Child Hygiene Program
At Panatella Dental, we understand the importance of starting oral health care early. That’s why we recommend you take your child as early as possible to a pediatric dentist. NW Calgary residents can turn to our clinic for our comprehensive Child Hygiene Program. This program is designed to highlight the importance of proper oral hygiene from a young age, and actively involves parents, caregivers and siblings to promote a family-wide focus on healthy habits. We believe that an educational and trusting relationship between dentist, hygienist, parent and child creates a solid foundation for a lifetime of sparkling smiles.
Panatella Dental's Calgary office is equipped with everything necessary to make visits to the dentist enjoyable and positive for all children. Our always-welcoming staff knows how to put kids at ease – and if that's not enough, our super-fun, 15-foot grain elevator replica equipped with touchscreen gaming systems and cable TV should do the trick! What's more, all of our operatories house cable TV, and a Treasure Tower of toys for your child to play with.
Complimentary Happy Visits
Going to the dentist for the first time can be scary, especially when you’re very young. That’s why Panatella Dental provides complimentary happy visits for children under the age of 3 to help them learn about dental health and instill that dental offices are actually fun!
This first visit is usually short and involves a brief dental examination. The complimentary happy visit is designed to allow your child to meet our dentists and hygienists in a non-threatening and friendly way.
The examination itself will be brief but comprehensive. Our dentist or hygienist will check your child’s teeth for decay, examine your child’s bite and scan the gums, jaw and oral tissues for any potential problems. If problems are found, your child’s teeth will be cleaned. The need for a fluoride treatment will also be assessed at this time.
After the examination, our dentists and hygienists will educate you about children’s oral health care basics, discuss dental developmental issues and answer any questions you may have.
Our team is exceptional at communicating with children of all ages, and many members of our friendly staff are parents themselves. By encouraging proper dental care and techniques in a comfortable and caring environment, our child patients have an enjoyable time at the office and are eager to continue future dental visits – meaning less hassle for mom and dad!
Your child's long-term oral health starts with early prevention and awareness. At Panatella Dental, we're committed to being a children's dentist in Calgary by providing families with a fun environment and unparalleled quality care with each visit.
Your child’s first set of teeth, the primary teeth, are far more important to your child’s future dental health than you may imagine. Strong, healthy primary teeth can help your child chew food more easily, speak more clearly, and develop a positive self-image. In addition to this, normal healthy primary teeth act as spacers, permitting the permanent teeth which replace them, to assume their proper position in the mouth. If a primary tooth is lost prematurely, your child may need to wear a space maintainer until the permanent tooth erupts. Otherwise, the teeth beside it may tilt toward the empty space, causing the permanent teeth to come in crooked.
Going to the Dentist
Regular visits to the dentist are an essential part of maintaining oral health. Ideally, it is best to take your child to the dentist between 2 and 3 years of age. The earlier you begin, the better chance your dentist has to prevent problems, which is a lot easier and less expensive than fixing them.
Reasons for regular visits:
The dentist may also want to have your child’s teeth cleaned and a fluoride gel or solution applied.
It is important for the first visit to be a positive experience for your child. Tell your child that the dentist is a friendly doctor who will help him or her stay healthy. You know your child and are, therefore, the best judge of how to get him or her ready for the first visit. An anxious parent can transfer anxiety to the child, so be positive, as you would with any important new experience.
It is recommended that children visit the dentist every six months. Your dentist and other members of the dental staff can do a lot to protect your child from dental disease. By starting dental visits at an early age and keeping them regular, you can help your child have strong, healthy teeth all throughout life.
If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, please give us a call immediately so our dentists in Calgary can provide you with the urgent care you need. You can reach Panatella Dental at 403-226-4788.