Your Child’s Dental Care Calendar

brushingtoddler-min Here at Williams Lake Smiles, we enjoy helping our adult patients discover dental procedures that transform their smiles. But that doesn’t mean we neglect our smaller patients either! We believe that good dental habits start young, and have compiled a list of tips for new parents out there who are getting started with their child’s dental care. From infancy to around age 5 are crucial years that could influence the development and health of your child. Join us in Williams Lake, BC and take a look at our list below!

Infancy

Before Teeth Erupt

Even when your baby has no teeth yet, you should start accustoming them to oral care. This can be done through using a soft washcloth to wipe down your baby’s gums after feeding, or giving them a cold teething ring when they are developing teething habits. By keeping these gums clear and clean, your child will in turn produce healthy teeth.

After First Tooth Erupts

After your child’s first teeth start to erupt (typically around 6 to 12 months) this is when you can start using very small amounts of children’s toothpaste. Keep these teeth clean, and start bringing your child to a dentist or pediatric dentist to ensure their dental care is going smoothly. By the time your child reaches age 3, they should have all their teeth present.

Beware of Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

“Baby bottle tooth decay” is when your child obtains cavities at a young age, due to using bottles or sippy cups of juice or formula frequently. These liquids are okay in moderation, but if you don’t clean your child’s teeth often, the sugar can lead to decay.

Toddler

Healthy Dental Habits

As your child reaches their toddler years, start instilling good dental habits, like routine brushing and flossing. We recommend that you do these activities with them, so they can copy what you do. Beware of bad habits too: too much sugar in juices and sweets, thumb sucking, and more. These can potentially alter the positioning and health of their teeth. Continue to bring them to the dentist for routine check-ups, so they become familiar with dental offices.

Child

Losing Baby Teeth

As your child ages, they will start to lose their baby teeth after age 6. Talk to your child about this process, and explain how they are not losing their teeth forever, and new permanent teeth will be taking their place. Continue to teach them good brushing and flossing habits, and teach them about common dental diseases like tooth decay or gum disease. They’ll begin to understand how important it is to care for their teeth, especially as they start brushing and flossing on their own.

Contact Us About Dental Care Tips

Are you a new parent, and just getting started on dental care with your child? Feel free to ask us any questions you might have! In addition, be sure to pay attention to your own dental care, keeping a lookout for tooth decay, gum disease and more. Schedule appointments and hygiene cleanings here at Williams Lake Smiles with Dr. Wassenaar.

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Covid-19 (Corona) Virus

Dear valued patients of Williams Lake Smiles,

Happy New Year to all our patients and friends of Williams Lake Smiles!

There’s just something about a new year! It represents a clean slate, a new beginning for many of us. As we finished up with 2020, we all want to believe that 2021 will bring a sort of relief from much of what the past year has brought us. 

Although there are still many restrictions and hurdles ahead of us, we are all doing our best to prove that we are resilient and focused on brighter and healthier days ahead.

The start of 2021 finds many of us evaluating our health and making plans and potential changes for the year ahead. So, as you are making some New Year’s resolutions, don’t forget to add dental care to that list!

Managing your dental health is a key factor of keeping your immune system strong to help protect you against any attack. Just as important as a good diet, rest and exercise, your dental health is something you should not ignore.

Often dental changes can happen with little to no discomfort or warning. Just as changes in the rest of your body happen, it is the same for your teeth and mouth. We all know that age, stress, hormones and busy schedules (just to name a few) sneak up on us and seem to cause changes to our bodies almost overnight. Where you used to be able to eat whatever you wanted, barely exercise and stay up all hours of the night, you might be noticing that you just can’t do that anymore! It is similar with our dental care routine. If you have been doing the same routine for what seems like forever, it might be time to evaluate and change things, even slightly, to be more effective in keeping your teeth and gums healthy for a lifetime.

Our team at Williams Lake Smiles is here to help make your health a top priority. We look forward to continuing to work with you as life changes happen and want to make dental pain and emergency the smallest challenges possible.

This past year we have been working even harder to make our office a safe, welcoming place for you to visit. You may notice our policies and protocols have changed and will continue to do so based on recommendations from our professional colleges, provincial and local health authorities. Please respect these new policies and understand that some extra screening and time is required in order to achieve this. To keep things running smoothly, it is very important to complete all screening paperwork prior to all visits to our office. If the required paperwork is not completed, we may need to reschedule your appointment time.

Contact our team to schedule a dental appointment to help you be the healthiest you in 2021.

We look forward to seeing you soon,

Dr Rudy Wassenaar and the team at Williams Lake Smiles


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