Children's Dentistry

girl-Inner.jpgDr Philippa MacDonald, also known as Pip to most of her patients, is our resident dentist with special interests in dentistry for children. According to Pip, “Your child should visit a dentist by age two or when the first couple of teeth coming through. Early examination and preventative care will protect your child's smile now and in the future. Good dental habits are established early in life, and in part, they will help develop a lifetime of good dental health.”

Our centre is designed in part for children and our staff are patient, caring and most importantly, love being with kids. Our number one priority is our patient's comfort. Dr MacDonald utilizes various techniques such as "Tell-Show-Do" technique which involves telling the child what will be done, showing it to them, and then actually performing the treatment. Children should never be rushed, spending ample amount of time with kids and parents will ensure the young ones have a comfortable experience during their dental visit. Piptoys-Inner.jpg stresses “developing a good rapport with our young patient is the most important aspect of looking after a child’s teeth. There are many ways to prevent cavities. Good brushing, fissure sealants, and nutritious diets can all prevent future problems. There is simply no reason to have bad teeth anymore.

One of the important reasons for an earlier visit is to have sensible prevention program. A big concern at early age is nursing or baby bottle tooth decay. Your baby risks severe decay when he or she nurses continuously from the breast or from a bottle of milk, formula or 
juice during naps or at night. The earlier the dental visit, the better the chance of dental problems can be prevented. Children with healthy teeth chew food easily, learn to speak clearly and smile with confidence. Start your child now on a lifetime of good dental habits.

When the baby-teeth come through, it is very important to maintain their health. Neglected cavities can often lead to problems which affect developing adult teeth. Baby-teeth, are important for proper chewing and eating, providing space for the permanent teeth and guiding them into the correct position, and permitting normal development of the jaw bones and muscles. Baby-teeth also affect the development of speech and add to an attractive appearance.