General Information & Tips

Learn all about your child oral health, hygiene and cleaning tips and advice, and everything you need to know about children's dental care.


Helping Your Child Learn to Brush Their Teeth

Helping Your Child Learn to Brush Their Teeth

Learning good oral hygiene habits young can help to set your child up for a lifetime of healthy smiles, but our Burnaby children's dentists know that teaching your child how to clean their teeth properly takes some work. Below are a few tips on how to teach your child to brush their teeth.

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Is fruit juice safe for my child's teeth?

Is fruit juice safe for my child's teeth?

While fruit juices may seem like a heathy drink to offer your young child, even unsweetened fruit juice is packed with sugars and acids that can damage children's teeth. Our Delta children’s dentists explain why water is typically the best thirst quencher for kids.

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Peppa Pig Teaches How to Care for Your Teeth

Peppa Pig Teaches How to Care for Your Teeth

Your young child is going to love learning how to clean and care for their teeth by watching as Peppa Pig and her little brother George go step-by-step through the process of brushing their teeth. This video helps to make learning about oral hygiene fun for little ones.

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2 Minute Video Timers to Keep Your Little One Brushing

2 Minute Video Timers to Keep Your Little One Brushing

At SmileTown Burnaby our dentists understand it can be a struggle to keep your kids brushing for the full 2 minutes recommended by the Canadian Dental Association. So we've found 2 fun timers to help you to keep your child happily brushing for two minutes.

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Fun Pop-Up Books that Encourage Kids to Brush Their Teeth

Fun Pop-Up Books that Encourage Kids to Brush Their Teeth

Many parents find it challenging to get young children to brush their teeth. If you and your little one frequently clash over oral hygiene here are some fun pop-up book suggestions from our Burnaby children's dentists to help encourage your child to brush.

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Phase 1 Orthodontic Treatment Explained

Phase 1 Orthodontic Treatment Explained

Our Burnaby children's dentists explain how phased interceptive orthodontics allows orthodontic treatment to begin early, in order to take advantage of the child's ongoing oral development. 

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Is fluoride safe for kids?

Is fluoride safe for kids?

Over the years there has been a lot of discussion about whether fluoride is safe for kids. Today our Burnaby children's dentists share some tips on how and when fluoride can be used to help build healthy young smiles.

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Which toothpaste should I choose for my child?

Which toothpaste should I choose for my child?

When it comes to choosing the right toothpaste for your child, the number one factor in your decision making process should be your child's age. Today our Burnaby children's dentists help you to choose the best toothpaste for your child.

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3 Fun Musical Videos to Encourage Your Kids to Keep Brushing

3 Fun Musical Videos to Encourage Your Kids to Keep Brushing

The Canadian Dental Association recommends spending 2-3 minutes brushing our teeth. Our SmileTown children's dentists know that it can be a struggle to keep your kids brushing for 2 full minutes. So, we've found 3 fun musical videos to help keep your kids brushing for the recommended amount of time.

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Book Feature: Doctor De Soto

Book Feature: Doctor De Soto

Doctor De Soto is a mouse dentist who treats animals of various sizes, provided that they don't have a taste for mice. In this fun story Doctor De Soto and his assistant find ingenious ways to help a sly fox with a toothache, in spite of the possible danger.

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How To Encourage Your Child to Floss Daily

How To Encourage Your Child to Floss Daily

Teaching your child to floss early in life can help to develop effective oral hygiene habits that will help to keep your child's smile healthy and bright throughout their lifetime. Here, our Burnaby children's dentists share a few ways to encourage your child to floss daily.

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Will sippy cups affect my child's baby teeth?

Will sippy cups affect my child's baby teeth?

Many well-meaning parents offer their child a sippy cup as a next step when transitioning away from breast or bottle feeding. However, skipping the sippy cup may help protect your child's teeth. Our Burnaby children's dentists explain why...

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When does my child need fluoride?

When does my child need fluoride?

Your child's fluoride requirements should be determined by your dentist based on the child's age and risk of tooth decay. Here, our Burnaby children's dentist explains more about a child's need for fluoride. 

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Are eco-friendly and bamboo toothbrushes suitable for kids?

Are eco-friendly and bamboo toothbrushes suitable for kids?

If you're concerned about the environment, switching your family over to bamboo toothbrushes can help to reduce the use of plastic at home. Here's what to look for if you are considering buying an eco-friendly toothbrush for your child.

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Help, my child won't stop thumb sucking!

Help, my child won't stop thumb sucking!

While gentle thumb sucking is a natural reflex, that may help some babies feel safe and happy, persistent, vigorous thumb sucking can lead to a number of dental problems. 

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When can my child have orthodontic treatment?

When can my child have orthodontic treatment?

Every child's smile is unique, but if you suspect that your child needs orthodontic treatment you're probably wondering when the best time to begin treatment is. Here's a little from our Burnaby children's dentist on when to seek orthodontic treatment for your child. 

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My teen wants a tongue piercing, is it safe?

My teen wants a tongue piercing, is it safe?

Teens love to express their individuality through their appearance, which is why oral piercings are becoming increasingly popular with teens. But is tongue, lip or cheek piercing actually safe?  Here our Burnaby children's dentist explains some of the risks involved in oral piercings. 

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Is dental sedation safe for children?

Is dental sedation safe for children?

Your Burnaby Smile Town dentist may recommend sedation for your child if they are scheduled to undergo a long complex dental procedure, or if your child is very young, nervous or has special needs. Dental sedation is a safe way for children to receive dental treatment that would otherwise be too stressful or even impossible for them to undergo. 

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Can using a pacifier affect my baby's oral health?

Can using a pacifier affect my baby's oral health?

If your baby uses a pacifier for too long, it can lead to abnormal tooth development and dental issues in their developing mouths. Here, our children's dentist explain the pros and cons of pacifiers. 

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How To Choose A Toothbrush For Your Toddler

How To Choose A Toothbrush For Your Toddler

The toothbrush you choose for your toddler should be easy for them to hold and maneuver, and of course, fit comfortably into their mouth. Here, our Burnaby children's dentists help you choose the right toothbrush for your toddler.

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 Establishing Oral Healthcare Routines With Your Child

Establishing Oral Healthcare Routines With Your Child

When it comes to establishing great oral healthcare routines with your child it's never to early! Here, our children's dentists share some ideas for how to help make oral health fun for your little one.

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Teething: The Struggle Is Real

Teething: The Struggle Is Real

Teething is a normal process that all children go through. Baby's first teeth need to break through the gums, which can be painful and distressing. Here, our children's dentists explain the signs and symptoms of teething and offer a few ideas on how to cope with them. 

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My kids hate to brush their teeth. What should I do?

My kids hate to brush their teeth. What should I do?

Do your kids hate to brush their teeth? Here are a few tips from our Smile Town dentists to help make brushing more fun for your child.

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Unusual Tips for Teething Babies

Unusual Tips for Teething Babies

If your baby is teething, it may feel like nothing helps to ease their discomfort. If you’ve tried everything else, here are a few unusual tips that could help get your baby through this tough time.

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Book: You Think It’s Easy Being the Tooth Fairy?

Book: You Think It’s Easy Being the Tooth Fairy?

You Think It’s Easy Being the Tooth Fairy? By author Sheri Bell-Rehwoldt is the essential guide for every child who loses a tooth!

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