A fun experience combined with quality oral health
When looking for a children dentist, it is important to research your options. Some notable and worthwhile factors to consider are recommendations from people you know and even people you don’t (such as online reviews). The dental clinic’s location is another, since you will likely prefer it to be close to your home or your children’s school. Not all dentists are created equal—especially when it comes to handling the care of toddlers, youth, and teenagers.
Instilling healthy habits
Children have unique needs when it comes to visiting the dentist twice per year. They may still have baby teeth, for starters, which can pose less of a concern as they eventually fall out. However, it is important to ensure they are also practicing good oral health from a young age. Many children do not learn how to brush correctly to truly lift out all of the food particles that can be buried between teeth and lead to cavities, plaque, tartar, and gingivitis.
At Forestbrook Dental, we value the importance of teaching our young patients how to practice proper oral hygiene from the beginning. In fact, we recommend children start visiting our clinic from as young as two years old. Mastering the correct brushing technique is crucial to protect teeth and gums, as is flossing on a daily basis. We also offer important dental care to our patients, like sealants (in particular, applying them to the back molars that are the hardest to reach) to further help them avoid cavities.
Easing the stress of dental checkups
With that, we also use a gentle approach to take necessary X-rays of your children’s teeth. For some, this may be an uncomfortable and slightly frightening experience for kids, but we always go the extra mile and make the experience less as traumatic as possible. Should they have oral care needs that extend beyond regular checkups and possible fillings, we also offer consultations to examine them. Sometimes, our clinic can provide the treatment ourselves, while other times, we can refer you and your child to an orthodontist.
Our young patients actually enjoy visiting our dentists at Forestbrook Dental due to our friendly approach. While many children may be terrified of their dental checkups, we strive to make appointments fun and relaxed. What’s more, we also aim to keep our patients’ parents more relaxed by treating their children with respect and handling their unique needs with the utmost care.
Offering assessments and treatment options
We not only check the condition of your kids’ teeth each time they come to visit us, but actually monitor their progression from one appointment to the next. After all, growth spurts—as well as regular growth that kids experience well into their teens—affect more than just their height and weight. As they get taller and fill out more, their mouths and jaws will also change, and that means their teeth will often shift and adjust naturally. Adult teeth do not always grow in the same way as baby teeth.
Ultimately, your child may require orthodontics to help improve the position and placement of their new teeth. But there is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Our team may recommend traditional metal braces to children with crooked or gap teeth, teeth that jut forward, or if they have an underbite or overbite. Fortunately, for relatively minor cases, there is also Invisalign Teen—a comparable option that is removable and nearly invisible.
Priding ourselves on our bedside manner
With a kid-friendly team of dedicated and skilled dental professionals, we strive to make dental exams less stressful and more fun. Our ultimate goal is to help your children achieve healthy smiles while they are young and maintain them into the future as they grow and mature. Forestbrook Dental is a reputable children dentist in Markham proudly serving our local community and beyond.
We work to develop positive relationships with our patients and their families so everyone feels good about visiting our dental clinic. Although we understand you and your children have many commitments and responsibilities throughout the year, it is crucial to keep up with checkups twice annually. This will help ensure our dentists can catch any oral health concerns early, help your child develop good habits, and hopefully keep dental visits comfortable and familiar.