Treating Children

We love children and understand the challenges of dental health in family life as both dentists have children of their own. We believe all children should have a permanent “dental home”. Following recommendations from the Canadian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, The Canadian Dental Association and Health Canada,  we recommend a  child is assessed by age one.  at age one for a brief and happy first visit. First visits under age 3 are free in our office and first visits generally consist of a brief, positive experience for children and their caregiver(s). The dentist will visualize new and arriving teeth, look for cavities and screen for key risk factors, check for normal oral-facial growth and development and be available to answer the parent’s questions.

As an entire team, our goal is to keep your child cavity-free for their lifetime and experience a pleasing smile. “Cavity-free for a lifetime” begins with the notion that everyone must look out for a child’s oral care and total welfare and understanding most dental disease is preventable.  We are concerned about the significant increase in Early Childhood Caries (ECC) in children ages 2-5, one of the most common diseases in children.  Also known as baby bottle caries, baby bottle tooth decay and bottle rot, it is a very common bacterial infection characterized by severe decay in the teeth of infants and children.  As an infectious disease, a primary microbiological agent is known and is sometimes transmitted by caregivers.  Customized dental care and early intervention are strategies that this office employs.

Our dentists are also available on-call should their be a dental emergency (after hours number provided on regular telephone line). Also owing to the longevity of this practice in the community, we see four generations of patients at any given time and appreciate subtle clinical clues between family members that may influence the course of any given treatment or preventive strategy. We also commonly schedule siblings at the same time for visits and this usually helps orient them towards better home care, encourages accountability and reduces anxiety.