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Children’s dental health is a wide topic. As a parent, you naturally want what’s best for your children, even if they don’t always want to cooperate. Children’s oral healthcare is one area where many parents face difficulties because children are often reluctant to brush their teeth, floss, and visit the dentist. But teaching children about the significance of good oral healthcare and proper practices is an important part of being a parent because there’s a connection between a healthy mouth and a healthy body. For one thing, untreated gum disease can lead to a lifetime of problems with your teeth, as well as serious respiratory diseases. Because of this, dental education and proper habits should start early in life, and children should actually visit a family dentist within their first year of life, or within six months of their first tooth erupting.

 

There’s a great deal to teach kids about proper dental and oral healthcare, so today we’re going to go over everything you need to know about the subject, including the importance of preventative care, common issues dentists encounter with children’s teeth, treatments you can expect to receive, and the restorative services that are available at our West Island dental clinic.

Preventative Oral Hygiene Is a Key to Lifelong Overall Health

When it comes to educating children about oral healthcare and prevention, it’s important to focus not just on good practices, but also why oral health is such a big responsibility. Kids don’t necessarily need to know about the connection between gum disease and lung problems, but they should be made to understand that teeth are part of their bodies, and that good oral care is part of maintaining a healthy body. Here are some other reasons why education and prevention are so important:

 

  • Healthy teeth mean a healthy smile, and this increases self-confidence
  • Good oral care can prevent painful dental problems
  • Fixing and restoring teeth after the damage has been done is expensive
  • Healthy teeth mean fewer trips to the dentist
  • Strong teeth are necessary for eating and speaking properly

 

When kids understand why it’s so vital to keep their teeth clean, then they’ll be more likely to start good habits and maintain them for the rest of their lives. Proper oral hygiene involves daily brushing and flossing, regular trips to the dentist, and replacing your toothbrush every three to four months. Practising these steps will prevent things like gum disease, tooth decay, and other oral diseases.

 

Toddlers and Children’s Dental Health

Dental care for infants is different than it is for toddlers and adults, and instead of using toothpaste to clean the teeth, you can rub their gums with a wet cloth or wet baby toothbrush after feeding or nursing. Pacifiers should be cleaned daily to remove bacteria. Finally, for older babies, provide a bottle of water at bedtime instead of juice or milk to prevent decay.

 

When your child is a toddler, it’s time to introduce them to brushing after breakfast and dinner. Be sure to use a small toothbrush with ultra-soft bristles and a non-fluoride toothpaste. Use a dollop of toothpaste that’s no bigger than a grain of rice until your child gets into the habit of spitting out the toothpaste, and then you can upgrade to a pea-sized dollop. It’s also important to get your child into the habit of flossing every day, especially if his or her teeth are touching because this can increase the likelihood of cavities.

Common Issues Seen by a Children’s Dentist

Baby Bottle Syndrome

 

Children’s teeth are susceptible to all the same problems as adult teeth, including cavities and tooth decay. This is referred to as baby bottle syndrome, and it most often affects the upper teeth at the front of the mouth. It’s especially common with children who often go to bed with bottles, or who are given bottles frequently as pacifiers.

 

The reason it happens is that bacteria in the mouth feed on the sugar in milk and other drinks, and when they feed they produce an acid that’s powerful enough to damage teeth.

 

However, there are also other causes of baby tooth decay, including that parents can pass cavity-causing bacteria from their own mouths to their baby’s (through sharing utensils, for instance), and this can increase the chances of tooth decay and cavities. The best ways to avoid this include:

 

  • Not sharing utensils or otherwise passing saliva
  • Wiping your baby’s teeth after feedings
  • Not putting juice or other sugary drinks in bottles
  • Avoiding putting your baby to bed with a bottle

 

Thumb Sucking

Most children suck their thumbs at least for a short time, and most stop by the age of four. However, if your child’s adult teeth come in and he or she hasn’t given up the habit, then it can lead to tooth alignment problems, growth abnormalities, and even changes to the roof of the mouth. There are many tactics you can try to get your child to stop sucking his or her thumb, including praise, talking to your family dentist, and addressing potential underlying stress or anxiety.

Malocclusion

Malocclusion refers to a number of problems with the bite, including crooked teeth, crowded teeth, and an upper and lower jaw that don’t meet properly. If you notice signs that your child has a bad bite, it’s important to visit a children’s dental care specialist, because early treatment is the only way to prevent further problems, such as increased risk of cavities, chipped teeth, and improper jaw development.

