Oral Hygiene For Kids

Having healthy, beautiful teeth can boost a child’s self-esteem like nothing else. We know that children’s oral hygiene is important not only to create a sparkling smile, but to prevent serious dental problems later on.

Tooth decay is one of the most common problems affecting kids teeth today. Tooth decay can lead to cavities and tooth loss down the road. Luckily, teaching kids about good oral hygiene can prevent tooth decay.

At Campus Dental, we take the time to teach all of our kids how to properly brush and floss their teeth. We don’t just show them how, we work with them so they feel confident they’re brushing and flossing the right way. Oral hygiene for children is easy to accomplish if families can work with their dentists to learn the right dental care techniques.

Cleaning and Fluoride Treatment

At the cleaning  appointment, the teeth are cleaned using an electric prophy brush and special toothpaste. For older children, an ultra sonic scaler is used to remove calculus. Sometimes hand instruments are used to get to hard to reach places. During the cleaning appointment, fluoride treatment can also be done to strengthen the enamel of the child’s teeth. Normally a fluoride foam is used and children are asked not to eat or drink for at least thirty minutes. The longer the fluoride is on the teeth, the more effective it will be in strengthening the teeth.

Fissure Sealants

During the first part of your check up we will look to see if sealants will be helpful to you. Sealants are protection for your teeth. The sealant is made from a plastic like material and is painted on the chewing surfaces of your teeth to protect them from cavities.

Mouthguards for kids

Most dental trauma occurs when children are playing sports and get hit by a ball or fall to the ground. Often such trauma results in the premature loss of a tooth or the dislodgment of other teeth. To protect against such accidents, sports mouth guards are recommended. Once worn over the teeth sports mouth will prevent any injury from affecting your child’s teeth.







Early ( interceptive) Orthodontics

Early orthodontics allows us to focus the growth, development and well-being of  younger patients. With early intervention, we can reduce your child’s need for braces or jaw surgery in the future. Instead, we focus on proper growth and development, straightening teeth and training facial muscles before permanent teeth are set. Another goal is non-extraction orthodontics. We want to bring balance and facial symmetry to your child’s smile and face — helping them look and feel their best.
At Campus dental we put a huge emphasis on preventing irregularities and improper growth. We have seen so many children with underdeveloped faces and crooked teeth. In some cases, this is due to genetics, but we also know improper dental care is a major contributing factor. This is why we take an all-inclusive approach to dental care in our practise. Early treatments can be active, like correcting a crossbite, or passive, like holding the space if they lose a primary tooth too early. If we do advise treatment, it will normally be with removable orthodontic plates.
These plates come in every colour imaginable and the kids have a great time choosing their colours. This makes the treatment fun!
We normally like to assess our patients around the age of 7 years old as this is when the upper front adult teeth have come through. We can start earlier if there are major bite problems such as an under-bite which can be treated as young as 4 years old.
By using early orthodontics our goal is to maintain or provide space for permanent teeth so they grow in straight. This minimises the need for more extensive and painful intervention later. Your child’s first orthodontic evaluation includes a thorough examination of your child’s teeth, jaw and facial structures as well as X-ray. Even at age six and seven these assessments and images could reveal developing problems with alignment and growth.

How you tell if your child might need early orthodontics:

  • Early or late loss of primary teeth (should normally lose teeth around age six and have all permanent teeth in around age 13)
  • Prolonged thumb or finger sucking (beyond age 5)
  • Mouth breathing
  • Narrow upper dental arch
  • Speech impediments
  • Very crowded or spaced teeth
  • Protruding teeth
  • Teeth that don’t fit together properly
  • Extra teeth
  • Impacted teeth