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Your child's first visit is about introducing them to the dental office. We recommend 

your child's first check up at age 1 or around 18 months. 

Children/Pediatiric

Dr Strater Crowfoot DDS, MSD

 

    This is our pediatric specialist and his family. If you feel your child might be overly nervous about visiting us or has extensive care needed, please consider booking with Dr Strater. He has specifically trained in children's dentistry and is happy to help with all of your child's dental needs

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Good Dental Hygiene Starts Early

Prepare you child for their first dental visit by showing them how to brush and floss on their own teeth or on a stuffed animal. Maybe reading a dental storybook or sharing your own positive experiences about the dentist can help them feel prepared. 

Preventative Care for Your Child

At Hobbema Dental, our goal is to focus on oral education and disease prevention. Our cleanings, hygiene instructions, and exams will equip your child with the knowledge he or she needs to know to maintain strong and healthy teeth.

If your child requires dental treatment, we recommend treating it as quickly as possible to minimize the use of any invasive methods. We believe that proactive and preventive actions are critical to providing children with the foundation they need for a bright and healthy smile for life.

Tips for Preventative Care

  • First check up at 1 years of age

  • Schedule regular check ups and cleanings every 6 months

  • Have your child brush their teeth at least twice a day with a soft bristle brush

  • Make sure your child brushes the top of their tongue to remove excess food and keep their breath fresh

  • Floss at least once per day

  • Have your child rinse their mouth out after eating to remove excess food from around the teeth

  • Eat a balanced diet and try to avoid sugary drinks and foods to prevent cavities and maintain good oral hygiene

  • Choose good snack choices like raw vegetables, cheese, yogurt, fruit

  • ask your dentist about dental sealants (this is a plastic protective coating that can be applied to chewing surfaces on the back teeth where decay often starts)

Fewer Issues Later On

Through dental care early on in your child’s life, preventative actions sets your child up for healthier teeth and a brighter smile. Providing your child with quality dental care helps to avoid the development of dental anxieties and fear in the future.

This also provides the foundation for establishing a healthy routine for regular visits to the dentist. A habit of consistent dental care reduces the cost of future dental needs and expensive procedures in the long term.

Treatment Options

If your child has cavities, it is important to get dental treatment as soon as possible even though your child may only have baby teeth. If left untreated, cavities on baby teeth can become a deep hole that results in pain and infection, and can even cause malnutrition and dehydration if left over time.

Filling, stainless steel, white shell crowns, extractions and space maintainers are examples of dental treatment for children who have cavities.After a dental exam, your dentist will discuss your child’s treatment as well as treatment options. Nitrous or pediatric surgery under General Anaesthesia are options if children are very young or unwilling and unable to sit still.

 

 

Dental Health is an important part of overall health. Having a consistent Dental Hygiene program at home and with regularly scheduled visits goes a long ways to a Bright, Healthy, and Happy Smile.

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