Are healthy teeth connected to good grades?
Dental decay is one of the most common health concerns among Canadian children, and painful cavities and other concerns can lead to school absences or make it difficult to concentrate. Even if your child’s teeth are healthy, check-ups during the school year can cause unnecessary stress for the whole family. That’s why Allard Dental Centre in Langley suggests scheduling the entire family’s dental check-ups this summer!
“Summer time is the best time to do kids’ dental treatments as there are no conflicts with school days. Kids can rest after dental treatment with no stress that they need to go to school the day after,” says Dr. Fatemeh Basij, DDS, former UBC instructor and the owner of Allard Dental Centre. “Our goal is to prepare students for school, so they can attend with no dental issues.”
It’s easy to schedule simultaneous visits for the whole family, and the office is stroller-accessible with abundant free parking.
“We are a young family too, and want to make visits as effortless as possible for other Langley families,” Dr. Basij says.
Before your visit
Talk to your child about the dentist in the days leading up to their visit. Explain why regular checkups are important, and also what to expect during their appointment. Describe the special dentist’s chair, and common tools including suction, scalers and the mouth mirror.
“Let your child know that they are in control of the visit. If they’re in pain or just need a break, encourage them to speak up,” Dr. Basij says.
Prepare yourself too! Talk to your dentist about any concerns you have, and remember that your feeling towards dental visits may be different from your child’s. Bring along your child’s complete health history, and also share behavioural insights that may make the visit go smoother.
The first visit
Dr. Basij recommends children have their first dental visit between six and 12 months, or within six months of the first tooth coming in.
“We’ll spend time on the first visit helping your child feel comfortable with the dentist, demonstrating proper home cleaning and answering questions. Depending on the age of your child and their oral health, we will also do a gentle cleaning,” she says.
Children should schedule regular dental visits, just like adults. Most dentists recommend a visit every six months, although your dentist may schedule more frequent visits to improve hygiene or help your child build comfort and confidence.
Convenient appointments for the whole family
Book appointments for the whole family this summer at allarddentalcentre.ca or call 604-882-0568. Their office is conveniently located at 301-21183 88 Ave., Langley with abundant free parking, and simultaneous appointments to accommodate families. Find them on Facebook and Instagram for more dental tips.