We care for growing smiles!
Like adults, children's dental care is important for a healthy smile! At Hunter Dental in Markham, our team of dentists can provide dental care designed for the unique needs of kids.
Dental Care for Kids
At Hunter Dental, our dentists and team offer dental care for children in a safe, comfortable environment. Our dental services are tailored to suit the specific needs of children's growing smiles. We try to encourage healthy dental habits for children that they will maintain for years to come.
Your Child's First Visit
Our dentists recommend that your child visit us by the time they have their first birthday. This allows us to begin monitoring their development and catch any potential problems early on. It is crucial that a child's primary teeth are healthy and developing normally as they typically et the stage for the development of their permanent teeth.
Typically, a baby's first primary (or baby) tooth may begin to erupt around six months of age. Children will eventually have 20 primary teeth, usually by the age of 3. Over time, these will be replaced with a full set of 28 permanent (adult) teeth by the time they are 12, approximately. Several years later they will likely also develop four molars known as wisdom teeth.
We want kids to enjoy visiting the dentist!
At Hunter Dental in Markham, we believe that positive early experiences for children are essential to maintaining healthy dental habits.
You should expect a friendly welcome when you arrive at our dental office. Our staff will try to do everything possible to help your child feel comfortable during their appointments. We have a relaxing reception area with toys and books to keep your child busy while waiting for their appointment. You also might notice a few teddy bears throughout our office!
Our dentists and hygienists will try to talk to your child about their dental health in a language they understand and they will also try to answer any questions your child may have. We will explain what we are doing and why and will go at a pace your child is comfortable with, taking breaks if they become overwhelmed.
Hunter Dental provides the following treatment options for children:
- Cleanings & Checkups
Children should see the dentist every six months. This allows the dentist to monitor their developing teeth, help prevent issues, and treat any that may have already begun. Regular cleanings and checkups are just as important for children as they are for adults.
- Monitoring Baby Teeth
Primary (baby) teeth are important to help children chew their food, have proper speech, and act as guides for their permanent (adult) teeth. Primary teeth are an important part of a child's healthy oral development.
We recommend that a baby has their first dental visit by their first birthday.
Regular visits to your dentist when your child is young will help to keep their baby teeth healthy until they are ready to fall out and be replaced by their adult teeth.
- Fluoride Treatment
Fluoride is a natural mineral that can help prevent, and even reverse tooth decay. At Hunter Dental, we offer fluoride treatment to help keep children's teeth strong and resistant to cavities and decay.
The treatment process only takes a few minutes and is typically applied in either a solution, gel, foam, or varnish. Learn More
- Dental Fillings
Children will sometimes develop cavities, despite their best efforts at good dental hygiene. Cavity treatment is very similar for children and adults. The most important aspect for all patients is to preserve healthy teeth, therefore your dentist will remove the decayed material causing the cavity in the primary tooth and fill it. Learn More
- Dental Sealants
To help prevent cavities, we provide dental sealants to our young patients. Dental sealants are coatings applied to the molars and premolars. These teeth often have deep fissures that are more difficult for children to keep clean with brushing. Sealants can cover these teeth and help to prevent bacteria and plaque from building up inside them.
- Early Orthodontic Treatment
As part of every dental appointment, your child's dentist will look for any signs of issues that may be developing. Misalignments detected in the early stages can often be treated with orthodontic measures that are less invasive and may not require further treatment when your child is older.
- Oral Hygiene Guidance
At Hunter Dental, we strongly believe that prevention is the key to good oral health. Your child's dentist or hygienist will review proper hygiene techniques during each appointment to ensure every tooth is receiving proper care at home. Instructions for brushing and flossing will be reviewed and other supplementary hygiene aids may be suggested to be sure your child is receiving the best dental care possible.