Family Dentist in Red Deer
We believe in long-term continuity of care, and we value the relationship we have with our patients. Our families have chosen our dental practice because they trust us to partner with them to care for their family – young and old. In order to earn their trust for the long-term, however, we focus on providing the best experience possible at each visit – and that looks different for different families.
Families with children or adult dependents with special needs appreciate the time and effort we put into understanding the needs of each of our patients and our gentle approach to learning about each one of them. We consider you the experts where your kids are concerned, so we make a point of listening to the comfort suggestions you offer where your children are concerned. Your input about what helps your child feel at ease will be taken to heart, and we make every effort to accommodate the comfort needs of our littlest patients.
Some children are quite happy to hop into the dental chair for their regular checkup while others require some time to talk with the dentist about the tools that will be used first – the suction straw is a big hit with kids of all ages. Some children prefer to have their favourite stuffie or blanket with them at the dentist, and we encourage parents to discuss any particular comfort needs with us. Children often become comfortable and even excited to visit us once they have had their first few appointments, so it’s important that we make those first appointments positive experiences for your child.
Our dental services offered for your family include:
- Comprehensive dental exams and cleanings
- Crowns, inlays, onlays
- Missing teeth replacement (bridges, dentures, and implants)
- Mouthguards and nightguards
- Root canals
- Teeth whitening
- Wisdom teeth removal
We Welcome You and Your Family
We look forward to having you meet our General Dentists and team and providing you with quality dental care in Red Deer to ensure you have a healthy and happy smile for life! Please give us a call @ 403-986-8000 or request an appointment online.
Your Child's First Visit
We believe that visits to the dentist should start as early as possible – even if it’s just to accompany a parent or older sibling to their appointment. The Canadian Dental Association recommends the assessment of infants, by a dentist, within 6 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, a dental exam every six months will let your child's dentist catch small problems early.
Taking Care of Baby Teeth
Showing healthy concern for your oral health is contagious, and we want all of our patients to start learning about caring for their teeth as early as possible. Parents and guardians can help at home by:
Clean baby gums with a damp cloth every morning and night. Wrap your index finger in a layer of damp cloth and gently wipe the top and bottom gums. Not only will your baby love to have their teething gums stimulated (look out for biting once a tooth breaks through), but this is a great way to familiarize your baby with the feeling of something in their mouths. This will assist them with not gagging when baby toothbrushes are inserted later.
Brush toddler teeth with a baby brush and a small amount of fluoride-free toothpaste (the size of a grain of rice). Fluoride-free toothpaste should be used until children can effectively spit the toothpaste out and rinse their mouths to prevent consumption. Getting pushback from your toddler about the chore of brushing their teeth? Consider a fun toothbrushing song to sing at toothbrush time and maybe even a post-toothbrushing dance party. After all, who can resist a dance party?
Start flossing as soon as teeth are touching. As soon as teeth are touching, there is potential for plaque bacteria to start accumulating between the teeth. Start with dental flossers and gently floss between the teeth daily. When your child is old enough, encourage them to try flossing and brushing themselves but oversee the process to ensure that they are cleaning the teeth well.
Once your child can spit, change their toothpaste to a fluoride product and encourage them to use no more than a pea sized amount. Ensure that your child is brushing their teeth a minimum of twice daily after breakfast and before bed.
Our services offered for children include:
- Exams and cleanings
- Oral hygiene and dietary counselling
- Fluoride treatment
- Dental sealants
- Dental fillings, pulpotomies, stainless steel crowns
- Extractions and space maintenance
- Nitrous oxide (laughing gas)
For more information about this or other services offered, contact our clinic today.