Pediatric dentistry in London, ON: Designed around your child’s needs, evolves as your child grows
Dental disease is the most common chronic childhood condition. It affects more children than asthma, pediatric obesity, hay fever, and diabetes. At Hyde Park Dentistry in London, ON, we recognize that it does not have to be this way. Tooth decay and gum disease, the leading causes of tooth loss, are largely easy to prevent. When detected and treated early, the effects of these conditions can not only be halted but can be reversed. And, while Drs. Ashish Papneja and Marjan Moaveni treat infants, children, teens, adults, and seniors; they know how to speak with pediatric patients and inspire trust and keep them relaxed and comfortable.
Healthy habits start early
It is generally never too early to take your child to the dentist. The Canadian Dental Association recommends that your baby visit the dentist for the first time by no later than their first birthday or within six months of the first tooth breaking through the gums (whichever comes first). While this may sound very early to begin to see the dentist, getting into a healthy habit as soon as possible allows for us to monitor oral development. We can detect problems and address them before they affect the growth of your child’s teeth, jaws, and overall development during these formative early years of life. Additionally, we can demonstrate ways to keep your baby’s gums healthy. Yes, it is crucial to clean the gums and mouth, even when teeth are not visible or haven’t erupted yet. Likewise, baby teeth are important and should be cared for well. They help to guide the permanent, secondary teeth into proper placement. You and your child avoid the expense that is associated with intensive orthodontic care later in childhood.
Professional services to protect your growing child’s health
During recall visits, usually scheduled every six months, we will examine your child’s mouth and clean what can’t be removed with a toothbrush and floss alone: hardened plaque (tartar). We use light-touch techniques and non-invasive technologies to evaluate the teeth, gums, and other oral structures gently and precisely and to remove plaque build-up, surface stains, and bacteria. We may also apply preventive services. Options to protect the teeth include:
- Safe fluoride supplementation to build up the teeth’ protective armour: enamel.
- Dental sealants are safe coverings applied to the grooved surfaces of the back teeth to “seal out” food debris and other baddies that promote decay.
- Oral appliances, such as sports guards or mouthguards, protect the teeth and jaws from sports-related injuries, night guards or oral splints protect the teeth or dental work from damage caused by chronic teeth-grinding (bruxism).
Your child is one of a kind. So, the services, techniques, and products that we recommend are tailored to their needs. These recommendations also evolve as your child grows.
We look forward to meeting you and your family. Call us at 226-271-2522 to schedule an appointment at our office in London.