Treatments for Common Childhood Dental Problems

One of the most common treatments that pediatric dentists perform is filling cavities because even cavities in baby teeth need to be filled properly. The reason for this is that tooth decay is caused by bacteria that can spread, and that bacteria can even cause damage to permanent teeth before they erupt if it’s not addressed.

Another common treatment that dentists perform on children is sealing permanent molars, which involves capping molars with plastic seals to prevent cavities. Your dentist can also make recommendations regarding malocclusion, including treatment suggestions or providing a referral to an orthodontist.

 

Restorative Care Services from Your Trusted Family Dentist in West Island

 

Sometimes, restorative services are needed to fix problems like chipped teeth and other issues, and it’s important to know what services are available. If your child does chip a tooth, the procedure to correct it is similar to filling a cavity, unless it’s a front tooth, in which case a process called bonding is used. This ensures the repair isn’t noticeable when the child smiles. Like with cavities, it’s important to fix chipped teeth even if they’re baby teeth because unaddressed problems like this can lead to infections and low self-esteem.

 

Another restorative procedure that’s sometimes required for children’s oral healthcare is space maintainers, which are used to hold a place for a permanent tooth. This is often necessary when a baby tooth falls out early, because if other permanent teeth erupt and take up too much space, then there won’t be enough room for the tooth that fell out.

 

Beyond these services, our dental clinic is also capable of performing a number of other dental procedures for the whole family, including:

 

  • Crowns
  • Veneers
  • Implants
  • Bridges
  • Gum treatment

 

Dental health is important for overall health, but it’s also crucial for good self-esteem, having the confidence to smile and speak, and proper chewing technique. Although many children can be resistant to oral hygiene at first, starting young can help ease the process, and it will ensure that your children understand the importance of proper oral care throughout their lives.

 

If you do encounter any problems with your children’s dental health, there is help available nearby, and there are solutions to correct any issues and prevent future problems as well. Contact our family dental clinic in Pierrefonds today to schedule an appointment.

 

Centre Dentaire Pierrefonds 
13950 Boul Gouin O, #200
Pierrefonds, QC, H8Z 1Y1
Canada
(514) 624-1935

 

By: Robyn Maxine Eidinger

 

We all knew the time was coming but did we expect it too come quite so fast? I know I didn’t. It seems like only yesterday we were sleep training, bottle feeding and changing diapers. Fast forward five years, and we are preparing both physically and mentally for our not so little babies to go off to big kid school.

If you are anything like me, you have been thinking about this for quite some time. Thinking of all the ways in which you can prepare both you and your child for the transition and making endless lists to ensure nothing is forgotten. I will be completely honest, this is all new to me as well. This is my first baby that has seemingly turned into a big kid over night and I want to make sure that I have covered all my basses so that when the big day comes, we are ready or as ready as we can be.

  • Talk to them

Change, although exciting for some can be extremely challenging for others. If your child is anything like mine, then change is not something that comes easily. We have dealt with this year after year when they change classes at daycare and although she is in the same environment, knows all the kids and teachers, it is still a huge transition that requires months of pep talks. In the end, she comes around and realizes that it really isn’t that scary after all and embraces it. I am a big believer, that although they are young and might not fully understand what we are saying, it is so important to communicate. Now, not only will she be changing schools for the fist time but none of her friends are going to be attending the same school either. At first, she was petrified at the thought of starting kindergarten but she seems to have come around and after countless conversations, she finally seems excited about starting the next chapter in her life…. let’s see!

  • Making friends

Being at daycare since they were little has its benefits, but in my eyes, it also has some drawbacks. Making friends is not really a skill that is learned because the kids they are with, for the most part, are the only friends they have ever known. I know that for my little one, being in unfamiliar social settings is daunting. Although she is a very friendly and outgoing, when put in these situations, she becomes extremely shy and closed off. To try and make her transition easier and to help facilitate or jump start making friends, I have reached out to other moms via social media that have children starting kindergarten at the same school, and over the course of the summer, we have been having playdates. I am really hoping that this makes her feel more at ease school starts.

