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.


When should my child have their first dental appointment?

When should my child have their first dental appointment?

Dental care should begin as soon as your baby's first primary teeth erupt. Today our Delta childrens' dentist shares the benefits of bringing your child to the dentist early in life. 

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My teen wants a tongue piercing, is it safe?

My teen wants a tongue piercing, is it safe?

Teens love to find new ways to express their individuality, but some teen style trends are riskier than others. If your teen wants a tongue, cheek or lip piercing here are a few things you should know.

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Is dental sedation safe for children?

Is dental sedation safe for children?

If your child is scheduled to undergo a long complex procedure, or if your child is very young, nervous or has special needs, your dentist may recommend dental sedation. Here's more from our Delta children's dentist on dental sedation for kids.

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Can using a pacifier affect my baby's oral health?

Can using a pacifier affect my baby's oral health?

Abnormal tooth development and dental issues in your baby's developing mouth can result from extended use of pacifiers or soothers, however there are some benefits to their use. Here's more on the pros and cons of pacifiers. 

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What to Do if Your Child is Afraid of the Dentist

What to Do if Your Child is Afraid of the Dentist

A trip to the dentist can be especially frightening for some children. If your child is afraid to visit the dentist there are a few ways that you can help to reduce their dental anxiety. 

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When does my child need fluoride?

When does my child need fluoride?

A child's need for fluoride should be determined by your dentist based on your child's age and risk of tooth decay. Here, our Delta children's dentist explains more about children and fluoride. 

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Are eco-friendly and bamboo toothbrushes suitable for kids?

Are eco-friendly and bamboo toothbrushes suitable for kids?

Switching to a bamboo toothbrush can be an easy way to reduce the amount of plastic at home. These eco-friendly toothbrushes can be suitable for kids too. Here's a little on how to choose a toothbrush for your child.

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Help, my child won't stop thumb sucking!

Help, my child won't stop thumb sucking!

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?

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?

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?

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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?

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

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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