Why Choose A Pediatric Dentist In Pickering

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Children are not small adults and have their own special unique needs that are best fulfilled by a  specialist who is well equipped to treat the child. Just as you would take your child to a  pediatrician or a speech pathologist or psychiatrist who is trained to treat children, its is also the  case with dentistry. Pediatric dentists offer a level of expertise that is unmatched when it comes  to treating your child.

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Silver Diamine Fluoride

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As a parent, you always want what is best for your child and sometimes, that means  delaying dental treatment until your child( and you!) are mentally ready for it. We have  some convenient options that allow us to “ buy some time” if your child currently has  some cavities but you wish to delay fillings and other restorative work for now. Let’s talk  silver diamine fluoride!

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Baby Tooth Root Canal

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Have you heard of the term “baby tooth root canal” before? As a parent, the term can seem daunting, and you may wonder why your child may even need a “root canal”- it’s only a baby tooth, after all! Well, we are here to inform you that while the term may seem scary, it just means that your child’s tooth needs some nerve treatment either because the tooth has a large cavity or because the tooth has had some trauma. 

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Pacifiers & Thumb/finger sucking- when/how to wean?

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Sucking at an early age is very normal for infants and is very soothing. In fact, many an ultrasound has been seen with babies sucking their digits in the womb! This kind of sucking is known as non-nutritive sucking as children do not obtain nutrition from this. Now, while this kind of sucking is beneficial at a young age, at some point, it becomes detrimental when it starts effecting the developing dentition in a harmful way. Let’s discuss some facts about soothers, thumb/finger sucking and when to wean.

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Four Myths about Baby Teeth

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Hi Everyone! Let’s talk baby teeth myths. Healthy gums and teeth are essential at any age but there are many myths and false information surrounding baby teeth that we will address here to help you learn a little bit more on this topic. 

Myth 1 – You Do Not Need to worry about oral health before baby teeth erupt

This is false because you need to care for your baby’s mouth even before the teeth break through, as the mouth can be a host for several bacteria/fungus. While most babies are only drinking breast milk or formula at this age, it is very important to wipe down your baby’s gums and tongue with a soft washcloth after they drink or eat any solids. This will ensure a clean mouth free of milk residue and bacteria. 

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Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

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What is Baby Bottle Tooth Decay? 

Baby Bottle Tooth Decay or Early Childhood caries is one of the most common chronic diseases  that occurs in children from ages 0-6.  

Baby bottle tooth decay generally happens infants/toddlers as a result of sleeping with the bottle  at night or prolonged exposure to milk from a bottle throughout the day. It also occurs as a result  of increased exposure to sugars at this young age. It typically appears as brown spots on the  front as well as back teeth. If your child uses a bottle frequently and you are seeing such spots  on the teeth, it is very important to bring your child in for a dental checkup with a pediatric  dentist! Both “at-home” and “professional-dentist” measures are necessary for true prevention of  this disease.  

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Tips For a Healthy Halloween

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Ah, Halloween, a dentist’s least favourite holiday! Why? Because the amount of candy and sugar consumed is never a great idea for healthy smiles. However, there are ways for you to enjoy Halloween even from a dentist’s perspective. Follow our tips to thrive this Halloween season!

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All About Fluoride, What Is It And What Does It Do?

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Dental health is an extremely important part of overall health. If you have been to the dentist before for your usual checkups, you may have heard of a substance called Fluoride. Now, there is a lot of misinformation about fluoride and while we are not here to convince you or change your position either way, we would like to offer some basic information on fluoride that can help you make an informed decision about it.

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Dental Options for Children with Sensory Issues

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Coming to Hifive kids dental might remind you of stepping into your child’s preschool or daycare. At Hifive kids dental, we purposefully create a welcoming, child-friendly environment that includes colorful walls, toys, pleasant music, and smells for our little patients. This helps your little one feel safe while at the same time giving them a sense of ease and comfort.

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Kid’s Dentistry FAQ

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It is normal for parents to have lots of questions about their child’s teeth and that’s why regular 6-month checks are very important! Over the years, we have answered countless questions from concerned parents, so we have created a list of the most frequently asked questions to help you understand your child’s oral health a little better!

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