Children's Dentistry in Guelph
Welcome to Scottsdale Dental for Kids!
Our team has years of experience and training for treatment of children with great care and comfort.
We provide any and all dental care your child might need, from infants to teens: including dental cleanings, check-ups, fillings etc - and we have sedation available to ensure comfort.
Services for Children
- Comprehensive examination and check-ups
- Dental Cleanings
- Fillings - including fun, colored ones!
- Laughing Gas Sedation
- Orthodontic Evaluations
- Sports Mouthguards
We are committed to provide the highest standard of dental care for children in Guelph, ON, the surrounding area and all of Wellington County. For your child we will strive to do the following:
- Make your child’s experience at the dentist as pleasant as possible because we understand that a very important part of our job is to help create positive memories.
- Preserve your child’s natural teeth for life and help him/her maintain their oral health at an optimum level.
- Treat your child’s dental needs with the highest level of care, skill, and comfort.
- Maintain a high level of professionalism and courtesy. Maintain a safe, warm, fun and healthy environment for your child.
- To assist children of various anxiety levels to complete their required pediatric dental treatment in a manner that will set them on the path to building a trusting relationship with their dental team. We provide Sedation (Sleep Dentistry) for children with extensive needs and/or those who are too young to co-operate.
We are trained to help children overcome fear and anxiety, and we will work closely with you, as parents, to ensure that your child has a positive experience at every dental visit. So if you're looking for a Guelph Kids Dentist, we would be happy to assist you and your family!
"The number of preschoolers requiring extensive dental work suggests that many other parents make the same mistake. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted an increase, the first in 40 years, in the number of preschoolers with cavities in a study five years ago. But dentists nationwide say they are seeing more preschoolers at all income levels with 6 to 10 cavities or more. The level of decay, they added, is so severe that they often recommend using general anesthesia because young children are unlikely to sit through such extensive procedures while they are awake. "
Frequently Asked Questions About Children's Teeth
What should I use to clean my baby’s teeth?
A toothbrush will remove plaque bacteria that can lead to decay. Any soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head, preferably one designed specifically for infants, should be used at least once a day at bedtime.
When should I take my child to the dentist for the first check-up?
In order to prevent dental problems, your child should see a family dentist when the first tooth appears, or no later than his/her first birthday.
Are baby teeth really that important to my child?
Primary, or “baby,” teeth are important for many reasons. Not only do they help children speak clearly and chew naturally, they also aid in forming a path that permanent teeth can follow when they are ready to erupt. Primary teeth also affect the development of speech and add to an attractive appearance. While the front 4 teeth last until 6-7 years of age, the back teeth (canines and molars) aren’t replaced until age 10-13.
Are thumbsucking and pacifier habits harmful for a child’s teeth?
Thumb and pacifier sucking habits will generally only become a problem if they go on for a very long period of time. Most children stop these habits on their own, but if they are still sucking their thumbs or fingers when the permanent teeth arrive, a mouth appliance may be recommended by your family dentist.
How can I prevent decay caused by nursing and what is baby bottle tooth decay?
Avoid nursing children to sleep or putting anything other than water in their bed-time bottle. Also, learn the proper way to brush and floss your child’s teeth. Take your child to a family dentist regularly to have his/her teeth and gums checked. The first dental visit should be scheduled by your child’s first birthday.
One serious form of decay among young children is baby bottle tooth decay. This condition is caused by frequent and long exposures of an infant’s teeth to liquids that contain sugar. Among these liquids are milk (including breast milk), formula, fruit juice, even watered down fruit juice, and other sweetened drinks. Putting a baby to bed for a nap or at night with a bottle other than water can cause serious and rapid tooth decay. Sweet liquid pools around the child’s teeth giving plaque bacteria an opportunity to produce acids that attack tooth enamel.
How often does my child need to see the family dentist?
A check-up every six months is recommended in order prevent cavities and other dental problems. However, your family dentist can tell you when and how often your child should visit based on their personal oral health.
When Will My Baby Start Getting Teeth?
Teething, the process of baby (primary) teeth coming through the gums into the mouth, is variable among individual babies. Some babies get their teeth early and some get them late. In general the first baby teeth are usually the lower front (anterior) teeth and usually begin erupting between the age of 6-8 months.
When Do Children Get Their Grown-Up Teeth?
Children’s teeth begin forming before birth. As early as 4 months, the first primary (or baby) teeth to erupt through the gums are the lower central incisors, followed closely by the upper central incisors. Although all 20 primary teeth usually appear by age 3, the pace and order of their eruption varies.
Permanent teeth begin appearing around age 6, starting with the first molars and lower central incisors. This process continues until approximately age 21.
Adults have 28 permanent teeth, or up to 32 including the third molars (or wisdom teeth).
Toothpaste: when should we begin using it and how much should we use?
The sooner the better! With the eruption of the first teeth, clean your child’s gum with a soft infant toothbrush. For children under 2 years old, use only a smear of fluoridated toothpaste. For children over 2, a pea-sized amount of fluoridated toothpaste should be used. Remember that most children under 7 years of age do not have the dexterity to brush their teeth effectively, so work with your child to teach good brushing habits. When looking for a toothpaste for your child make sure to pick one that is recommended by the Canadian Dental Association. These toothpastes have undergone testing to insure they are safe to use.
How do I make my child’s diet safe for his teeth?
Make sure your child has a balanced diet, including one serving each of: fruits and vegetables, breads and cereals, milk and dairy products, and meat fish and eggs. Limiting the servings of sugars and starches will also aid in protecting your child’s teeth from decay. You can also ask your family dentist to help you select foods that protect your children’s teeth.
How do dental sealants work?
Sealants work by filling in the crevasses on the chewing surfaces of the teeth, where four out of five cavities in children are found. This shuts out food particles that could get caught in the teeth, causing cavities. The application is fast and comfortable and can effectively protect teeth for many years.