Tips and Information For Parents

As parents, you have many questions and concerns about your children's oral health. Here, we share lots of useful tips and insights that will help you stay informed about your kid's long-term dental health.


Help, my child won't stop thumb sucking!

Help, my child won't stop thumb sucking!

Posted Nov 26th, 2019

While gentle thumb sucking is a natural reflex, that may help babies 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?

Posted Nov 13th, 2019

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?

Posted Sep 30th, 2019

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?

Posted Sep 19th, 2019

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?

Posted Sep 3rd, 2019

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

Posted Jul 9th, 2019

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

Posted May 21st, 2019

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

Posted May 7th, 2019

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?

Posted Jan 10th, 2019

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

Posted Dec 21st, 2018

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?

Posted Nov 29th, 2018

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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How To Keep Your Teen’s Smile Healthy

How To Keep Your Teen’s Smile Healthy

Posted Oct 16th, 2018

For teens who established good oral hygiene routines as children, keeping their teeth and gums healthy as the grow into young adulthood should come naturally. That said, here are some tips from our Burnaby dentists on how to keep teen’s smile’s healthy.

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A Tip For Parents: Try a Countdown Brushing Calendar

A Tip For Parents: Try a Countdown Brushing Calendar

Posted Oct 2nd, 2018

If you are having a hard time getting your kids to stay consistent about brushing and flossing, setting up a reward system via a countdown brushing calendar may help!

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Elmo’s World: Brush Your Teeth

Elmo’s World: Brush Your Teeth

Posted Sep 18th, 2018

With this Sesame Street Video, your kids can brush their teeth with Elmo, and some special friends, too!

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3 Two-Minute Songs to Play During Brushing

3 Two-Minute Songs to Play During Brushing

Posted Sep 4th, 2018

It can be tricky getting kids to brush for the full two minutes required for optimum oral health. To make it a little more fun, here are three great songs to play for your kids while they brush!

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Early Baby Tooth Loss: What To Do

Early Baby Tooth Loss: What To Do

Posted Jun 20th, 2018

Baby teeth are supposed to fall out to be replaced by permanent teeth, but sometimes they can fall out too early. Find out what to do when this happens.

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What Causes Bad Breath in Children?

What Causes Bad Breath in Children?

Posted Apr 25th, 2018

It happens to the best of us – occasionally, we all have less than pleasant breath! This is true for children as well. Learn about the causes of bad breath in children, and how it can be prevented.

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Watch Video: Sesame Street's

Watch Video: Sesame Street's "Can't Go Wrong"

Posted Mar 28th, 2018

Elmo and his friend Abby rock out to a song about crunchy vegetables, and how great they are for your teeth, in this fun Sesame Street video clip!

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Your Child’s First Dental Cleaning: What to Expect

Your Child’s First Dental Cleaning: What to Expect

Posted Mar 14th, 2018

Your child should begin visiting the dentist twice a year starting at the eruption of the first tooth. Here’s what to expect from the first dental cleaning.

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Book Feature: Peppa Pig: The Tooth Fairy

Book Feature: Peppa Pig: The Tooth Fairy

Posted Jan 31st, 2018

Peppa Pig: The Tooth Fairy is a great introduction to why and how children lose their baby teeth!

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How To Brush With an Electric Toothbrush

How To Brush With an Electric Toothbrush

Posted Jan 17th, 2018

An electric toothbrush can make the brushing process much easier and more fun for children. Here are some tips for teaching your child how to brush with an electric toothbrush.

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Oral Health Apps for Kids & Teens

Oral Health Apps for Kids & Teens

Posted Jan 3rd, 2018

There's an app for pretty much anything you can think of these days, and that includes dental health! We’ve compiled this list of kid-friendly oral health apps that may help get your child or teen to take more of an interest in their dental health.

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What is Puberty Gingivitis?

What is Puberty Gingivitis?

Posted Dec 6th, 2017

Puberty gingivitis is an easily preventable type of gingivitis that can develop children. This oral disease is very similar to that in adults.

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An Oral Health Eggsperiment

An Oral Health Eggsperiment

Posted Nov 22nd, 2017

Here's a quick and easy dental experiment using eggs, for parents or teachers looking for a fun, hands on experiment to teach kids about dental health and facilitate discussion about the importance of oral hygiene!

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Helping Kids Develop Healthy Oral Hygiene Habits

Helping Kids Develop Healthy Oral Hygiene Habits

Posted Nov 8th, 2017

Helping children develop healthy oral hygiene habits that last is just as important as teaching them the correct brushing and flossing techniques. Here are some tips and ideas for helping your children develop a healthy dental hygiene routines.

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