Pediatric Dentistry Victoria
As a parent, you want what’s best for your child, and their oral health is no exception. How well children’s teeth are taken care of in their early years sets a strong pattern for their oral health in the future. At Dr. Crapo & Associates, we specialize in pediatric dentistry and are passionate about helping you take the necessary steps to ensure your children’s teeth are healthy and strong. Contact us today for more information or to schedule an appointment.
Preventive care for children
One of the most important aspects of pediatric dentistry is preventive care. This involves a combination of practices, habits and activities, including:
Brushing and flossing. You should begin brushing your child’s teeth as soon as they erupt and floss them once you can’t reach every surface.
Using fluoride. As soon as your child’s teeth erupt, brush them with fluoride toothpaste to make them more resistant to decay.
Instilling healthy eating habits. Encourage your child to choose healthy snacks like fruits and vegetables and limit their intake of sugary treats.
Scheduling regular dental visits. Regular dental checkups ensure that any developing dental issues are detected early on, allowing for prompt treatment before they become bigger and more serious problems.
Monitoring growth and development
Early assessment and planning by a pediatric dentist can go a long way in ensuring your child’s teeth and facial structures develop properly. By detecting any abnormalities early on, our dentists can provide timely treatment, preventing more serious issues down the line. Not only does early growth assessment help with prevention, but it also allows for tailored treatment plans based on your child’s unique needs.
Our dentist will work with you to create a plan that addresses any current concerns and sets your child up for a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. At Dr. Crapo & Associates, we always keep an open dialogue with you to advise you responsibly about your child’s oral care.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
As a parent, it’s common to have some questions about your child’s dental health. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions we receive.
When should I schedule my child’s first dental visit?
Children should visit the dentist as soon as their teeth start coming in. In fact, the Canadian Dental Association recommends that infants visit the dentist within six months of the appearance of their first tooth or by their first birthday, whichever comes first. Even though baby teeth fall out naturally and adult teeth grow in during the teenage years, visiting the dentist is still beneficial for children since tooth decay at any age can have adverse effects on their health.
How often should my child see a pediatric dentist?
The Canadian Dental Association advises parents to make biannual dental appointments for children, beginning approximately six months after the first tooth emerges.
What can I expect during my child’s first dental visit?
The first dental visit of your child is usually brief. The main goal is to make your child comfortable with the dentist. Depending on their age, the visit may involve a comprehensive examination of the teeth, jaws, bite, gums and oral tissues to check for proper growth and development. If necessary, your child may also receive a gentle cleaning.
What are the common dental issues in children?
Early Childhood Tooth Decay (ECTD) is the most common childhood chronic disease in Canada and around the world. However, ECTD is preventable, and its causes are well-known. One of the primary causes of ECTD is sugar. The sugars found in food and drinks can lead to tooth decay if they’re left in the mouth for too long. The longer they stay in contact with teeth, the greater the risk of developing tooth decay. Therefore, it’s essential to maintain good oral hygiene practices and limit the consumption of sugary foods and drinks to prevent ECTD.
Child-friendly pediatric dentistry services in Victoria
At Dr. Crapo & Associates, our pediatric dentistry services in Victoria are designed to make dental visits a comfortable and positive experience for your child. Whether your little one’s first teeth are just starting to appear or they need regular check-ups, our team is here to provide top-quality care and support. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.
Rediscovering the joys of eating
After learning about Dr. Crapo from another satisfied patient, Francis came in to see us, hoping to solve the pain he was experiencing in his bite. At first look, gum disease had taken hold, and his teeth were beyond help. Dr. Crapo recommended implants and implant-supported dentures.
“I couldn’t eat. Not even an apple! So something had to be done. After talking to Lou, I decided to come to Dr. Crapo. Dr. Crapo’s team… they have a plan. They do all things according to plan, no surprises. I really enjoy eating now. The whole experience of dental implants from Dr. Crapo really improved the quality of my life.”