Dental care for children and teenagers

Dental care for children and teenagers

The first dental appointment

The first visit is recommended as soon as the first tooth has erupted or at the age of 1 at the latest. This first examination covered by the “Régie de l’assurance maladie” allows your little one to have a first positive contact with the dentist. Our team will examine your child’s teeth and will review tooth brushing techniques with you.

Approximately 50% of the population experiences some fear of the dentist. It is important to avoid passing this fear onto your children. Information and a positive attitude will reassure your child and will be decisive for their future. Your cooperation is important before, during and after the visit.

Before the first visit

  • Several books tell the story of a character who made a first visit to the dentist. Read them to your child.
  • The day before, summarize the different steps of the appointment.
  • Never say to the child that it will not hurt during dental appointments.

During the visit

  • We may ask you to sit in the dental chair and hold your child during the examination.
  • For older children, it is possible that you will be asked to return to the waiting room once the first contact has been established.
  • Listen to the instructions and suggestions about the oral health care of your child.
  • At all times, it is important to have a positive attitude about the visit to the dentist.
  • Plan another appointment in six months.

After the visit to the dentist

  • Make sure that your child brushes their teeth at least twice daily or after every meal.
  • Floss their teeth once a day.
  • Watch your child’s nutrition and offer them foods that do not contain too much sugar.
  • Until the age of 8, make sure that you brush your child’s teeth before bedtime.

Follow-up visits every 6 months will make your child comfortable at the dentist’s office. The first dental cleaning and fluoride application should be taking place at the age of 3.

Annual examinations and basic treatments are covered by “Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ)” up to age 10.

Preventing tooth decay in children

Regular tooth brushing, a healthy diet, and regular dental monitoring help preventing cavities. We recommend brushing the teeth of your child twice per day until they have enough dexterity to do it themselves. Supervision during tooth brushing should be done until the age of 8 to ensure that all tooth surfaces are clean.

Some foods are rich in nutrients but tend to stick to the teeth. This is the case for bananas, raisins, and fruit bars. It is advisable to eat these foods during meals or to brush teeth immediately after eating these foods.

Fluoride

The American Dental Association has revised its recommendations and now advises the application of topical fluoride from 6 months of age. Despite the disputes, topical application of fluoride remains a highly effective mean of preventing tooth decay.

The amount of toothpaste that is equivalent to a grain of rice is recommended for children less than 3 years old. Between the age of 3 and 6, a pea-sized amount of toothpaste should be used for each brushing. The municipal water of the greater Montreal area is not fluoridated.

Why fixing cavities on primary teeth?

It is advisable to keep the primary teeth as long as possible. Primary teeth reserve space for their permanent counterparts. An untreated cavity can lead to infection and cause pain.

An abscess can form and the tooth may have to be extracted prematurely. Tooth decay must therefore be eliminated and the “hole” remaining on the tooth must be sealed with dental amalgam (silver filling) or resin composite filling (white filling). We will recommend the ideal product according to the case.

Contact sports are one of the leading causes of fractured teeth. With a mouth guard, it is possible to protect your teeth and enjoy your leisure without hassle. The mouth guard is custom made from a mold of your teeth.

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