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The best dental care for children requires patience and a kid-friendly approach.

Parents trust us and children love us! Macleod Trail Dental is a family dental clinic dedicated to your children’s unique dental needs. Dr. Jennifer Silver and associates welcome you to our kid-friendly office where your children can become comfortable and play in our well-stocked toy room — it’s the little things that make a visit to the dentist that much more enjoyable for you and your kids!

Early childhood dental care is essential for the development of strong and healthy teeth. Children who learn to care for their teeth are more likely to practice good hygiene habits later in life. This pays off with fewer dental problems (and costs!).

Research shows there are several habits during the first two years of a child’s life that increase their risk for developing tooth decay. Risk factors include:

  • Improper brushing habits
  • Poor food choices
  • An unbalanced diet

Developing cavities in primary teeth further increases the risk of developing them in permanent teeth. Therefore, we recommend you bring in your child for their first children’s dental visit as early as six months or when their first tooth breaks through.

Dental Services For Children

It is our mission to offer your family the best dental care for kids possible. We offer a wide range of children’s dental care services for our young patients. These include:

Regular Dental Check-Ups

Regular dental checkups determine the health of your child’s mouth, teeth, gums, cheeks, and tongue. At each visit, we look for issues such as cavities, tooth decay, or fillings that may need to be replaced. As a result, we provide you with an ongoing assessment of your child’s oral health.

We always recommend a dental check-up at least twice a year for most children. Schedules may vary depending on each child’s growth pattern, risk for tooth decay, and oral hygiene.

Dental Cleanings

Our children’s dental care services include dental cleanings. We use gentle cleaning techniques to polish your child’s teeth and remove any plaque, tartar buildup or stains. We help kids maintain a bright and healthy smile.

Home Dental Care Instruction & Nutritional Advice

Our dedicated dental team strives to promote a positive dental attitude in young patients. First, we create a supportive and pleasant environment to foster your child’s lifelong dental health. Second, we always take the time to discuss the best oral practices with your child using kid-friendly communication methods. We provide home-care instruction and nutritional advice through explanation, demonstration and careful teaching. We promise, we never lecture! Humour, patience, and fun are our greatest tools. Of course, a small prize box for our little patients doesn’t hurt!

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Benefits of Dental Care for Children

The most important aspect of oral hygiene for children is to take care of your child’s teeth from the first months of their life. If their milk teeth are healthy, there is a bigger chance for stronger, healthier permanent teeth.

The following are just some of the many benefits of investing in your child’s oral health:

Helps Establish Important Dental Habits

Even though a child’s primary teeth will be replaced by permanent ones, parents should still begin teaching their child good dental habits from a young age.

A child who learns how to care for their teeth early in life will be more likely to practice good oral hygiene later on in life —resulting in fewer dental problems down the road!

Prevents Disease

This is one of the most important aspects of dental care for children. Oral issues such as dental cavities can expose a child’s body to a host of other germs. When inhaled through the mouth, such germs can enter the bloodstream directly via sores in the mouth. By practicing good oral hygiene and visiting the dentist regularly, your child’s mouth will be healthier, protecting them from other physical ailments.

Reduces Dental Pain

Dental cavities are a common health problem for many children that can make eating difficult or even make it hard to concentrate in school. However, with proper toothbrushing and flossing techniques, as well as seeing the dentist on a regular basis, the incidence of cavities in will be reduced — preventing many sources of dental pain!

Saves You Money Over Time

Corrective surgery is extremely expensive which is why our dentists’ take a preventative approach to your child’s dental health. Preventing oral issues through brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will be far less costly than having to deal with caries, gum disease and tooth loss that come from poor dental practices.

A good reminder: your child is always watching you! Parents with good oral habits set an example for children to follow. As soon as your baby is born you should begin caring for their gums and emerging teeth. It only takes a few minutes a day but it will lead to a lifetime of happy, healthy smiles.

Exceptions To Our Children's Dental Services

Children’s dentistry is not a term or specialty recognized by the Alberta Dental Association & College. A certified specialist in children’s dentistry is called a Pediatric Dentist.

Dr. Silver and her dental associates provide children’s dental procedures as part of their general dentist license. If the case requires Pediatric dentistry, we will refer you to one of our trusted Pediatric Dentists.

Our team of Calgary dentists are privileged to be treating second and third-generation family members. We believe that quality service is accomplished through conservative dental practices. As well as, through the development of long-lasting relationships with our patients. As such, we are constantly aspiring to provide you and your children with the treatment options you require, all within a warm and caring environment.

Have questions about our children's dental services?

For more information regarding dental care, or if you have any questions and concerns about your child’s oral health, please feel free to give us a call anytime at 403-253-1248.

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FAQs

The Canadian Dental Association suggests that parents should begin to think of taking their children to the dentist around the age of one, or when the first set of teeth begin to erupt. A child’s first dental appointment is important for several reasons:

  1. It familiarizes them with the dentist’s office and introduces them to healthy dental care routines so that they can build healthy dental hygiene habits for the rest of their life.
  2. After the initial dental exam and teeth cleaning, dentists and hygienists can offer suggestions to parents about any specific techniques children might need. This helps to avoid cavities and maintain healthy gums.
  3. Starting kids’ dentist appointments early and returning for regular check-ups allows any problems to be identified and solved sooner rather than later.

You’ll likely schedule dental appointments for your children up to twice a year. More often than not, we hear that a child was nervous about visiting us. We’ve included a few tactics below to help you prepare your child for their first dental appointment:

1) Make a casual visit to our clinic without an appointment a few days ahead of schedule. Allow your child(ren) to spend time in the waiting room playing for a short while. This time will familiarize them with the area and toys in it.

2) Even if you think your children are too young to understand, explain the cleaning process. Give a demonstration using a toy so the kids know exactly what to expect. Begin with discussions a few days ahead and build up to the actual appointment day.

3) Arrive ahead of time! It also helps if you don’t have any other tasks planned for the day. You’ll feel relaxed and unhurried and relay your ease to your child. Make sure your child has the time to play and settle it until it is time for the appointment.

4) Lastly, we recommend bringing a much-loved toy along so they feel more secure. Or, bring along a familiar book that your kids can spend time reading while they wait for their turn.

Our dentist will take the time to hold out each instrument and explain what it does. She may also name each one like Whirry Head or Pointy Head. Playing games with mirror reflections and the sippy cup adds to the fun factor.

If your child has significant anxiety when visiting the dentist, we offer a few solutions. If your child is extremely anxious, we will provide a referral to specialists such as Pedodontists or Oral Surgeons who may use sedation. For mild to moderate anxiety, we can use nitrous oxide (laughing gas) in-office to help your child remain calm.

About The Caring Dentists of Macleod Trail Dental

Our dentists use their expertise in general and cosmetic dentistry to provide the best, most caring care possible. They love answering dental questions and finding the right solutions for all of our patients. If you need a new dentist in SW Calgary that you can trust, Macleod Trail Dental is here to help!

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