Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric Dentistry

All of our youngest patients, from toddlers to teens, love how we take the anxiety out of going to the dentist. In fact, we make it fun!

Come check out our hidden play room with video games, TV, books and more!!

The Brightside Dental atmosphere is playful and relaxing, making it easy for parents and kids to feel right at home. And if your child needs a little extra help relaxing, we have nitrous oxide sedation (laughing gas) available.

Our team makes it easy. We are both experienced and friendly, teaching the importance of dentistry and oral health in a way kids can relate to. Help your child start a lifetime of healthy smiles. Come visit us! Brightside Dental is currently taking new patients and insurance is accepted. 

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A child’s first visit to the dentist should be enjoyable. Children are not born with a natural fear of the dentist, but they can fear the unknown. Our office makes a special effort to use pleasant, non-frightening, simple words to describe each treatment. We want you and your child to feel at ease from the moment your family arrives at our office. The more you and your child know about the first visit, the better you will feel.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends…

Children should visit the dentist by their first birthday. It is important that your child’s newly-erupted teeth (erupting at 6-12 months of age) receive proper dental care and benefit from proper oral hygiene habits right from the beginning.

Getting to know your teeth is fun!

When New Teeth Arrive

Your child’s first primary, or “baby” teeth will begin to erupt between the ages of 6-12 months, and will continue to erupt until about age three. During this time, your child’s gums may feel tender and sore. To help alleviate this discomfort, we recommend that you soothe the gums by rubbing a clean finger or a cool, wet cloth across them. You may also choose to make use of a teething ring. When your child has finished teething, you can expect a total of 20 primary teeth!

Your child’s primary teeth are shed at various times throughout childhood, and their permanent teeth begin erupting at age 6, and continue until age 21. Adults have 32 permanent teeth (including 4 wisdom teeth.

Adopting Healthy Oral Hygiene Habits

As your child’s teeth erupt, be sure to examine them every two weeks, looking for white or brown lines and discoloration that may be caused by decay. Remember that sugary foods and liquids can attack a new tooth, so take care that your child brushes their teeth after feeding or eating. We recommend brushing four times a day for optimal oral hygiene: after breakfast, after lunch, after dinner, and at bedtime.

Brushing can be fun, and your child should brush as soon as the first tooth arrives. When a baby’s tooth erupts, parents should brush the tooth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. For children younger than two, do not use fluoride toothpaste unless advised to do so by your dentist or other healthcare professional. We suggest reviewing proper tooth brushing procedures with your child.

Flossing is also a part of good oral hygiene habits, and we will discuss with you the right time to start flossing. If you notice signs of decay, contact your us immediately.

Preventing Tooth Decay with Regular Checkups

Tooth decay is caused when sugars left in your mouth are turned into acid by bacteria. This acid is what breaks down your teeth. Children are at high risk for tooth decay for a simple reason — many children and adolescents do not practice regular, good oral hygiene habits. Proper brushing and flossing routines combined with regular dental visits help keep tooth decay away.

Your child should visit the dentist every six months for regular dental cleanings and checkups. We recommend fluoride varnish treatments twice a year along with cleanings to keep teeth their strongest.

Tooth sealants are also recommended because they “seal” the deep grooves in your child’s teeth, preventing decay from forming in these hard-to-reach areas. Sealants last for several years, but will be monitored at your regular checkups.

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204 - 3608 Carrington Road
West Kelowna, BC
V4T 3K7
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