthy teeth and gums start at home, and good oral hygiene can start even before eruption of the first tooth. Start cleaning your child's gums gently with a soft damp gauze cloth before teeth come in and continue with a soft toothbrush once he or she has a first tooth.

Here are some additional tips to prevent cavities for your child:

How can fluoride affect my child's dental health?

Fluoride is a mineral naturally found in plants, soil, water and various foods that provide a great benefit to oral health. This natural substance can strengthen enamel to protect against tooth decay and even reverse decay in the early stages.

Here are some tips to ensure your child is receiving the right amount of fluoride:

Birth to 3 years of age
Tap water provides a free and convenient source of fluoride for Canadians. During the first few years, the consumption of tap water will provide an adequate amount of fluoride to protect your child from tooth decay. Normally, children of this age should have their teeth brushed by an adult using a toothbrush moistened only with water. Children at higher risk of decay should have their teeth brushed by an adult using a minimal amount (a portion the size of a grain of rice) of fluoridated toothpaste.

3 to 6 years of age
By age three, your child should be brushing their teeth with a small amount of low-fluoridated toothpaste. Parents should supervise their children while brushing their teeth and follow these suggested tips:

Do all children need Braces?

Braces (or orthodontics) are used to align misaligned, spaced or crowded teeth. Although not all children need orthodontic treatment, it is important for all children to have an orthodontic screening exam at 6-7 years of age. This exam can be completed at a regular dental visit and an appropriate referral for further evaluation will be made if necessary.