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.


Helping Kids Develop Healthy Oral Hygiene Habits

Helping Kids Develop Healthy Oral Hygiene Habits

Posted Nov 8th, 2017 in General Information

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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Caring for & Cleaning Mouth Guards

Caring for & Cleaning Mouth Guards

Posted Oct 25th, 2017 in Helpful Tips for Parents, General Information

Whether your children use a night mouth guard to prevent teeth grinding during sleep, or a sports mouth guard to protect their teeth and jaw when playing sports, it’s very important to keep the mouth guard clean!

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Is Teeth Whitening Safe for Kids?

Is Teeth Whitening Safe for Kids?

Posted Oct 11th, 2017 in General Information, Pediatric Dentistry

There are a few important reasons that our Burnaby children's dentists advise against using teeth whitening products for children.

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How to Make Flossing Easier for Kids & Teens

How to Make Flossing Easier for Kids & Teens

Posted Aug 30th, 2017 in General Information

In addition to brushing, children and teens must floss regularly (just like adults!) to keep their teeth and gums healthy. However, flossing can be tricky, and young children in particular may struggle to properly manipulate the floss. Here are some ideas to help make flossing easier for kids and teens.

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Order of Eruption: Primary Teeth

Order of Eruption: Primary Teeth

Posted Jul 19th, 2017 in General Information, Pediatric Dentistry

This handy guide from our Burnaby dentists provides the basics about teething, from when you can expect your child’s baby teeth to come in, to the order they’re going to erupt in!

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My Teething Baby is Grumpy! What Should I Do?

My Teething Baby is Grumpy! What Should I Do?

Posted Jun 21st, 2017 in General Information, Pediatric Dentistry

Teething can be quite difficult and even painful for babies. The following tips will help bring your baby some relief during this uncomfortable process.

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Taking Care of Oral Piercings: A Guide for Teens

Taking Care of Oral Piercings: A Guide for Teens

Posted Jun 7th, 2017 in General Information, Preparing Your Child

Tongue, lip, cheek or uvula piercings are popular among teens and adults alike. We typically advise against oral piercings, but if your teen already has one, here’s some advice for taking care of properly.

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5 Surprising Things the Dentist Can Tell by Looking at Your Child’s Teeth

5 Surprising Things the Dentist Can Tell by Looking at Your Child’s Teeth

Posted May 24th, 2017 in Health & Nutrition, General Information

The dentist can tell a variety of things about your child’s daily life and health simply by examining his or her teeth. Here are four things you may not realize the dentist can deduce!

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Choosing a Toothbrush for Your Toddler

Choosing a Toothbrush for Your Toddler

Posted Mar 22nd, 2017 in General Information

These days, toothbrushes come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, so you can choose one that’s just right for your toddler. Here’s a guide to get you started.

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Teaching Good Brushing Techniques: Chewable Revealing Tablets

Teaching Good Brushing Techniques: Chewable Revealing Tablets

Posted Jan 17th, 2017 in General Information

When children are first learning to brush and floss, it can be hard to tell if they're getting their teeth clean enough, or missing spots. Chewable revealing tablets are a useful tool for highlighting any remaining plaque after a brushing session.

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Choosing Toothpaste & Floss for Children

Choosing Toothpaste & Floss for Children

Posted Dec 7th, 2016 in General Information

Choosing the right toothpaste or floss for children is pretty simple, but there are a few points you may want to consider to make the brushing and flossing routine easier on you and your child.

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New Moms & Oral Health

New Moms & Oral Health

Posted Nov 23rd, 2016 in General Information

If you're a new mom, you know that taking care of your new baby often takes precedence over taking care of yourself. While this is understandable, oral health is one area that you must not neglect - both for your own sake, and that of baby.

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Can Children Get Gum Disease?

Can Children Get Gum Disease?

Posted Oct 5th, 2016 in General Information

Most people think of gum disease as something that adults get. But children are at a risk for gum disease, too, and for them, just like with adults, prevention is they key to healthy gums.

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Choosing the Right Toothbrush for Your Child

Choosing the Right Toothbrush for Your Child

Posted Aug 24th, 2016 in General Information

To choose the right toothbrush for your children, you must consider a variety of factors, including age, ability, and dental health needs. The following simple guidelines will help you choose the right toothbrush for your child.

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Stages of Oral Development - The Teen Years

Stages of Oral Development - The Teen Years

Posted Aug 17th, 2016 in General Information

Most teenagers have developed almost all of their permanent teeth (except, in most cases, the wisdom teeth) by their early teens, and preventative dental hygiene and sometimes orthodontics will become the main features in their dental care.

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Stages of Oral Development 6 - 12

Stages of Oral Development 6 - 12

Posted Jun 22nd, 2016 in General Information

Between 6 and 12, many things will change inside your children’s mouths. By the age of 12, almost all of the permanent teeth will have erupted.

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Supplements to Brushing & Flossing

Supplements to Brushing & Flossing

Posted Jun 15th, 2016 in General Information

Although brushing and flossing are the most important element of children’s daily oral care routine, there are a few other simple things you and your children can do to keep your teeth healthy between brushing and flossing sessions.

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Breastfeeding & Babies' Oral Health

Breastfeeding & Babies' Oral Health

Posted May 11th, 2016 in General Information

While breastfeeding is not the right choice for every child and/or mother, it can have a variety of benefits when it comes to children’s oral health.

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Smoking & Oral Health

Smoking & Oral Health

Posted Mar 30th, 2016 in General Information

At Smile Town Burnaby, we know that resisting peer pressure can be hard for teens. But when it comes to smoking especially, it's important that parents arm them with the tools they need to resist – both for their overall health, and for their oral health.

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Teething: What to Expect

Teething: What to Expect

Posted Mar 23rd, 2016 in General Information

Teething can be a difficult and uncomfortable process for both you and your baby. however, if you know what to expect ahead of time, and how to handle the issues that arise, it can go a lot more smoothly.

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Stages of Oral Development: 4 - 6

Stages of Oral Development: 4 - 6

Posted Feb 17th, 2016 in General Information

Children's mouths are in an almost continuous state of change between the infant and teenage years. Here, you'll learn what to expect in your child's oral development between the ages of 4 and 6.

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Stages of Oral Development - 0 - 2 Years of Age

Stages of Oral Development - 0 - 2 Years of Age

Posted Jan 6th, 2016 in Helpful Tips for Parents, General Information

In the first two years of life, babies develop their first set of teeth - their baby teeth. This period is an extremely important one for good oral health.

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Stages of Oral Development: 2 - 4 Years of Age

Stages of Oral Development: 2 - 4 Years of Age

Posted Dec 30th, 2015 in Helpful Tips for Parents, General Information

When children are between the 2 and 4, teething continues with the eruption of molars, and new eating patterns can have an impact children’s oral health.

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Why Are Teens at a Higher Risk of Gum Disease?

Why Are Teens at a Higher Risk of Gum Disease?

Posted Dec 16th, 2015 in Helpful Tips for Parents, General Information

Teens are at a higher risk of gum disease as a result of the hormonal changes they go through as they develop into adults. Fortunately, there are various effective ways to reduce this risk for your teenager.

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Preventing Dental Decay in Children

Preventing Dental Decay in Children

Posted Nov 4th, 2015 in Helpful Tips for Parents, General Information

There's a wide variety of options for preventing tooth decay in your children early on, that will help give them the best chance at a healthy smile for life.

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