Dentistry for Kids
Dr. Sheikh loves treating children and believes in making their dental experience a pleasant one. His patience, care and ability to relate to kids has enabled him to treat hundreds of kids successfully. After a visit to our office, you will find your children will look forward to coming back.
The Canadian Dental Association encourages the assessment of infants, by a dentist, within 6 months of the eruption of the first tooth or by one year of age. The goal is to have your child visit the dentist before there is a problem with his or her teeth. In most cases, a check up every six months will let your child’s dentist catch small problems early.
Here are 3 reasons to take your child for dental check-ups:
- To find out if the cleaning you do at home is working.
- Your dentist can find problems right away and fix them.
- Your child can learn that going to the dentist helps prevent problems.
Sugar Bug Story
This is the story I will go through with your child, to make them feel comfortable, understand visually what we are doing and at the same time have fun and help with the procedure:
- Tell them they need to see Dr. Sheikh because they have sugar bugs in their teeth (show them the picture of the sugar bug). They are little bugs that eat the tooth when they eat too much candy or don’t brush their teeth enough. Also, if they are really cute or pretty, sugar bugs like them even more.
- I will ask them if they know how big sugar bugs are. Because they are so small, I need special glasses to see them. Then I will show them my special sugar bug glasses. These let me find the really small sugar bugs. I also tell them that IF they help me out, I will show them some sugar bugs.
- The next step is putting them to sleep (freezing the teeth). I tell them right now the sugar bugs are having a party in their tooth, and we need to put them to sleep to catch them. If they have good sugar bugs, they go to sleep fast. If they have bad ones, they might pinch a little bit (I may demonstrate on their hand with a little pinch if they allow me to do so). While we are freezing, I tell them they have to stay really big open like a lion so that I can catch them all and I don’t miss any.
- We then proceed to show many of the tools we will use to clean the sugar bugs out. The first is Mister Thirsty. This is the dental suction that helps take away saliva and water from their mouths. There is Little Mr. Thirsty and Big Mr. Thirsty.
- We then show them the air/water syringe that shoots out air and water, or both as a spray (we normally show them on their hand if they allow us to).
- I will then ask them if they know how to swim. Why? Because Sugar Bugs can’t swim so I use my washer (a dental drill that shoots out water) to wash them off the tooth. Also, I will use Mr. Bumpy (another drill that vibrates and tickles the tooth) to shake out all the sugar bugs from their teeth.
- Once the cavity is cleaned we will put a nice white filling in their tooth to protect it so no more sugar bugs come back.