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,

Greetings to patients and friends of Williams Lake Smiles!

June is here and hopefully, more summer weather is headed our way!

We are feeling excited and optimistic about the months to come as it appears that there is some positive easing of restrictions in British Columbia. Our team hopes this means that you will be able to slowly begin to see loved ones and move around a little bit more. Good news for us all!

In our office, your health and safety is still our utmost concern so we would like to update you and review our current protocols.

We are happy to be able to move from our online covid pre-screening forms to a verbal questionnaire. This means that you will no longer be required to do the online covid form before every appointment.
For the continued health and safety of all, we ask that you do not attend our office if you feel unwell at all or have traveled outside of the country within the past 14 days. We will ask you covid screening questions on the phone, at the time of scheduling appointments, and then again at the time of your arrival in our office. Mask wear is still mandatory for anyone entering our office. Your temperature will still be taken, shoe coverings provided and we will have you use hand sanitizer upon check-in at the door.

We will still be doing all we can to limit the amount of people in the office at one time and who you come into contact with while you are here.
We ask that you do not arrive too far ahead or drop off family members early for scheduled appointments. If our waiting room is full, we may ask you to remain in your vehicle and we can call you in as soon as we are ready. Please do not bring any extra people with you into the office. No spouses, children or siblings can accompany you to your appointment in the office.
We will continue with all other enhanced safety protocols to ensure that the health of our patients and staff team are our first priority and allow us to continue to provide you with our full range of exceptional dental care.

The Williams Lake Smiles team thanks to our amazing patients and friends for their ongoing patience and support through these unprecedented times of the past year and moving forward.
We appreciate your trust in us to help you be the healthiest you can be!

Please contact us with any questions or to schedule any of your dental needs.

Sincerely,

Dr. Rudy Wassenaar and the team at Williams Lake Smiles


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