Kids Program

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Pediatric Dentist Calgary

Our children’s dentistry services at Sierra Dental covers a wide area of dental services that suit the unique needs of each individual infant and child.

Our primary focus for a child’s dental health is caring for their baby teeth, tooth development and prevention of any dental diseases including cavities and tooth decay.

From routine cleanings, monitoring developmental changes to educating your child on healthy habits, we are trained to provide effective care to your treat little ones in a variety of situations.

Meet Our Pediatric Dentist – Dr. Amin Salmasi

Dr. Amin Salmasi (or “Dr. Amin”, as his patients call him) strongly believes in taking the time to learn the motivations and mannerisms of each individual child.

We know that a dental appointment can be stressful for both the child and the parent.

While we can’t guarantee that every appointment will be “easy”, we will do everything we can to ensure that your child will be cared for.

We will also ensure that you feel as though their (and your) concerns are being taken seriously and treated appropriately.

Our Kid’s Dental Program

Our team at Sierra Dental believes that it is important to relate to your child.

We believe that using sedation (oral, nitrous oxide, or IV) should be a last resort.

Our philosophy is to focus on treating our young patients through behaviour management and creating a fun, positive experience.

We are well-trained and understand how to motivate and inspire your child to clean and care for their mouths 365 days a year; not just when they visit the dentist’s office.

We Focus on Your Child’s Developmental Changes

We work with parents to notice and become more aware of their child’s developmental changes.

This helps parents understand habits that may create adverse health effects for their children as they grow.

It’s important that your child visits the dentist regularly for a checkup.

The sooner any potential problems are discovered, the sooner we can address them.

Your child’s overall health is our main concern.

We Believe In Creating A Fun Experience

We focus our practice on creating fun experiences while empowering the kids to create a habit of morning and evening home care.

We believe that educating children on proper dental health is one of the first steps to a lifetime of oral and overall wellness.

Parents and children should feel welcome to ask questions during their visit, and we always try to make learning a fun experience for everyone.

We Believe In Positive Dental Education

Looking after your children’s teeth properly can lead to fewer problems and lower expenses for them in their adulthood.

Dental care is an essential part of your child’s overall health, and diet has a huge impact on how healthy their teeth are.

  • A diet rich in vitamins and minerals will help your child to grow strong, healthy teeth.
  • Fruits and vegetables are the best food you can give your children for dental care and so many other health reasons.
  • Drinking water is also important, as is eating cheese and other foods rich in calcium.

We strongly advise you to limit how much sugary food your child eats.

By minimizing foods with high sugar content, like soft drinks and candy, children can grow with very few dental issues and may never need to have a cavity filled.

  • Candies, cookies, cakes, desserts are all causes of cavities.
  • Pop and juice should be limited as well, as these are both full of sugar.
  • Sticky and chewy foods such as syrups, dried fruit, honey, and cereal bars tend to stick to teeth.

Children should always brush their teeth after having any of these.

How To Care For Your Child’s Dental Health

Children are at high risk for cavities and tooth decay development due to improper brushing habits, unbalanced diet and poor food choices.

When Do Baby Teeth First Come In?

A child’s first baby tooth will appear within their first year and will usually get all of their baby teeth by the time they are 3 years old. Though these teeth are temporary, they serve an important role in a child’s oral health.

If you pay great attention to your child’s nutrition habits, this will affect their baby teeth positively and allow your child to chew properly.

Healthy baby teeth will also help with your child’s speech development.

How To Care For Your Child’s Baby Teeth?

A child has 20 baby teeth total, and adult teeth will start to come in around the age of 6.

While adult teeth develop, baby teeth allow a child to chew, speak and aid in providing the mouth with structure.

If a baby tooth falls out prematurely, adult teeth may become crooked or crowded when they come in.

Children who learn to care for their teeth at an early age will develop healthy dental habits later in life.

This is why it is extremely important to bring your child to the dentist at a young age.

When Do Adult Teeth Start To Come In?

Your child’s first adult teeth will come in by the age of six or seven years.

These molars will start appearing in the back of the mouth, behind the baby teeth. This is also the time when your child’s baby teeth will start to fall out.

Your child will likely have all of his or her adult teeth by age 12.

The most common problems we see in children are cavities and gum disease.

The occurrence and severity of both can be greatly reduced with regular teeth brushing and flossing.

The Role Of A Child’s Diet

Diet plays a major role in a child’s dental health.

By minimizing foods with high sugar content, like soft drinks and candy, children can grow with very few dental issues and may never need to have a cavity filled.

Avoid the following foods to ensure optimal dental health for your child:

  • Carbonated beverages and sugary drinks
  • Sticky candy
  • Dried fruit
  • Starchy foods

Cavities and other dental issues associated with children can result in dental pain and difficulty with chewing, playing and speaking.

Have questions or concerns regarding your child’s oral health? Contact our Pediatric Dentist today.

Evening & Weekend Appointment

We understand that you are busy and don’t always have time to visit a dentist for a routine checkup in the middle of your Monday. That’s why we offer extended hours from 7:00 AM to 8:30 PM Monday through Thursday.

We are also open all throughout the weekend. That’s right, we’re open every day of the week.

Direct Billing To Insurance Plans

To support our clients, we offer direct billing, predeterminations of treatments, and financial arrangements to all our patients to ensure smooth and easy payment transactions.

Payment Plans & Financing Available

We understand that dental services can be an unexpected expense. That’s why we offer flexible payment plans and options to suit our patients’ needs. Speak with one of our dental assistants to learn more.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why does my child need x-rays every six months?

As opposed to adults, children’s mouths and teeth are developing and changing at a rapid rate. Children are also more susceptible to cavities, and x-rays can identify any signs of tooth decay.

What can you expect at your child’s first dental appointment?

During this visit, the dentist or hygienist will go over your child’s health history and address any specific questions or concerns you have pertaining to your child’s overall oral health. Your dentist can also inform you about your child’s oral development, such as teething and future development. They can give you helpful advice on keeping your child’s teeth and mouth healthy, such as dietary tips to prevent cavities.

At your child’s first dental visit, the dentist will show you how to properly clean your child’s teeth, and give advice about what kind of dental routine to follow. Depending on the age and/or state of your child’s teeth, the dentist may perform some cleaning or administer fluoride.

Do you offer any dental sedation methods for children?

Conscious sedation is used on children that require multiple procedures at once. This type of sedation is also used on children with special needs because it allows them to relax while the dental work is being done. Conscious sedation will not put your child to sleep, although they may become sleepy. They will still be able to respond to voices and have full control over their protective resources. These include:

  • Gas (inhaled)
  • Pill or syrup (swallowed)
  • Shot (injected)
  • Intravenously (through the veins)

Oral sedation is another form of dental sedation used for children. This type of sedation is often used on children who require more help when it comes to sitting still. It is also used when a child is extremely anxious about their dental procedure.

General anesthesia will render your child unconscious so that the dentist can safely work on their mouth. Your child will fall into a deep sleep and will feel no pain. General anesthesia is administered in a hospital by an anesthesiologist and is required for larger surgeries like the removal of tonsils. Your child will be monitored when they are under general anesthesia to ensure that no risks are incurred.

What foods are bad for children's teeth?

There are certain foods you need to make sure your children understand are not good for their teeth. Below are 4 of the worst foods for your kids’ teeth.

  • Carbonated beverages and sugary drinks
  • Sticky candy
  • Dried fruit
  • Starchy foods

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