Children's Dental Care
Caring for Sault Ste. Marie Kids
Our dentists and support team provide comprehensive dental care for children in a peaceful, cheerful and encouraging environment.
When your children visit us for an appointment, we'll be sure to make them feel comfortable, and we'll go at their pace.
We make it our mission to create positive early dental experiences for our young patients, so that they're more likely to maintain healthy dental habits, and feel good about visiting the dentist, in the long run.
A child’s smile will follow them the rest of their lives. Dental health is essential to a child’s perception of themselves as well as how others perceive them. A straight, healthy smile will not only ensure a healthy mouth, but will also help to ensure a healthy mind.
Creating Positive Early Experiences
Your child's early dental experiences play an important role in how they will perceive visiting the dentist as they grow up.
When those formative experiences are positive ones, children are more likely to grow into adults who don't feel stressed or anxious at the prospect of a dental appointment.
Setting Kids Up For Oral Health Success
At The Dental Office, we strive to help kids feel calm and safe from the minute they enter our clinic. When you arrive, our friendly team will welcome you warmly. As they wait for your appointment to begin in our reception area, your child will have access to books and toys to keep them occupied.
Once your child is in the dentist's chair, the dentist and hygienist will talk to them about their dental health in age-approriate language, and answer all their questions.
We are happy to work at your child's pace, and will take breaks if they get overwhelmed.
Services for Children
The Dental Office provides the following treatment options for children:
- Monitoring Baby Teeth
Baby teeth are essential for children's healthy development. Baby teeth allow children to chew and digest their food properly, and they also act as guides for the adult teeth as they grow in.
It is recommendation that children have their first dental checkup before the age of one.
Visiting the dentist on a regular basis starting at a young age will help preserve the baby teeth until they are ready to fall out and be replaced by the adult teeth.
- Fluoride Treatment
Fluoride is a natural mineral that helps strengthen dental enamel and prevent tooth decay. At The Dental Office, we provide fluoride treatment for children to help keep their teeth strong. Learn More
- Dental Fillings
Despite best efforts to maintain good dental hygiene, sometimes kids end up with cavities. Cavity treatment for children is very similar to cavity treatment for adults, with the preservation of tooth health as the primary objective
To treat a cavity, your dentist will remove the decayed material from the baby teeth and fill them, just like he would for an adult. The dentist will always work to preserve the baby teeth rather than just removing them, because they are very important to children's healthy development. Learn More
- Dental Sealants
A dental sealant is a coatings that is applied to the molars and premolars to better protect them from developing cavities. Molars and premolars often have deep fissures in them that can be difficult for children to clean when they brush their teeth. Sealants help seal these fissures off, so that bacteria and plaque cannot build up inside them.
- Early Orthodontic Treatment
At your child's dental appointments, the dentist will monitor their smile for any sign of developing misalignments in the jaws or teeth. When orthodontic problems are identified early, orthodontic intervention can be implemented to prevent it from getting worse. As a result, more invasive orthodontic treatment when your child is older may not be required.
- Oral Hygiene Guidance
During each appointment, the dentist or hygienist will review and/or demonstrate proper oral hygiene techniques with your child, to ensure that each tooth is getting a proper cleaning at home. Brushing and flossing will be reviewed, and they may also suggest for supplementary hygiene aids, provide dietary advice, and more.
- Cleanings & Checkups
Regular dental checkups and professional cleanings are just as important for children as they are for adults. Children should visit the dentist every six months to help prevent problems from developing, and to catch and treat those that are already developing early.