  • School supplies

How overwhelming are you all feeling about school supplies? I can remember when I was in school, school supply shopping was my favorite part of the year but now I completely understand why my mom dreaded it so much. For one, it can be quite costly! Of course, we all want our kids to be dressed in nice, new clothes on the first day, we want them to be sporting the most in style or trending running shoes, lunch bags and school bags alike. But let’s be real, it can get out of hand really fast. My approach is to just do what I can and to ensure that she has a say in what she gets. So I have been giving her 3 choices, from that she has to choose the one she wants. It’s a give and take really but it works and I’m not going broke in the process. In regards to the actual school supplies, I will be hunting for the best bargains, that is for sure! I am thankful that our school is not being overly specific with brand name items. I have been told by others, that the kindergarten supply list is nothing in comparison to other years. I guess, this is just the beginning…

  • Lunches

I have been told by many that making lunches is probably the hardest thing about leaving daycare and entering into school. I know we had it easy, at daycare my kids were given three meals and 2 snacks a day. I never had to think twice about lunches. Thankfully my little one is a good eater so I’m not overly concerned. Nonetheless, I have started to make lists of possible lunch ideas and plan on making extra at dinner time to be able to send leftovers on occasion. My plan is to prepare as much as I can on the weekend so that I really don’t have any additional stress in the morning because getting out of the house is a challenge in itself.

  • Let’s not forget about mom

So, yes, this transition will be extremely hard for the kids. It’s a new school, full of new faces, it’s to be expected. But let’s admit, it is just as hard for mom as it is for the kids. We have to come to terms with the fact that our little ones really aren’t that little anymore. That it is time to close one chapter and open another. I know I am excited, I am so proud of the person my daughter has become and I know that school with be so great for her. On the other hand, I am petrified for her. I am scared that she won’t fit in, that she won’t like her teachers, the school or just about anything. We have to remember that they sense our hesitation and fears. Please take the time for you, to prepare yourself for the transition as well. It is a huge transition for us as well, maybe not physically but definitely emotionally. My last piece of advice would be to find a way to document the big day. It might just be the beginning of kindergarten, and to some, it’s not be a big deal but to the kids, it is huge. You will appreciate having something to look back at to remember this chapter in your lives.

Keep in mind that you are not alone, all the other first-time kindergarten moms are in the same boat as you. They likely share the same excitement, fears and are just as unsure about things as you are. So, take the opportunity to connect with others and to lean on them if you have too. Who knows, you might just end up making some new, long lasting friends of your own.

 

 

Recently I met up with a local mom Entrepreneur and learned all about her amazing business called- MessageFromTheToothFairy.ca.

How cool would it be for your child to receive a letter in the mail from the tooth fairy? it’s the absolute best mail to receive. She created this product for her own kids and then decided to expand it to everyone as it’s just so cool.

There are different personalized options and packages available to choose from. The basic package includes free shipping as well. You gotta check it out.

Check out our video review on this super cool product. A Must have for your child!

 

 

Here are some of the packages available:

 

Package 1

Tooth Fairy Coin

Personalized Letter with Tooth Fairy Seal and Tooth Fairy Coin (size 38.1 mm, larger than a toonie)

$19.99 cad and includes shipping.

 

Package 2

Super Tooth Coin

 

Personalized Letter with Tooth Fairy Seal and Super Tooth Coin (size 38.1 mm, larger than a toonie)

$19.99 Cad and includes Shipping

 

Package 3

Tooth Fairy Pillow

 

Personalized Letter with Seal,Coin, Personalized Pillow (7″x7″), Tattoo, Toy, Wand & Signed Card

$29.99 cad plus shipping

 

Package 4

Super Tooth Pillow

 

Personalized Letter with Seal,Coin, Personalized Pillow (7″x7″), Tattoo, Toy, Wand & Signed Card

$29.99 cad plus shipping

 

These are a few of the packages available. There are more options so head over and check out the website for more information.

 

I was so lucky to attend the advance screening of the Incredibles 2 last night in 3D. I was so excited to see this movie… and it did not disappoint!!!  We have been waiting a long time for this super hero family to return to the big screen. Disney Pixar- did such an amazing job.

This film surrounds Elastigirl and her career as superhero. As a working mom and entrepreneur, I could relate to so much of this film. The MomGuilt is Real! Her need to succeed in the work place for her family is something any mom or dad can relate to. We laughed and laughed throughout this whole movie. I think Jack Jack steals the show…. he is our fave. It picks up right where the last one left off.  So many great things to walk away from this movie. The need for family and working as a team. Everyone has a place and working together will always prevail.

Grab the family and head out this weekend to see this amazing movie by #Disney #Pixar. A Family Favourite!! <3

It comes to theatres Friday June 15th! I almost want to go see it again… and again… and again….  🙂

Check out the full trailer here. You don’t want to miss out on this great family Classic!

 

 

 

By: Robyn Eidinger

 

Planning a vacation near or far can certainly prove to be a challenge. Throw kids in to the mix and things go from being challenging to sometimes chaotic. Whether it’s packing, planning or everything in between, travelling with kids can really stress some people out but if you plan accordingly, make your lists and checking them twice, the whole process can be much more enjoyable for everyone.

