Get Answers to All Your Dental Questions

You might have some questions for us before you bring your children into our office. Dr. Adriana Salles and Dr. Mitch Vodrey want to help educate you on our pediatric dental services. If you have any further questions, feel free to give us a call today.

What is a Children’s Pediatric Dentist?
A Pediatric Dentist is a specialist dedicated to children’s oral health and the monitoring of children’s facial growth and development. Topsmiles Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontic’s office is designed for treating children from infancy through adolescence, as well as medically and physically challenged children.

What is the Difference Between a Pediatric Dentist and a Family (or General) Dentist?
A pediatric children’s dentist is a dental specialist trained in dental care for children and teenagers. Pediatric dentists have two or three years of specialty training past dental school and they limit their practice to children only. A pediatric dentist in the pediatrician of dentistry. They are the primary and specialty oral care providers for infants and children. A family dentist will treat patient of all ages.

Tips for Helping Develop Positive Children’s Dental Habits

  • Start by setting an example
  • Make oral health a family effort
  • Show children that daily brushing and flossing, limited snack, and a regular dental checkup schedule are all part of a good dental hygiene program
  • Praise your children’s efforts and their newly acquired independence when they are able to brush and floss on their own

Why Are Baby Teeth So Important; Don’t They Just Fall Out Anyways?
Baby teeth serve the important function of eating, speech, and children’s self-image. These teeth not only help form the developing jaws, but they also save a space for the adult teeth that are developing under the gums, so that a normal bite occurs. The last baby tooth falls out at about 12 or 13 years of age. A decayed baby tooth can become so badly decayed that it can do damage to the permanent tooth. If a primary tooth is lost prematurely, the back teeth may move forward into the empty space in your children’s mouth and block out the un-erupted permanent tooth creating an impaction and an orthodontic problem.

When Should Your Start Taking Kids to See a Children’s Dentist?
Ideally, your child should be seen six months after the eruption of the first baby tooth. This is the perfect time for an initial “get acquainted” visit, and a good time for any parent’s questions to be answered. It is also an excellent time for Dr. Adriana Salles and Dr. Mitch Vodrey to educate the parents about how to bring up a child with healthy teeth. Trust takes time, and the important thing is that the child has a positive experience at the dentist.

When Does My Child Start to Develop/Lose Their Baby/Permanent Teeth?

Primary tooth development

7 Ways to Protect Your Children’s Teeth

Protecting your child’s teeth from an early age is the best way to minimize tooth- and mouth-related problems as your child grows. Use this seven-step plan to develop an oral hygiene strategy that works for you and your child:

  1. See the dentist early. Ideally, your goal should be to take your child to see a dentist by her first birthday.
  2. Start brushing with the first tooth. Although many parents may not feel a need to brush a baby’s first teeth, keeping even the earliest teeth clean and healthy is critical to good oral health later on.
  3. Reconsider the bedtime bottle. Letting a child take a bottle of juice, formula or milk to bed is an invitation for decay development. If your child must have a bottle, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advises filling it only with water.
  4. Use sippy cups wisely. Sugary beverages + prolonged use of sippy cups = tooth decay. The AAP also recommends giving children no more than four ounces of 100% fruit juice per day and restricting sugary beverages to mealtimes only. Many pediatricians and pediatric dentists advise giving juice only as a treat.
  5. Say “bye-bye” to the binky. Pacifiers may be appropriate for infants and until a child turns two, but after that, the pacifier should be avoided to avoid misalignment of the teeth and jaw, which can promote tooth decay and be costly to correct.
  6. Keep an eye on medicines. Many pediatric medicines contain sugar and can promote the growth of bacteria, and prolonged use of antibiotics may cause a fungal infection called thrush. Children using medications to treat chronic conditions are at greater risk for tooth decay, so be sure to discuss these risks with your pediatrician or pediatric dentist.
  7. Stay firm. Although children may complain about brushing and flossing, you’re not doing them any favors by allowing them to avoid good oral care. Get them involved by letting them choose, with your guidance, their own toothpaste or toothbrush, and reward efforts with stickers or other small tokens to keep them motivated.

We care about your child’s dental health 12 months of the year. To maintain proper oral hygiene, we want to keep you informed and provide useful information. We hope you find these articles informative and helpful, and we look forward to seeing you at your child’s next appointment. We care about your child’s dental health 12 months.

Good Health Begins at Birth
Your child’s first visit is free! We believe in making your child’s dental health a priority from birth. We recommend you begin brushing their teeth as soon as their first tooth erupts. To learn more about what you can do to start your child on the road to good dental health, download our guide here.

Tips for Toothbrushing
Brushing your child’s teeth can be difficult the first time. Download our toothbrushing tips guide to learn more about the proper techniques, positioning, as well as the correct toothpaste to use.

Topsmiles Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics

245-3025 Portage Avenue,

Winnipeg, MB R3K 2E2


Monday - Friday 08:30 AM - 04:30 PM

Saturday 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM

Sunday Closed

Service Area 
Winnipeg and surrounding areas
Northern Ontario

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