Children's Dental Services
At Creditview Dental in Mississauga, we make it our mission to create positive early dental experiences for children so they can feel good about visiting the dentist today and into adulthood.
Caring for Young, Developing Smiles
When your child visits us for an appointment, we'll be sure to make them feel comfortable so they're more likely to maintain good oral health habits to keep their growing smiles healthy and happy.
The Importance of Early Dental Visits
Infants should be seen by a dentist after the first six months of age, and at least by the child's first birthday. By this time, the baby's first teeth, or primary teeth, are beginning to erupt and it is a critical time to spot any problems before they become big concerns.
Every child grows 20 primary teeth, usually by the age of 3. These teeth are gradually replaced by the age of 12 with a full set of 28 permanent teeth, and later on, four molars called wisdom teeth.
It is essential that a child's primary teeth are healthy, because their development sets the stage for permanent teeth.
Common Early Dental Issues
The following issue or conditions in babies and young children can create problems for their oral health later on. Our dentist can help address and monitor these issues as your child develops.
Teething is a sign that your child's gums are sore. This is perfectly normal. You can help relieve this by allowing the baby to suck on a teething ring, or gently rubbing your baby's gums with the back of a small spoon, a piece of wet gauze, or even your finger.
For babies under the age of 4, pacifiers can be safely used to facilitate the child's oral needs for relieving gum pain and for suckling.
After the age of 4, pacifiers are generally discouraged because they may interfere with the development of your child's teeth.
Babies who suck their thumbs may be setting the stage for malformed teeth and bite issues. For this reason, thumb-sucking should be strongly discouraged.
- Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
Another problem that can be spotted early is a condition called baby bottle tooth decay, which is caused by sugary substances in breast milk and some juices, which combine with saliva to form pools inside the baby's mouth.
If left untreated, this can lead to premature decay of your baby's future primary teeth, which can later hamper the proper formation of permanent teeth.
Toothaches can be common in young children. Sometimes, toothaches are caused by erupting teeth, but they also could indicate a serious problem.
You can safely relieve a small child's toothache without the aid of medication by rinsing the mouth with a solution of warm water and table salt.
If the pain doesn't subside, acetaminophen may be used. If such medications don't help, contact your dentist immediately.
You can help your child prevent oral injuries by closely supervising them during play and not allowing the child to put foreign objects in the mouth.
For younger children involved in physical activities and sports, mouth guards are strongly encouraged, and can prevent a whole host of injuries to the teeth, gums, lips and other oral structures.
Dental Services for Kids
Regular dental care is just as important for kids as it is for adults. At Creditview Dental, our services can be tailored to meet your child's oral health needs, and keep their smile healthy.
Hygiene & Prevention Services
Visiting the dentist for regular exams and cleanings when your child is young will help preserve the primary (baby) teeth until they are ready to fall out and be replaced by the permanent (adult) teeth.
During each appointment, your dentist or hygienist will also review proper oral hygiene techniques with your child to ensure that their smile is getting the proper care at home.
If your child is at risk of decay, develops a cavity, or is experiencing misalignment issues, your dentist may also recommend restorative treatment options for your child such as dental sealants, fillings and mouth guards.
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Hours of Operation
- Monday: 09:00 am - 08:00 pm
- Tuesday: 09:00 am - 08:00 pm
- Wednesday: 09:00 am - 07:00 pm
- Thursday: 08:00 am - 03:00 pm
- Friday: 09:00 am - 03:00 pm
- Saturday: 09:00 am - 02:00 pm
- Sunday: Closed
*Open alternate Saturdays