Your Questions, Answered.

At what age should I bring my child to the dentist?

It is best to bring in your child before their first birthday, or six months after their first tooth makes an appearance.  Introducing them to their dentist early in life reduces fear and anxiety that can accompany a visit to the dentist.

Why do you take so many x-rays?

A complete set of dental x-rays is necessary to give us the whole picture so we can develop your personal dental plan. There are several things that a dentist can’t see just by looking in your mouth.  They include:

  • Tiny cavities
  • Some types of tumours
  • Bone loss from gum disease
  • Damage from trauma
  • Developmental defects
  • Small areas of decay between the teeth
  • The placement of unerupted teeth
  • Bone damage caused by tooth infection
  • Decay that occurs below existing fillings
Why does my son have two rows of teeth?

No, he’s not part shark, but he does have what is known as paediatric shark teeth. This happens when the permanent teeth decide to come through before the baby teeth have fallen out.  We are born with 20 baby teeth. They usually break through the gums around six month of age. Around age four to six, the adult teeth push them out. When the baby teeth don’t give the adult teeth room to come out, a second row appears behind the baby teeth. 

This often does not require anything but patience. If a baby tooth refuses to come out, we can remove it, giving the new tooth plenty of room to move into place.

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