A Pleasant Visit
At Wade Abbott Dentistry & Associates we believe in making a child’s first dental visit a pleasant one. The Canadian Dental Association encourages the assessment of infants by a dentist within six months of the eruption of the first tooth or by one year of age. The goal is to have your child visit the dentist before there is a problem with his or her teeth. In most cases, an examination every six months will let your child’s dentist catch small problems early.
There are three reasons to take your child for a dental checkup:
- To ensure mom/dad are taking good care of their child’s oral health at home.
- Your dentist can find problems right away and fix them.
- Your child can learn that going to the dentist helps prevent problems.
A Step Above
We make the extra efforts to ensure that your child is comfortable with us. Our caring staff and child-friendly environment (with TVs) makes Wade Abbott Dentistry & Associates a welcoming place for your child.
What to expect at your child’s first appointment
Depending on the child’s age and tolerance, the first appointment may consist of an examination only. Some children that are too small to sit in the dental chair may be examined by the “knee to knee “ technique. This is where the parent and dentist sit knee to knee with each other while the parent holds and slowly lays the child on their legs. This allows the dentist to get a better look around the mouth while still being cared for by the parent.
In other cases, we take digital dental radiographs ( x-rays) using low dose radiation to look for cavities, developing teeth, as well as any potential abnormalities that can occur. This allows the dentist to have a full picture of your child’s oral health and to ensure your child is getting the highest level of care.
Our registered dental hygienist will then complete a prophy on your child. A prophylaxis is a dental cleaning to remove any plaque or food debris left between teeth and around the gums. If left untreated, this can lead to cavities and gum disease.
And finally, if your child is age appropriate, our registered dental hygienist will complete a fluoride treatment to decrease the chances of your child developing dental decay. The hygienist and dentist may also recommend sealants to be placed on the child’s permanent teeth to help prevent dental decay in the future.
Lip and Tongue Tie Revision
Frenectomy is a procedure used to correct a congenital condition when the lingual (tongue) or labial (lip) frenulum is tight resulting in restriction of function. This may potentially result in difficulty of breastfeeding and other concerns such as dental, digestive, and speech issues. If your lactation consultant or doctor feels that this procedure is warranted, then your baby may have a tongue tie and/or lip tie.
Some of your baby's symptoms may include:
- Poor latch
- Colic and/or reflux symptoms
- Poor weight gain
- Continuous feedings
- Gumming or chewing of the nipple
To learn more about the lip and tongue tie revision solutions offered by Dr. Geoff Smith, click the link below.