The idea of a vacation can mean something different for each person and is definitely dependent on preference, lifestyle and ones needs, not to mention budget. Once you determine what is best for you and your family, then the fun can begin.

The planning fun that is. If your choice of a vacation involves a hotel, there a few things to take into consideration.

  • Depending on the ages of your children, finding out if the hotel and surroundings are easily accessible for strollers and/or little legs is a must. I just came back from a vacation and although the hotel was considered a family friendly resort and I did my research and read all the reviews, I wish I would have asked just how family friendly it really was. The amenities were definitely family oriented but the grounds were not and lugging around a stroller ended up being very hard not to mention frustrating.
  • Another important consideration is the sleeping arrangements. Is a bed ideal for your children? If they need a crib, does the hotel provide one? Would it be a better idea to bring your own? If you are anything like me, the less I have to travel with, the better. Unfortunately, even though they assure you a crib will be available upon check-in, does not necessarily mean that there will actually be one available. We learned that, not once but twice.
  • Another big thing to consider when travelling with kids is food. We all love food but I know many people have a hard time finding food to feed their picky eaters on a regular basis, while travelling, the choices may be slim. One thing I have learned over the course of many, many family trips and vacations is to come prepared. Of course, bringing your entire kitchen is not possible but at least have some familiar snacks with you and maybe even some food pouches that have all kinds of nutritional ingredients so that if the food choices aren’t great, at least you will know your little ones are getting adequate nutrition for the most part.
  • Another important thing to consider when travelling with little ones is what gear do you need and what gear will be allowed. Not all strollers will be allowed to be checked at the gate so finding out before hand will make things easier. Also, will you need car seats? Get all the information you can before hand to ensure that when the time comes, you are not stuck in a bad situation.

 

Once you have sorted out all the fine details of your accommodations and ensured that it meets all of your needs, now we must get down to business and pack! This is the fun part! For some, this can me the most unnerving part of vacation but can definitely be made easier. When we finally book that vacation, we are excited, when we are there we hopefully have the time of our lives but the in between, the getting ready to go, can be really difficult. I know for me, the packing and preparing is probably the most challenging or at least comes a close second behind the actual travelling. There are a few ways that help make packing a little easier for everyone.

  • First, make lists! All kinds of lists and make those lists far in advance. Waiting until the last minute definitely won’t help the situation or ease the stress. I make one list for each family member and a separate list for carry-on. I like to start off with the kids since they tend to have much more to pack than myself.
  • Once the packing for the kids is complete and I have purchased anything that they might have outgrown or that I was missing, I automatically feel a sense of relief. I know most people would say less is more, but from my experience, always more. You just never know what will happen and since their clothes are so small, they typically don’t take up all that much room. Unless of course you are going somewhere where laundry is a possibility. However, I don’t know about you but for me, the last thing I want to do on vacation is laundry so I always bring more than needed. I have been that parent that runs out of clean clothes for one of the kids where laundry isn’t an option and let me tell you, it ain’t fun! You can always hand wash but again, not something I want to worry about.
  • For myself, I stick to basics. I pack items that can easily mix and match with other things and keep it minimal. I used to be the type to pack my whole closet but once having kids, I realized that its just not feasible. I let my husband take care of his own things since having to pack for myself and the kids is more than enough for one person to handle.

 

Now let’s talk about our carry-ons or if travelling by car, the easily accessible items.

  • In my bag I will always make sure that I have a change of clothes, pajamas and essential toiletries. If travelling south, a bathing suit, sunglasses and sunscreen is added. I also pack snacks because we all know that airport food and restaurant stops can get pricey and take time, time that we might not want to waste.
  • One very important thing to consider and to add to this bag is the travel entertainment for the youngsters. Travelling can sometimes seem like an eternity and when you have bored, restless kids with you, it does not make travelling enjoyable for anyone, so definitely plan ahead! I am typically not a tablet or electronic type of mom so I always make sure I have a variety of other fun stuff for the kids so that electronics really become a last resort. I will usually bring a few of the following: coloring pages and crayons, compact board games, cards, books, little puzzles, a small bag of Lego, their favourite but replaceable toys, miniature doodle board, or really anything they enjoying playing with that is compact enough to get thrown in to the bag.

All to say, do what you can before hand to allow your travelling and vacation to be as enjoyable as possible and being over prepared is far better than being underprepared. One important thing to remember, the majority of the time, if something is forgotten it can be purchased either on the way or once you reach your destination. So, don’t stress the little things and take the time to truly enjoy and appreciate all the good things a vacation has to offer.