Thoroughly clean your infant’s gums after each feeding with a water-soaked infant cloth. This stimulates the gum tissue and removes food.
If your baby sleeps with a bottle or sippy cup at naptime or bedtime, fill it with water only.
Lift your baby's lip and watch for changes in colour, lines or spots on your child's teeth as these may be signs of potential problems.
Brushing: when your child reaches the age of 3, teach them proper brushing techniques with a small, soft-bristled toothbrush and a small amount of fluoridated toothpaste. Children don’t really have the dexterity to brush properly until age 7 or 8, but it’s important that they love brushing and caring for their own teeth. So before then, it is entirely the parents’ responsibility to ensure the teeth are cleaned properly.
Flossing: as soon as baby molars finish erupting (by age 2), you should start flossing them with a floss pick (a small handle with a small piece of floss attached).
Brush twice a day, floss once a day.
Visit the dentist every 6 months to check for cavities in the primary teeth and for possible developmental problems.
Almost all communities in BC do not have fluoride in water, including Richmond. If you are not using fluoridated toothpaste for your child, discuss the need for supplement options with your dentist. It should be noted that not all children are candidates for fluoride supplements, and with a well-balanced diet and low sugar intake, most children do well without fluoride supplements.
Thumb sucking and pencil biting habits could potentially lead to occlusion problems. Be sure to notify your dentist of such behaviour.
Ask your dentist about sealant applications to protect the chewing surfaces of tooth surfaces.
Avoid carbonated and sweetened drinks as they will cause a significant breakdown of the tooth structure.
Depending on your child’s age, our team’s approach is catered to each child’s personality and stage of development. For example, we may examine a child sitting on his/her parent’s lap; while those able to sit on their own can even get their teeth counted and “brushed”. Our team will go over oral hygiene, diet and habits with parents. Remember, prevention is key, even to our younger patients.
You know your child best and it is always helpful when parents engage in their children’s health care. However, if you feel that you might give your child undue stress, we can help. We are confident that your child will not associate dentistry with pain or needles after his or her first filling appointment, so avoid words like that. Leave it to us. Just say, “Let’s catch those sugar bugs tomorrow.” Tell them it’s so wonderful that they are doing something to help their teeth get healthy and happy.
Pregnancy can predispose women to gum disease. It is very important to keep up with your flossing and brushing, and also to still visit your dentist while expecting. Bayview Dental Centre sees many young and growing families in Steveston. We know your needs and will make your visit as convenient and pleasant as possible.
This myth perpetuates that the unborn child will suck the calcium out of the mother's teeth and she will lose a tooth. As a matter of fact, calcium is absorbed from the mother's bones and not her teeth. Because of this, the mother requires a sufficient supply of calcium. With a proper diet, daily brushing and flossing, and regular dental examinations, the mother does not have to worry about this myth.