Let’s be honest. Taking your child for a dental appointment may not be the favorite way to spend your day. If the thought of scheduling a dental visit for your little one makes you break out in hives, you don’t have to feel this way. Your child’s dental visit is pretty quick and straightforward, but more importantly, it prepares them for a lifetime of good oral habits.

Are you looking for a child-friendly dentist in Fort McMurray, Alberta? Please partner with Stoneycreek Village Dental for all your child’s dental care needs. We offer a comfortable, fun, and friendly atmosphere to create a pleasant experience for your child.

When should children have their first pediatric dental visit?

According to the Canadian Dental Association, a child should see a dentist by the time the first tooth erupts but not later than their first birthday. While your child may only have a few teeth, pediatric dental care helps monitor the development of their teeth and gums. It’s also a perfect opportunity to get responses to all the questions you might have about your child’s oral health.

Why does pediatric dental care matter?

You don’t have to wait until your baby develops all its teeth to lay the foundation for good oral health. Like adults, children are at risk of tooth decay and cavities. In fact, nearly 32% of kids aged 2-11 have experienced tooth decay. Pediatric dental care prevents tooth decay and cavities by encouraging at-home oral hygiene alongside bi-annual dental cleanings.

The other benefits of children’s dental care include:

  • Prevents gum disease
  • Eliminates bad breath
  • Fights off dental anxiety at an early age
  • Establishes a routine that lasts for a lifetime

Pediatric dental care at our practice starts with a comprehensive oral exam. We examine the gums, teeth, jaws, and other oral structures to monitor their development. Dental exams also enable us to detect cavities, bruxism, gum disease, misalignments, and other abnormalities and devise a corrective treatment plan to restore optimal health.

Pediatric dental care services near me

Want the best dental care for your child? Stoneycreek Village Dental is here to help your child achieve their dental wellness goals. If you live in Fort McMurray, AB, and the nearby areas, please dial (780) 666-7327 to join our dental family.

When should kids start seeing the dentist?

We recommend that you bring your child in to see the dentist before the age of 1 or as soon as the first tooth erupts. This helps us monitor oral development and advise you on appropriate care.

Why do children need dental care?

Early dental care sets your children up for a lifetime of healthy smiles. Children are especially prone to cavities, so regular dental care can help to prevent and treat cavities. Pediatric dental care also helps kids establish good dental care habits that will stick with them for life and gives them a positive experience with dentists.

Do kids require special dental care?

Yes, as children’s teeth are still developing, they require special care. Pediatric dentists will consider future dental development and children’s unique needs in all their dental care. 

What can I do if my child doesn’t like going to the dentist?

First you will want to ensure that your child is seeing a pediatric dentist or child friendly dentist who knows how to interact with children. Then you can talk openly with your child about their fears and gently address them. Be an active part of their dental care at home and model a positive outlook when going to see the dentist. Consider combining a visit with the dentist with something your child enjoys so they can make a positive association.

Dr. Yohannes Melkie, DMD EAT Bio

Dr. Yohannes Melkie

Dr. Yohannes Melkie obtained his Biomedical Science degree from the University of Ottawa and his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Western Ontario. After graduation, he moved to Fort Mac, where he has practiced since.

Dr. Melkie follows various conferences and training sessions to stay current so he can provide the best quality treatment to his patients. He enjoys collaborating with patients to ensure they get the best care.