The Impact of Pediatric Dentistry
Our aim is to ensure children receive kid-friendly pediatric dental care that fosters a positive relationship between the dental team and young patients. By engaging and empowering children to take charge of their oral health, we lay the foundation for a lifetime of dental care they genuinely enjoy.
Right from the initial appointment, pediatric dental care plays a vital role. It encompasses gentle and kid-friendly routine teeth cleanings, providing support at every milestone your child achieves. Whether they are discovering their new teeth, losing baby teeth, or developing their adult teeth, we are here to guide them. Additionally, we are committed to making common procedures like fillings or orthodontic treatments less intimidating for children and young adults.
The Importance of Children's Dental Care
Surprisingly, there are some individuals who question the importance of children’s dental care due to the eventual loss of primary teeth. It is true that most children acquire their baby teeth by the age of 3, and these teeth typically begin to fall out around the age of 6. By their early teens, excluding wisdom teeth, most children have their permanent teeth. However, it is crucial to understand that the dental health of children during their formative years carries significant and far-reaching implications.
The adverse effects of poor dental health
Just like adults, children can also suffer from tooth decay, tooth sensitivity, infections, and gum disease. Even though children may not have a reference point for comparison, they still experience pain and discomfort. If you notice your child avoiding hot or cold foods and drinks, struggling with chewy foods, or consistently chewing on one side of their mouth, it could be a sign that they are trying to cope with dental pain or sensitivity.
Baby teeth lay the foundation for permanent teeth
When a baby tooth becomes loose and eventually falls out, its root is reabsorbed, creating a vacant space that serves as a pathway for the incoming adult teeth. If a baby tooth is extracted prematurely, it can lead to issues such as unexpected crowding or misalignment of the adult teeth. By ensuring the strength and health of baby teeth, as well as the supportive tissues and gums, we provide the adult teeth with a solid foundation for optimal development.
The building block for confidence
Having a complete set of healthy teeth is vital for children as they learn to communicate and express themselves through speech and smiles. From a young age, children begin to develop social skills and form attachments with others. Dental complications, pain, or sensitivity can significantly affect their ability to convey themselves effectively and how they are perceived by their peers.
Proper eating habits for developing bodies
Offering a diverse range of foods holds great significance for children, and it can pose a challenge for parents dealing with picky eaters. Children who experience discomfort and dental pain may develop a tendency to avoid crunchy, chewy, or textured foods. This could lead to habits such as consistently chewing on one side of their mouth or eating in an improper manner. In some cases, they may even exhibit a decreased appetite.
Your Child’s First Appointment
Our utmost priority, regardless of age, is your well-being, comfort, and satisfaction. When it comes to pediatric dentistry, we understand and address the unique challenges that our youngest patients encounter during their dental visits. We closely monitor specific oral health indicators and developmental milestones that are specific to children, ensuring their dental needs are met. Moreover, we communicate with your child in a kid-friendly manner, fostering a sense of safety and active participation during their dental experience.
We understand that kids have different personalities and emotions when visiting the dentist. Whether they’re adventurous explorers with endless questions or feeling shy and anxious, we strive to create a safe and engaging environment for all children. To meet their emotional needs, we start each appointment by listening to their thoughts and concerns. We then explain the procedures and activities planned for the visit, addressing any questions they may have.
Taking special consideration of oral health indicators specific to children, we will delicately assess your child’s gums, tongue, teeth, and overall well-being. Throughout the examination, we will monitor the development of their primary and adult teeth. Our thorough examination will identify any areas of concern or tricky spots that may require additional attention at home or during future appointments.
Ensuring You Stay Informed
Following the examination, we will provide guidance for both the young patient and their parent or guardian. We may offer additional tips and tricks to effectively clean those challenging-to-reach areas at home. If there are any areas of concern that require monitoring, we will inform you and explain what to watch out for between appointments. As a team, we work together towards excellent oral health!
Reach Out To Us Today
to book your child’s first consultation and examination.
During their consultation, we will comprehensively assess their teeth, gums, soft tissues, and bite. Our aim is to understand the overall appearance and functionality of their entire mouth. By gathering information about the health and aesthetics of their smile, we can plan the most suitable treatment to help achieve desired results.
Frequently Asked Questions
It is generally recommended to schedule your child’s first dental visit by the age of one or within six months after their first tooth erupts. Early dental visits allow the dentist to monitor your child’s oral health, provide guidance on oral hygiene practices, and address any concerns or issues that may arise. Starting dental care early helps establish a positive relationship with the dentist and promotes a lifetime of good oral health habits. Nonetheless, it’s never too late to bring them in for the first time.
To prepare your child for their dental visit, talk positively about the dentist, read books or watch videos about dental visits, practice at home, stay calm and reassuring, encourage oral hygiene, and even provide a comfort item if needed.
Once your child’s first tooth appears, you can start using a small smear of fluoride toothpaste. As they grow, gradually increase it to a pea-sized amount. Supervise brushing to ensure they spit out the toothpaste. Fluoride toothpaste helps prevent cavities and promotes dental health. You can always consult us for personalized advice.
Pediatric dentistry offers a variety of treatments and procedures for children, including dental exams and cleanings, fluoride treatments, dental sealants, fillings, dental crowns, space maintainers, orthodontic evaluations, emergency dental care, and oral health education. Pediatric dentists specialize in care for patients from the ages of 6 months old to 18 years old.
A Longtime Patient Experience
Dr. Bashar is amazing with kids and one of the best dentists I've ever seen. He's really gentle and understanding, making sure his patients feel comfortable. He's very professional and takes the time to explain things well. It's rare to find dentists like him who build such a positive and trusting relationship with their patients.
I am very grateful with the top quality of service and wonderful work done by Dr. Yenitza Arias and her amazing and caring staff. I look forward to seeing her again. Many many thanks to Benitez Clinic, by far this dental service is the best in Mississauga and all GTA. I am completely satisfied and happy with the work done. I recommend this clinic 100 percent. Happy and smiling staff. They are phenomenal.