At Chestermere Station Pediatric Dentistry, we are happy to answer any and all questions you may have. If you do not find the answer that you are looking for below, please feel free to call us at (587) 349-5858 to discuss your specific needs. We believe that clear and open communication is the key to good care!
Q) What is a pediatric dentist? How are they different from any other dentist?
A) A pediatric dentist is sometimes called a children’s dentist. They are dentists who have attended several additional years of specialized training in the field of children’s dentistry. Pediatric Dentists are the Pediatricians of Dentistry.
Q) What is the difference between a general dentist versus a pediatric dentist?
A) Pediatric dentists can offer a specialized focus on your child that general dentists may not be prepared or inclined to offer.
Unlike a general dentist, a pediatric dentist has two to three years of additional training. This program of study and hands-on experience emphasizes child psychology, growth, and development. Pediatric dentists know how to examine and treat children – not always the most cooperative of subjects – in ways that make them comfortable and safe. The pediatric dental office is child-centric. It is specially designed, arranged, and decorated with children in mind.
Q) Do I need a referral for my child before coming to see a specialist in children’s dentistry?
A) Not at all. Although we do accept referrals from many general dentists in the community, we also see children who come to our office directly without a referral. In fact, we are happy to schedule a welcome consultation, so you and your child can visit our office, experience a friendly environment, and meet our team.
Q) When should my child see a pediatric dentist?
A) It is recommended by the Canadian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry that the first dental visit should occur approximately six months after your child’s first tooth erupts and no later than age one.
Q) I dread putting my child under general anesthesia for their dental work. Are there any alternatives to general anesthesia when treating fearful children?
A) While the option of general anesthesia is always available, we have several other options to help your child get the care they need without increasing fear or anxiety. Please visit our sedation dentistry page to learn more about the options.
Q) Why would a child require sedation just to have their teeth fixed?
A) Unfortunately, many children suffer from severe, potentially painful dental diseases. Unlike such health conditions as colds or the flu, dental diseases won’t go away on their When treatment is required for a serious dental condition; a sedative medication may be recommended to make delivery of that treatment possible in a more comfortable manner. Without treatment, dental diseases can adversely affect learning, communication, nutrition, and other activities necessary for the healthy growth and development of your child.
Q) If a sedative medication is recommended to treat my child’s teeth, how can I be sure this is the best option?
A) Parents have a right to be informed about the benefits and risks of any dental treatment for their children. Any sedation options should be discussed with our dental team before any treatment commences.
Q) How are pediatric dentists making sure sedation dentistry is safe?
A) Pediatric dentists are carefully trained in the safe administration of sedative medications as part of their special education, which lasts two to three years beyond their general dentistry
Q) What’s the best way to clean my baby’s teeth?
A) Even before your baby’s first tooth appears, we recommend you clean his/her gums after each feeding with a damp, soft washcloth. As soon as his/her first tooth appears, you can start using a toothbrush. Choose a toothbrush with soft bristles and a small head. You can find a toothbrush designed for infants at your local drugstore.
Q) What causes cavities?
A) Certain types of bacteria live in our mouths. When these bacteria come into contact with sugary foods left behind on our teeth after eating, acids are produced. These acids attack the enamel on the exterior of the teeth, eventually eating through the enamel and creating holes in the teeth, which we call cavities.
Q) How can I help my child avoid cavities?
A) Be sure that your child brushes his/her teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Flossing daily is also essential because flossing can reach spots between the teeth that brushing can’t. Check with your pediatric dentist about a fluoride supplement which helps tooth enamel become harder and more resistant to decay. Avoid sugary foods and drinks, limit snacking, and maintain a healthy diet. And finally, make regular appointments so that we can check the health of your child’s teeth and provide professional cleanings.