Preparing Your Child For Dental Care

Preparing you child for his or her dental appointment can go a long way in making sure it goes smoothly. Here, you'll find all sorts of tips and advice on helping children feel comfortable with dental care.


When should my child have their first dentist appointment?

When should my child have their first dentist appointment?

As soon the first baby teeth erupt, children need dental care. This may seem surprisingly young, but there are many good reasons that your child should visit the dentist early. 

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Tips on How Manage Your Child's Behaviour at the Dentist

Tips on How Manage Your Child's Behaviour at the Dentist

When it comes to easing your child's fears around visiting the dentist there are a number of easy techniques you can try. Here are a few tips from our children’s dentists on what you can do before, during and after your child's dental appointments.

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3 Books to Help Prepare Your Child for a Dentist Appointment

3 Books to Help Prepare Your Child for a Dentist Appointment

When it comes to helping children not be afraid of the dentist, parents and caregivers play an important role. A fun and easy way to help you child to prepare for their upcoming dental appointment is with age appropriate books. 

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Visiting the Dentist with an Autistic Child

Visiting the Dentist with an Autistic Child

Visiting the dentist with an autistic child can be stressful for parents and children. Here are some tips from our children's dentists on how create a positive dental experience for everyone. 

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Baby’s First Year of Oral Health: Tips for Parents

Baby’s First Year of Oral Health: Tips for Parents

Here are a few tips for parents from out Smile Town North Delta children’s dentist on how to handle baby’s first year of oral health.

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A Tip For Parents: Try a Countdown Brushing Calendar

A Tip For Parents: Try a Countdown Brushing Calendar

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

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

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How To Help If Your Child Is Nervous About Visiting the Dentist

How To Help If Your Child Is Nervous About Visiting the Dentist

Feeling nervous about visiting the dentist is very common for adults and children alike! Here’s some advice for how you, as a parent, can help your children feel better about her upcoming appointment.

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The Weird History of Dentistry

The Weird History of Dentistry

Teach your kids about the history of dentistry, and how it has changed over thousands of years of history!

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Watch Video: Sesame Street's

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

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

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

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

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Oral Health Apps for Kids & Teens

Oral Health Apps for Kids & Teens

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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4 More Great YouTube Videos For Kids About Dental Health

4 More Great YouTube Videos For Kids About Dental Health

To prepare your kids for visiting the dentist, it can help to have a variety of fun resources at your disposal. The following dental health videos are some of our recent favourites on YouTube.

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An Oral Health Eggsperiment

An Oral Health Eggsperiment

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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A “Health Minute” with Grover & Kermit the Frog

A “Health Minute” with Grover & Kermit the Frog

The team at SmileTown Burnaby loves to share fun ways for parents to prepare their children for visiting the dentist. This Sesame Street clip, featuring Grover and Kermit the Frog, will have both parents and children giggling!

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Book Feature: Open Wide, Tooth School Inside

Book Feature: Open Wide, Tooth School Inside

Open Wide: Tooth School Inside by Laurie Keller is a fun and funny introduction to teeth.

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SmileTown Book Club: Bear’s Loose Tooth

SmileTown Book Club: Bear’s Loose Tooth

In the book Bear's Loose Tooth by Karma Wilson, Bear's friend's help him remain calm when he realizes that he has a loose tooth!

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Taking Care of Oral Piercings: A Guide for Teens

Taking Care of Oral Piercings: A Guide for Teens

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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Fun Dental Facts to Share with Your Kids

Fun Dental Facts to Share with Your Kids

To get your kids to take a more active role in their oral health, it's a good idea to get them interested in the topic. Here are a few fun dental facts about teeth and oral health to share with your kids!

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Poems & Songs for Kids About Visiting the Dentist

Poems & Songs for Kids About Visiting the Dentist

Books and other media can be very helpful in putting children at ease when preparing them for a visit to the dentist. Here are some funny and educational poems and songs about dentistry that you and your child can read or sing together!

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Smile Town Book Club: Arthur’s Tooth, by Marc Brown

Smile Town Book Club: Arthur’s Tooth, by Marc Brown

In "Arthur's Tooth", by Marc Brown, