Children’s Dentistry

Pre-Schoolers Introduction to the Dental Office


Your child’s first impression of the dentist will last a lifetime. At Orleans Dental Arts, we want that impression to be a fun, friendly and gentle experience, ensuring good habits and a healthy smile for life. That’s why our children’s Dentistry programs include our innovative Dental Office Introduction for Preschoolers program. This is NOT a first dental exam… instead, it is a fun and positive way of getting your child acquainted with what he or she can expect when you are ready to book their first appointment.

We designed this program for children ages 2 to 4 that have never been to a dental office before. According to the Canadian Dental Association, this is the perfect age to create healthy habits that will prevent future dental problems.

We designed this program for children ages 2 to 4 that have never been to a dental office before. According to the Canadian Dental Association, this is the perfect age to create healthy habits that will prevent future dental problems.

Sessions incorporate both children and their parents. We will take children individually to the treatment room where they will experience a dental setting for the first time. We invite your child to sit on the chair while we introduce them to the dental tools in a friendly and non-threatening manner. Children will also have the opportunity to try on the protective glasses, put on a bib and lay back in the chair as they would during their first visit. We reward each child with a toy, sticker and a loot bag after the session.

These activities will be geared toward dental education in a fun and engaging manner. Before going home, all kids will receive a balloon too!

Our Dental Office Introduction for Preschoolers program is a positive and fun experience that kids love. More importantly, it sets the standard for a lifetime of good oral health. Best of all, it is absolutely free.

Sealants


Sealants are a great way to protect against tooth decay and cavities on your back teeth (molars). These are the teeth that are most vulnerable to cavities and decay because they are used in the chewing process, and are the most difficult to reach and clean. Molars first come in at around 5-7 years of age, with a second set coming in between the ages of 11-14. It is best to have a sealant placed when the molars first come in to ensure they are protected early.

To place a sealant an adhesive is first applied to the teeth. The sealant is then placed over the adhesive as a liquid, as if it is painted right onto the tooth. The liquid then hardens and creates a barrier between your tooth and any plaque, food particles, and bacteria. Sealants last for about 10 years and can be reapplied if necessary.

Mouth Guards


Mouth guards are an essential piece of equipment in contact sports. They should be worn by athletes of all ages who participate in sports such as:

  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Wrestling
  • Basketball/softball
  • Soccer

…any sport where contact is a possibility.

Wearing a mouth guard helps prevent against structural damage to your teeth and jaw and also helps prevent injuries such as lacerations to your cheeks, tongue, and lips. Mouth guards have also been shown to help decrease the risk of concussions.

Mouth guards are available in most any sporting goods store, but you should be careful when purchasing a mouth guard. Mouth guards like this do not offer the best level of protection. They are also usually ill-fitting and uncomfortable.

For the highest level of comfort and protection, you should visit your dentist for a custom mouth guard fitting. A custom mouth guard is created specifically for the optimal protection of YOUR mouth. It is created with thin plastic that is hardened to protect your teeth. The thinness of the custom mouth guard allows for easy breathing and also allows for easy communication (especially important for you star quarterbacks calling out the signals). See your dentist today for a custom mouth guard to protect your teeth and ensure that you maintain the highest level of performance on the field, court, or rink.