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Preventive Dentistry for Kids

When it comes to your child’s oral health, prevention is key. With preventive dentistry, we can work on strengthening the foundation of your child’s healthy smile. Preventive dental care, along with a diligent at-home brushing and flossing routine, can help prevent dental issues altogether.

What To Expect At Your Preventative Treatment Appointment

At Avenue Pediatric Dentistry, we don’t just treat your kid’s cavities and tooth decay symptoms. We also teach the entire family how to keep teeth strong and healthy with preventive dental care that starts at home.
Thorough Cleaning

To help your child on the path to good oral health, a thorough cleaning will be provided. Plaque, tartar, and bacteria will be removed, and teeth will be polished and flossed. o The result is a beautiful smile they will be proud of!

X-rays

If your child’s dentist suspects a problem with their teeth, we may recommend that they have x-rays taken. These images can show the dentist what’s going on below the gum line and in between their teeth.

Comprehensive Exam

After the teeth are cleaned, and x-rays have been taken, your child’s dentist will examine their teeth, gums, and mouth to check for oral health issues such as cavities, gum disease, and abnormalities of the tissues. X-rays are also examined to ensure that every potential problem has been detected.

Treatment Plan

During the exam, your dentist will discuss the state of your child’s oral health and any potential problems that they see. A treatment plan will also be outlined with specific recommendations for resolving the issues and treatments that are tailored to your lifestyle and budget.

Preventive Treatment Options

Keeping your child’s teeth clean with regular visits to the dentist to remove stains, plaque and bacteria will help their smiles stay healthy and strong.

Brush and floss! It’s just as important for children to have a healthy mouth as it is for adults. Encourage your child to brush for 2 minutes, twice a day (morning and bedtime) with fluoride-based toothpaste. Make sure to also help them floss before bedtime to get rid of plaque, food particles, or bacteria that brushing alone can miss.

Fluoride Treatments

Fluoride treatments are applied to the teeth after any teeth cleaning. Typically, this is provided every six months, but your dentist might adjust that frequency depending on your child’s needs.

After treatment, your child’s teeth will be strengthened and “remineralized” with calcium and phosphates by the fluoride. These minerals help to prevent cavities from forming.

Dental Sealants

Dental sealants can be a good way to fight against cavities and are typically used on permanent molars. The most common reason for their use is to fill in deep crevices on back teeth which can be difficult to keep clean and therefore become more prone to cavities. The sealant creates a smooth surface allowing food debris and bacteria to be easily brushed away.

It is important to maintain sealants as they can chip and wear over time, which can increase the risk of cavities. At your child’s regular cleaning appointment, we will always inspect any sealants to ensure they are free of damage, and we will repair them if necessary.

FAQs

Below are common questions and our answers about the best way to care for children’s teeth.

What's the Proper Brushing Technique?

It’s important to replace toothbrushes or electric toothbrush heads every 3-4 months, after a cold or flu, or when the bristles begin to flare outwards. Using ADA-approved toothpaste with fluoride is also very important for maintaining your child’s good oral health.

How Should My Child Floss?

The first step (and one of the most important) is to measure 18-24 inches for the floss. The child should take the end and wrap it around their index or middle finger on one hand. It should then be wrapped around the index or middle finger on the other hand.

Encourage your child to use their thumbs and forefingers to pinch a 1-inch section of floss and move it back and forth between their teeth. They should hug the floss against one tooth and move it up and down to dislodge plaque and bacteria. This same motion should be done on the adjacent tooth.

Wind a new 1-inch piece of floss around your fingers, then move to the next tooth. Gently remove the floss from between the teeth. Repeat the process until you've reached the last tooth.

What Are The Early Signs Of Dental Trouble?

Call our office to make an appointment for your child if the are experiencing any of the following problems:

  • Mouth sores
  • Jaw pain
  • Redness or swelling of the face or gums
  • Broken teeth
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Pain when chewing or brushing
  • Dry mouth
  • Bleeding gums
  • Bad breath
  • Bad taste in mouth

Why Choose Us

We are committed to providing a warm, caring, and relaxing environment where our patients are given the highest quality of dental care tailored to their unique needs.
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Customized Care

We are committed to delivering high-quality pediatric dental care that’s tailored to each child and parent’s unique desires and concerns.
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Dental Exams

We will thoroughly examine your child's teeth and gums for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and other health problems.

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Restorative Care

Our restorative dental services can repair damaged or decayed teeth, improve an improper bite, and restore your child's smile.

Schedule an appointment with us today for a beautiful, healthy smile.

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Conveniently located in the heart of Edmonton, Avenue Pediatric Dentistry proudly deliver all aspects of dental care to infants, children, and teenagers, as well as those of all ages with special needs.

Contact

Tel: 780-428-7761
Fax: 780-428-1032
Email: info@avenuepd.ca

HOURS

Monday 7:30a.m.–3:30p.m.
Tuesday 7:30a.m.–3:30p.m.
Wednesday 7:30a.m.–3:30p.m.
Thursday 7:30a.m.–3:30p.m.
Friday 7:30–11:30a.m.