FIND A SAFE Children’s DENTIST IN WINNIPEG
For some children new to dental care, a trip to the dentist can be a frightening experience. It’s important to have a calm and friendly office that welcomes patients of all ages. At Ellice Dental Group, Pearl Family Dental Care and Integral Dental, we are proud to be a trusted kids’ dentist in Winnipeg and stress the importance of routine preventative care to keep your child’s smile healthy and happy. We believe regular check-ups are essential in maintaining proper oral health for children and patients of all ages. Our dentists, hygienists and dental assistants enjoy working with kids and provide care in a gentle manner to ensure your child’s comfort.
FOR A POSITIVE ENVIRONMENT TURN TO OUR DENTISTS
We believe in a positive, encouraging approach while providing care in a bright and cheerful environment. We enjoy our role of being your childrens’ dentist in Winnipeg and do our best to make coming to our office a fun and exciting adventure. We also take the time to answer any questions you may have about your child’s oral health. From your child’s very first visit to the dentist on up through their teenage years, we strive to provide appropriate dental care for children of all ages.
Call today and get your child started on a lifetime of good oral health.
WHEN TO VISIT A DENTIST
Are you new to parenting and concerned or curious about the oral health and care of your child? As a childrens’ dentist, one of the most common questions we receive from new parents is when to bring a child in for his or her first visit. We recommend bringing your child in when they get their first tooth or when they reach their first birthday. While we all know that your child will lose his or her baby teeth later, the care of these baby teeth is important. Baby teeth are very porous and they are prone to decay more so than adult teeth.
We also suggest that you begin brushing your child’s teeth as soon as a tooth comes in! You should use a toothbrush that is specifically for a baby with soft bristles. You should not use toothpaste but rather simply brush your child’s teeth with plain water. It is a great idea to begin teaching your child about proper oral hygiene as soon as they are able to understand! Having your child help you brush his or her teeth and introducing your child to oral care – including dental visits – using books and videos is a great idea!
During the many visits to the pediatrician in your child’s first year of life, the doctor may have done basic examinations of your child’s mouth. However, some pediatricians do not do these checks at all and pediatricians are not necessarily trained on what to look for with your child’s oral health. Our dentists are trained to examine your child’s mouth and identify any possible problems with the development of your child’s jaw or soft palate. If you’ve missed the one year or new teeth mark, no need to worry; it’s never too late to bring your child in for the first visit!
The Importance of Having a Pediatric Dentist in Winnipeg
Are you nervous about taking your child to visit a general or pediatric dentist in Winnipeg for the first time? You can rest easy with Pearl Family Dental Care and Ellice Dental Group. Our experienced general dentists have provided dental care for children for many years and will start your child on a path of good oral health. Below are several ideas to help you and your child prepare for your child’s first visit to the dentist:
Talk about It:Dentists would argue that it’s never too early to begin talking to your child about his or her teeth! One of the best ways to prepare for something as new as the your child’s first dental visit is to begin talking about teeth and dental hygiene well in advance of your child’s first visit. You can make learning about teeth a fun experience with your child since children love to learn about the world around them and themselves! Believe it or not, there are a variety of children’s resources out there for teaching children about all things related to their teeth including fun books, songs, activities, and more!
Have a Good Attitude: Your child relies on you for everything when they are very young. This makes them attuned to your personal feelings and attitudes about situations. Even if you have to play it up, show your child that you are excited about dental health. At the same time, you want to portray that you are relaxed about visiting the dentist and that there is nothing to worry about. If you are happy and calm about trying something new, it’s likely that your child will be too when they visit a general or pediatric dentist in Winnipeg for the first time!
Practice Together: At one point in your life, brushing your teeth was a new concept to you. We all know that brushing your teeth is incredibly important to our oral hygiene and your child needs to learn that, too! As with learning any new task, doing the task together with a parent, older sibling, or guardian is one of the best ways to learn! Brushing your teeth as a group activity will allow you to be the example and it will make learning a new daily task more fun! At first, you can introduce the motion of brushing teeth while you actually perform the task for the child. As the child begins to learn under direct supervision, they may pick up on the technique themselves. However, they should always be in your presence in the learning stage. If your child is not interested in learning how to brush his or her teeth, you can always incorporate some kind of fun reward following the completion of a successful teeth brushing.
Choose the Right Dentist: Perhaps the best way to have a positive attitude about taking your child to the dentist is to know you are visiting the right general dentist or pediatric dentist in Winnipeg. While a convenient location, flexible office hours and kid-friendly office are important, the most important part is to choose a dentist you trust and feel comfortable with. It’s not too much to ask of your dental office to have staff that care about you and your child, are compassionate and friendly, and have the experience and knowledge necessary to provide you the best care possible.
Pearl Family Dental Care and Ellice Dental Group have years of experience in providing the dental care your child needs. We are happy to answer all your questions to help you feel comfortable and well-informed. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please do not hesitate to contact us today.