We examine children from the age of 1 year
First visit of your baby
As recommended by the Canadian Dental Association, we look at children as young as 1 year of age or within 6 months of the first tooth. At this first appointment, the dentist and the dental hygienist will be able to inform you about bottle decay, infant feeding, cleaning of the mouth, teething as well as pacifiers and thumb sucking. In addition, the dentist will be able to assess the child’s need for fluoride.
We will be pleased to provide you with a brochure and the top 20 tips and tricks of your dental hygienist for your child.
If your child is teething and seems to be in pain, you can :
- Rub the gums with your finger.
- Rub the gums with the back of a cold spoon.
If the pain persists, your dentist, pharmacist or doctor may recommend an over-the-counter medication to relieve the pain.
Here’s what NOT to do :
- Do NOT use an Oragel-type pain medication that you rub on your child’s gums because they could swallow it.
- DO NOT give him teething biscuits. They may contain added or concealed sugar.
- DO NOT underestimate a fever. The eruption of new teeth does NOT make babies sick or feverish. If your child has a fever, see your doctor.
The 20 primary teeth should appear before your child is 3 years old.
Frenectomy in the baby
Ankyloglossia is a congenital condition in which the lingual brake has hypertrophy or poor positioning. It can thus limit the envelope of movements of the tongue and lead to a sucking problem during breastfeeding. The mother may, among other things, suffer from discomfort, pain or mastitis. The newborn may, for its part, present an underweight gain in the first weeks of life and demonstrate atypical breastfeeding patterns.
Each case should be analyzed correctly to determine whether it is anterior or posterior ankyloglossia and the treatment plan should be adjusted accordingly. It is possible to relieve the vast majority of cases by a simple intervention called “lingual frenectomy” in which we release the tension of the brake by means of a simple scissor or laser incision.
It is recommended to position the young patient in his car shell for surgery and to breastfeed within minutes.
Children aged 3 and over
During this visit, the dentist and the dental hygienist will make sure to establish a relationship of trust with your child and will take care to examine his teeth, to make a cleaning, to review with you the techniques of brushing and the use of flossing.
About 50% of the population experiences some fear of the dentist. It is important to avoid passing on this fear to children. Information and a positive attitude will reassure him and will be decisive for the future. Your collaboration is important before, during and after the visit.
Before the first visit :
Several books tell the story of a character who makes a first visit to the dentist. Take the time to read it to him. Explain to the child what the dentist will do. The day before, summarize the stages of the visit. Never tell the child that it will not hurt during the dentist appointment.
During the visit :
- You may be asked to sit on the dentist’s chair to hold your child on you during the exam.
- For older children, you may be asked to return to the waiting room after the first contact has been made.
- Listen carefully to the instructions and suggestions about oral care for your child.
- At all times, it is important to have a positive attitude about the meeting.
- Ask to make the next appointment in six months.
After the visit :
- Make sure your child brushes his teeth at least twice a day or after each meal.
- Floss her once a day.
- Watch your child’s diet and suggest foods that do not contain too much sugar.
- Until the age of 10, be sure to brush your child’s teeth at bedtime before bedtime.
Young child’s decay
Breast milk, infant formula, cow’s milk and fruit juices all contain sugar.
Babies CAN have cavities because they :
- Go to bed with a bottle of milk, infant formula or juice.
- Fall asleep in their mother’s mouth still full of milk.
This type of decay can manifest until the age of 4 years. Once your child has teeth, check them every month. Beware of dull white spots or lines that may form on the teeth at the edge of the gums. Also beware of dark colored teeth. If any of these signs appear, go see your dentist immediately. The caries of young children must be treated quickly. Otherwise your child may have pain and develop an infection. If you give a bottle of milk, infant formula or juice at bedtime, stopping on the spot will NOT be easy.
Here’s how to proceed :
- Fill the bottle with water only.
- If your child refuses, give him a clean lollipop, soft toy or blanket.
- If your child is crying, do not give up.
- Console it and try again.
If nothing works, try diluting your baby’s bottle of milk with water for 1-2 weeks until there is only water left. If your child falls asleep, try to remove him from the breast when he is still awake.
We offer surgical dentistry and oral surgery for patients of all ages. Our approach is distinguished by a control of cooperation using a description of sensations rather than a description of acts. We establish a link of communication and trust directly between the practitioner and the young patient. This gentle and global approach demonstrates an impressive level of success. It is important for us that the visits take place in simplicity and as pleasant as possible. Everything is adapted to the specific needs of the patient; from vocabulary to the materials used, to hygiene advice.
We have developed a series of specialized tools allowing us to treat the various developmental disorders in a more preventive and global way. Please inform us of the particularities of your child when making an appointment for a complete examination and we can accompany you in the process to follow.
We offer state-of-the-art pediatric dentistry and are always on the lookout for the latest techniques. Thus, since March 2017, we have expanded the range of treatments offered to our young clientele to include zircon crowns on primary teeth, SDF, bio-active cement and bio-active composites in addition to integrating a system of classification of the caries risk specific to each patient based on the CAMBRA system (CAries Management Based on Risk Assesment). This personalized classification system allows us to further modulate the treatment plan according to the specific needs of the child.
- Application of Fluorinated Silver Diamine (SDF)
- Amalgam or composite fillings
- Stainless steel crowns
- Zirconia crowns
- Pulpotomy and pulpectomy
- Dentofacial Orthopedics
- General dental surgery
- Desensitization visits
We are currently preparing a specialized program for patients with developmental disabilities. More information coming shortly!