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Have a Dentist Appointment? Bring the Kids! A Closer Look at Pediatric Dentistry
by Dr. Michael Popp on Sep 19, 2014

Overview: While children have a taste for candy that is insatiable, their thoughts on brushing their teeth before bed (and after waking up for that matter) are pretty liberal. Add in occasionally eating dirt and landing on their faces, and their teeth are in for a rough ride. It is important to prepare children for regular visits to a pediatric dentist, and equally important to rid any fears they may have for future visits. Read the blog below for more information on pediatric dentistry.

 

Pediatric Dentist

Parents should research and find a board certified Pediatric Dentist for their child. Pediatric Dentists are trained and experienced to not only treat infant patients for physical dental needs but also have the expertise to emotionally treat young children. Some dentists are very clinical in their practice, which can make a child feel cold and scared. Pediatric dentists like Dr. Popp are far better suited to handling situations with children and have a gift at making them feel comfortable and safe. A great start to oral care will solve any fears of dentists for future visits.

 

First Visit

When should a child have their first visit to the dentist office? It’s kind of a trick question, because the answer is, before they are even born! Oral care begins with the mother during pregnancy. Expecting mothers need to maintain high level of dental hygiene. Bacteria that are found in the mouth that cause tooth decay can have adverse affects on general health, but for pregnant mothers this affect can be compounded.

 

First Visit

No tricks this time, most pediatric dentists agree that after a baby is born, they should make their first dental visit either when the first tooth erupts or by their first birthday. A popular myth in child dentistry is that because baby teeth fall out they are not that important, but unfortunately this is not true. Primary teeth lay the groundwork for their future permanent teeth, and exercising healthy oral hygiene will increase the chances that the permanent teeth will emerge properly aligned.

 

Routine Visits

It’s recommended that infants have regular checkups every six months after their initial visit. Tooth decay is preventable; Dr. Popp at his Marlborough Dental Clinic believes that an emphasis on good oral hygiene is the best tool to keep tooth decay at bay. Pediatric Dentists like Dr. Popp can reinforce and guide families on the routines that they should establish at home.

 

The Bottom Line: Stories about Tooth Fairies leaving a Loonie under kids pillows are a great way to put a child’s mind at ease about dental issues, but is just as important to educate young kids about good dental hygiene. If you’re looking for a pediatric dentist, visit Dr. Popp at Marlborough Dental in Calgary, AB, and benefit from his expertise in dealing with the dental needs of children. In addition to having a great smile throughout their childhood…they’ll leave with a treat!

 

Are you looking for a trained and experienced pediatric or family dentist? Contact Dr. Michael Popp at the Marlborough Dental Centre in NE Calgary today on (403) 248-2066.


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