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We help you teach your child the importance of good dental hygiene

As a parent, you take on much of the responsibility when it comes to your child’s oral hygiene. You want your child to develop good brushing and flossing habits that will last them a lifetime, and you want their teeth and gums to stay healthy.

Scarborough Family Dentistry

At Markham Eglinton Dental Centre, we want even the littlest patients to learn about the importance of good dental health. As a Scarborough family dentist, we also believe that when kids have this knowledge, they are more likely to be active participants in their daily brushing and flossing.

That’s why we visit local daycare centres throughout Scarborough and perform fun presentations about how to brush your teeth. Kids love these visits, and we love knowing that we’re encouraging them to take good care of their teeth and gums.

At Markham Eglinton Dental Centre, we also have a Brown Bag program that is helpful for children. We encourage you to bring along your child’s dental care supplies from home. We’ll show your child how to properly use their toothbrush, floss, electric toothbrush, floss threaders, Waterpik -- anything they have! Sometimes a little help in learning the proper technique can go a long way.

Here are some ways you can help your child develop a healthy relationship with dental care:

Discussion:

Talk to your child about brushing and flossing, and why it’s important to keep your teeth strong and healthy. Explain how sugar can stick to your teeth if it isn’t brushed away.

Demonstration:

Demonstrate proper technique by brushing and flossing in front of them, and help them learn to do it themselves.

Attitude:

Maintain light, relaxed conversations about dental visits. Even if coming to the dentist isn’t your favourite activity, keep all comments breezy positive in front of your child. They need to see that going to the dentist is nothing to fear.

Education:

Our Kids Zone section educates our young patients about the basics of dental hygiene, keeping it fun and cheerful. The Kids Zone includes videos, games and colouring pages that are exciting and interactive.

Contact Markham Eglinton Dental Centre today to find a reliable family dentist in Scarborough.

FAQs -- Click to reveal the answers to family dentistry questions

Q: I often hear my nine-year-old son grinding his teeth, and I’m afraid he’s damaging them. Should he be fitted for a bite appliance?

A: Bite appliances are not usually suggested for children with primary or mixed dentitions, as they can restrict the growth of their jaw and the normal exfoliation of their teeth. But please speak to us about your child's grinding habits, as there may be other ways we can help them.

Q: My baby is almost one year old. When should she come in to Markham Eglinton Dental Centre for her first dental visit?

A: We usually recommend a child comes in for their first dental visit when they are old enough to sit in the chair and open their mouth without too much fuss -- usually around their second birthday. If you’re not sure if your child should come in for a visit, just contact the practice.

Q: I’m really scared of going to the dentist, and sometimes I get panic attacks before my appointments. How do I prevent my children from being afraid, too?

A: It’s very important that you try not to pass your fear of the dentist along to your children. Maintain light, relaxed conversations about dental visits. Keep all comments breezy positive in front of your child. They need to see going to the dentist as a fun experience -- not something to fear or dread.

Q: My eight-month-old baby has three teeth, but I feel silly brushing them. Can babies get cavities?

A: Babies can absolutely get cavities, and it’s often referred to as “baby bottle rot.” Sugars from milk and juice settle on their teeth and can begin to cause decay. Since babies often drink slowly -- a few sips here and there, all day -- we recommend that parents encourage their baby or toddler to finish a drink within 20 minutes. Then the parents should wipe their baby’s teeth and gums to clean them, using a soft infant toothbrush or a wet washcloth. Do not put your baby to bed with a bottle of milk or juice.