The condition of your child’s mouth has a big impact on healthy development – oral, physical, and emotional. As a conscientious parent, you naturally want to give your little one the benefits of a healthy, appealing smile. The dentists and hygiene team at Scott and Derry Dental Care in Milton, ON can help, with experienced care and compassionate attention to children’s needs.
When to start
The good news is that it is essentially never too early or too late to get your child into a dental care routine. Dr. Jameela Jifri generally recommend the “rule of firsts” – schedule your child’s first dental visit by his or her first birthday or when the first tooth emerges. At this age, the child’s mind is absorbing all sorts of new experiences, so it is an ideal opportunity to get familiar with the people, sights, sounds, and smells of the dental office.
Earlier visits are fine, too, if a check of your baby’s oral development puts your mind at ease. There is no need for concern, though, if your child is older and has not yet seen a dentist or not been in the chair for a while. We get the child’s records caught up and oral health on track, without delays or lectures.
Patient educational video about children's dentistry
Fact or myth? If you have a cavity, you will know it. Myth, Mild tooth decay has no symptoms. Sensitivity begins to occur when the tooth decay is already causing damage to the nerve. Today’s dentistry prevents tooth decay with sealants and other conservative methods. Fact or myth? Sugar is the prime cause of cavities. A fact and also a myth. Acid is the main trigger in producing the bacteria that causes cavities. The bacteria is then fueled by the consumption of carbohydrates. Sugar is a trigger in cavities, but carbs as a whole are the main cause. Fact or myth? Cavities are the prime reason for root canals. Myth. Root canals are a result of nerve damage. And untreated cavity could lead to nerve damage, but root canals are on set by number of different factors. Facts on myth? Brushing and flossing are the best way to prevent cavities. Fact. Fact or myth? Expensive toothpastes are always better than cheaper ones. Myth. Different toothpastes are better for different teeth in situations. Sometimes moderately priced toothpaste can be more effective. Ask the dentist about what might be best for your teeth. And always look for the ADA seal of approval. Fact or myth? If a tooth is white, it must be healthy. Myth. Under the surface there may be cavities, problems with the root or other abnormalities. Fact or Myth? Teeth whitening is harmful because it damages enamel. Myth. There are many modern teeth whitening processes that have minimal harmful effects. Teeth whitening isn’t for every mouth or person though. Consult the dentist before you proceed with whitening treatments. Fact or myth? Dentists should be feared. Myth. With today’s advancements in technology and safety practices there is nothing to worry about. Procedures are as quick and painless as ever. Fact or myth? You should visit your dentists at least twice a year. FACT.
Extra helps for oral health
Our goal is to help your child avoid the discomfort of dental problems, and spare you the worry, inconvenience, and expense. Here are some of the ways we accomplish that objective:
- Guidance – The dentist talks with you about tooth-healthy nutrition, baby bottle tooth decay, pacifiers, and other topics of concern to parents.
- Home care – You can count on good advice about caring for baby’s mouth, and a fun, hands-on demonstration to help bigger kids learn to master brushing and flossing on their own.
- Checkups – Twice a year or more frequently if the doctor recommends, based on your child’s oral condition. These visits help us detect potential problems early, when they may be treated efficiently and in a cost-effective manner.
- Fluoride – A pleasant-tasting topical formulation is painted onto teeth or applied with oral trays. It helps to remineralize enamel, naturally “healing” tiny cavities, and fighting acid attacks that lead to tooth decay.
- Sealants – Another quick, painless option that dramatically reduces risk of decay in molars. Chewing surfaces are prepared and coated with a transparent liquid. It seals pits and grooves where cavity-causing bacteria hide.
Scott and Derry Dental Care - Dr. Jameela Jifri
If you are looking for a dentist facility where your entire family can get treated with the same professional care, Scott and Derry dental care is the one for you. We provide a comfortable environment for patients of all ages and backgrounds to get treated for dental related issues. With up to date technology and the latest equipment, we assure the best quality services from our skilled team of dentists led by Dr.Jameela Jifri. Our services range from preventive, general, hygiene, restorative dental treatments and cosmetic enhancements to dental surgeries. As we value your convenience we offer flexible appointment schedules with weekends and late-night appointment time and easy locations with free parking facilities. Dental facilities are designed with free Wi-Fi, a clean environment and a classy ambience to help patients relax and feel comfortable at all times. All treatments are catered to each patient's unique conditions and needs including their lifestyle and budget. Our staff consists of professional individuals who are passionate about helping people lead a healthier happy life and they are ready to guide you throughout the process with any help needed.