Common Questions: Kids & Teens
- 1. Are children welcome at Okanagan Smiles Dentistry?
- 2. When should your child have their first dental exam?
- 3. How often should a child see the dentist?
- 4. How can I fight tooth decay?
Are children welcome at Okanagan Smiles Dentistry?Children are always welcome. We have designed a special area in the reception dedicated to entertaining children. An iPad is available to play a favorite game, or watch a TV show or read a book on the ‘grass’!Back to top
When should your child have their first dental exam?Did you know children are born without the bacteria that cause cavities? Did you know kids can receive the cavity causing bacteria from other people? These bacteria are transmitted through actions such as a mother placing a pacifier in her own mouth before giving it to her child. Your child should have their first dental visit when their first tooth erupts. The visit will introduce your child to our office and staff to get them comfortable with their surroundings and the dentist will examine their mouth. Cavity prevention tips will be discussed to give your child a healthy mouth.Back to top
How often should a child see the dentist?Back to top
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a dental exam at least twice a year for most children. The frequency will depend on their risk of dental caries.
How can I fight tooth decay?Back to top
Here at Okanagan Smiles we treat using the most up-to-date science available and knowledge from our own experience. For example, while we were travelling from village to village in Haiti, we noticed that one village had no caries and almost no dental needs compared to the others. Since every village drinks from one ground well in town, and since many of those villagers had flourosis - it was obvious that the higher levels of naturally-occuring flouride in their well water had contributed to better dental health. This resulted in the ability of people to retain their teeth longer, to eat better without pain, and to live longer than those in surrounding villages as the older population could still eat a variety of healthier food than those without teeth.
However, we know that it has become popular in the past few years in some parts of North America to avoid flouride in any concentration and provide non-flouride products and services available to those who choose this. One of the best ways of getting the benefits of fluoride is to brush with a fluoride containing toothpaste at least twice a day.