Regular care for children is extremely important for setting a great foundation for a lifetime of good oral hygiene and a healthy smile. At Dr. Sara Shiewitz Dentistry, we provide dental care for the entire family, including children and adolescents. As a family dentist, Dr. Sara Shiewitz is experienced in providing dental care for children and strives to make these special patients feel comfortable during their examinations and treatments.
First Dental Examination
Your child should have his or her first dental appointment after the first tooth appears and before his or her first birthday. While children do lose their "baby" teeth, or primary teeth, these teeth are instrumental in helping children speak and chew properly. Additionally, these primary teeth create a path for their permanent adult teeth to follow when they erupt. Dental check-ups are also important opportunities to create a good foundation for ongoing oral hygiene and give parents the chance to ask any questions they have about a child's oral health.
You child's first dental visit will include a thorough examination, scaling if needed, polishing, fluoride treatment if needed, brushing and flossing instructions, and nutritional counseling for maintaining good oral health.
Sealants, Fluoride, and Mouth Guards
In addition to regular examinations and cleanings, Dr. Shiewitz may recommend further services to protect your child's oral health. Other services provided in our Toronto office include sealants, fluoride, and mouth guards.
Preventative sealants help to protect the teeth from decay. They are made of a flowable tooth colored filling material and are applied to pits and grooves of permanent molar teeth.
Fluoride treatments are also essential to preventing tooth decay for both children and adults and are part of a regular dental examination and cleaning. Fluoride is a naturally occuring mineral, which hardens tooth enamel, making the teeth less susceptible to the effects of cavity causing bacteria that live in the mouth.
Mouth guards, or athletic guards, may be recommended for children who are extremely active in sports. Mouth guards can protect the teeth from excessive wear and tear and can prevent severe dental trauma for kids that are highly active or athletic.
At Dr. Sara Shiewitz Dentistry, we provide restorative dental services for children in addition to preventative care. Children can suffer cavities, broken teeth, or malformed teeth just like adults. Our Toronto dentist and staff are trained to provide restorative care to meet the specific needs of children while helping them to remain calm and comfortable.
Call 416.223.4181 to schedule an appointment for your child today.