Tips and Information For Parents

Most parents have lots of questions and concerns about their children's oral health. Here, we share all sorts of useful tips and insights that will keep you informed about your kids' dental health.


Help, my child won't stop thumb sucking!

Help, my child won't stop thumb sucking!

Posted Oct 1st, 2019

Thumb sucking is a natural reflex, that can help babies feel safe and happy, but persistent, vigorous thumb sucking can lead to a number of dental problems. Here are a few tips to help you break your child's thumb sucking habit.

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When can my child have orthodontic treatment?

When can my child have orthodontic treatment?

Posted Sep 19th, 2019

Every child's smile is unique, but if you suspect that your child needs orthodontic treatment you're probably wondering when the best time to begin treatment is. Here's a little from our Delta children's dentist on when to seek orthodontic treatment for your child. 

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Homemade Toothpaste for Kids: Good or Bad?

Homemade Toothpaste for Kids: Good or Bad?

Posted Sep 3rd, 2019

If you're a do-it-yourselfer, you may be wondering if it's a good idea to to make homemade toothpaste. Here, our children's dentist share what you need to know before you get started on your next project.

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Does my child need a mouth guard?

Does my child need a mouth guard?

Posted Aug 20th, 2019

Mouth guards are recommended for children who play any sport that may cause them to sustain an injury to the face, mouth, or head. Custom mouth guards available from your dentist are the best option to protect your child's teeth. 

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When to Stop Using the Baby Bottle and Why

When to Stop Using the Baby Bottle and Why

Posted Jul 23rd, 2019

Bottle use can lead to cavities and other health risks for children. Our Burnaby Children's dentists recommend that children give up baby bottles entirely by the time they are 12 months old, here's why. 

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The Early Years: Oral Health For Children Ages 0-3

The Early Years: Oral Health For Children Ages 0-3

Posted Jul 9th, 2019

You are starting habits that will last them all their lives, when you begin helping children to take good care of their teeth. Here, our Delta children's dentists share some tips on how to care for your little one’s oral health from birth to 3 years old.

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Are fluoride treatments good for children's dental health?

Are fluoride treatments good for children's dental health?

Posted Jun 18th, 2019

Fluoride treatments are effective in decreasing the prevalence of cavities in children, and they're safe. Our Delta children's dentist explains what fluoride is and why it's important for your child's oral health.

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Tips for Choosing a Toothbrush for Your Toddler

Tips for Choosing a Toothbrush for Your Toddler

Posted May 7th, 2019

Here is a guide from our Delta children's dentists to help choose a toothbrush for your child, whether you're considering a manual or electric model.

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How To Keep Your Teen’s Smile Healthy

How To Keep Your Teen’s Smile Healthy

Posted Jan 22nd, 2019

Here are some helpful tips from our Burnaby children's dentists on how to keep your teens' smiles healthy.

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A Tip For Parents: Try a Countdown Brushing Calendar

A Tip For Parents: Try a Countdown Brushing Calendar

Posted Jan 10th, 2019

Setting up a reward system by using a countdown to brushing calendar is a great way to encourage your kids to stay consistent when it comes to brushing and flossing their teeth!

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Elmo’s World: Brush Your Teeth

Elmo’s World: Brush Your Teeth

Posted Dec 21st, 2018

With this fun Sesame Street Video, your kids can brush their teeth with Elmo and some of his special friends, too!

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Oral Health-Friendly Lunchbox Ideas

Oral Health-Friendly Lunchbox Ideas

Posted Dec 11th, 2018

Here are a few ideas to try if you’re in a bit of a rut when it comes to including oral health-friendly snacks to your child’s lunchbox.

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Fun Tooth-Themed & Dental Health Products on Amazon

Fun Tooth-Themed & Dental Health Products on Amazon

Posted Nov 29th, 2018

From fun (or maybe a bit silly) tooth-themed items to helpful oral hygiene tools, here's Smile Town North Delta's favourite tooth-themed, kid-friendly products available right now on Amazon.ca.

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My kids hate brushing. What should I do?

My kids hate brushing. What should I do?

Posted Nov 13th, 2018

Do your kids hate brushing their teeth? Here are a few tips to help make brushing more appealing to your child.

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Unusual Tips for Teething Babies

Unusual Tips for Teething Babies

Posted Oct 30th, 2018

If your baby is in the midst of teething, it may feel like nothing seems to help ease their discomfort. If you’ve tried everything else, here are a few unusual tips that could help get your family through this tough time.

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Weird Ingredients They Used to Put in Toothpaste

Weird Ingredients They Used to Put in Toothpaste

Posted Oct 16th, 2018

The toothpaste you recognize in the pharmacy today is very different from what people used to use to clean their teeth. Here are just a few of the weird ingredients that were once in toothpaste that you can share with your child!

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Book: You Think It’s Easy Being the Tooth Fairy?

Book: You Think It’s Easy Being the Tooth Fairy?

Posted Oct 2nd, 2018

You Think It’s Easy Being the Tooth Fairy? By Sheri Bell-Rehwoldt is the essential guide for every kid who loses a tooth!

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How To Brush With an Electric Toothbrush

How To Brush With an Electric Toothbrush

Posted Jun 20th, 2018

An electric toothbrush can make the brushing teeth easier and more fun for children. Here are some tips for teaching your child how to brush with an electric toothbrush.

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Identifying & Avoiding Sugar in Packaged Foods

Identifying & Avoiding Sugar in Packaged Foods

Posted May 23rd, 2018

Sugar is one of the main culprits when it comes to tooth decay, and many of us try to avoid it for that reason. But sugar is sometimes hidden in certain packaged foods that you may not expect – here’s how to identify it.

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Early Baby Tooth Loss: What To Do

Early Baby Tooth Loss: What To Do

Posted Apr 25th, 2018

Baby teeth are supposed to fall out to be replaced by permanent teeth, but sometimes they can fall out too early. Find out what to do when this happens.

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What Causes Bad Breath in Children?

What Causes Bad Breath in Children?

Posted Feb 28th, 2018

It happens to the best of us – occasionally, we all have less than pleasant smells coming out of our mouths! This is true for children as well. Learn about the causes of bad breath in children, and how it can be prevented.

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Your Child’s First Dental Cleaning: What to Expect

Your Child’s First Dental Cleaning: What to Expect

Posted Jan 17th, 2018

Ideally, your child should begin visiting the dentist every 6 months starting at the eruption of the first tooth. Here’s what to expect from the first dental cleaning.

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Treats for Kids with Braces

Treats for Kids with Braces

Posted Jan 3rd, 2018

It is perfectly fine to allow treats as part of your children's diet – in moderation. With good oral hygiene, the occasional treat is not a problem, even for kids with braces!

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How to Make Flossing Easier for Kids & Teens

How to Make Flossing Easier for Kids & Teens

Posted Dec 6th, 2017

Children and teens need to floss regularly to keep their teeth and gums healthy. Fossing can be tricky and a bit cumbersome though, and young children in particular may struggle to properly manipulate the floss. Here are some ideas to help make flossing easier for kids and teens.

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SmileTown Book Club: Bear’s Loose Tooth

SmileTown Book Club: Bear’s Loose Tooth

Posted Nov 22nd, 2017

In the Karma Wilson's book, Bear's Loose Tooth, Bear discovers he has a loose tooth and feels a little worried about it! Good thing his friends are there to help him remain calm.

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