child dental care 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 child dental care. Infancy to age 5 are crucial years that could influence the development of your child’s dental health and dental care habits. 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 Child Dental Care Tips

Are you a new parent, and just getting started on child dental care? 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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Dear valued patients of Williams Lake Smiles,

Greetings to patients and friends of Williams Lake Smiles!

COVID Patient Protocol

Our staff at Williams Lake Smiles are following careful safety protocol to keep our patients, team, and community safe at all times.

There are a few things that we are asking of you, our patients, as well:

-Please do not arrive early for your appointment time as we may not be able to accommodate you in our waiting room area. We are doing our best to limit your contact with others during your time in our clinic. If we are running ahead of schedule, we will call you to come in sooner.

-Due to our small waiting area, please do not bring any extra family members with you to your scheduled appointment.

-When you do arrive for your scheduled time, please wait in the front boot room for direction from a member of our team for entry protocol. If there is already another person in that boot room, please wait outside the front door until one of our team members can bring you in and allow appropriate social
distancing.

-We are not currently allowing anybody in the office unless you have a scheduled appointment time. Please call or email the office if you would like to book an appointment or have questions about upcoming appointments,  treatment, or billing.

-All people entering the clinic must wear a mask as per the current mandate from the BC provincial health minister (August 25, 2021).

-Upon arrival for your scheduled appointment, we will go through a verbal COVID screening questionnaire, take your temperature, and have you use hand sanitizer before entering the waiting room or treatment areas.

Thank you for your continued patience as we navigate through the changing protocols, heavy workloads, and COVID limitations.

Sincerely,

Dr. Rudy Wassenaar and the team at Williams Lake Smiles


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