Enjoy Canada’s 150th Birthday With Your Kids & Help Them To Enjoy The Summer Without Dental Problems

Dr. James Hallam of Laurentian Dental Centre Kitchener

Dr. James Hallam, Laurentian Dental, Kitchener

With school holidays now started, your kids’ are probably playing outside, heading to the pool, relaxing with friends, and hopefully celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday this weekend. Why not do something special with your kids’ on Canada’s 150th? Perhaps an afternoon ride on a vintage steam train from Market Square in Woolwich? Or one of the many musical concerts at the University of Waterloo’s Cultural Stage including a Canada 150 Salute!

Happy 150 Canada Day from Laurentian Dental

Happy 150th Birthday Canada!

This summer holiday period is also a perfect time to visit us at Laurentian Dental for your child’s all important semi-annual exam. By seeing us during the summer holidays your child won’t need to miss school, music lessons, soccer practice or any other scheduled event for their required check-up. Our hygienists and dentists can conduct a thorough examination, and provide your child with an appropriate dental home care regimen. Moreover, if we find something that will require more than one visit, summertime is generally a much better time for a series of appointments.

Preventing tooth decay and gum disease while children are young is a much better alternative than subsequent treatment down the road. By starting early, good dental prevention habits are instilled in your child. The long term benefits are a healthy, beautiful smile throughout your child’s life.

“By starting early, good dental prevention habits are instilled in your child. The long term benefits are a healthy, beautiful smile throughout your child’s life.”

While they’re here, we can review important issues like proper brushing and flossing techniques because by the age of 8, most children are capable of brushing and flossing on their own, however many children do not brush long enough to properly clean their teeth. Many young children only brush for about a minute, although it takes 2 to 3 minutes to adequately remove dental plaque from the mouth.

During the summer dental exam, our hygienists and dentists will look for tooth decay and gum problems in kindergarten and first graders that may affect the new permanent teeth that will be erupting in their mouths. In fifth graders, in addition to the regular check-up, our dental team concentrates on skeletal problems that may affect bites, and that can be corrected by orthodontic treatment. In eighth graders and beyond, tooth decay and periodontal disease are areas of concentration.

Also as dentists, we (unfortunately) see more cases of preventable dental trauma in June, July and August than in all other months combined, so for young athletes, we can custom-fit professionally designed mouth guards to keep their mouths and teeth protected properly during sports, and we can counsel them about the best way to prevent oral injuries and help them survive the summer with their teeth and smiles intact.

Summer dental visits can also benefit the pocketbook by translating into early detection and less expensive, more cost- effective treatment.

Yours for better dental health,

Put Your Best Smile Forward!

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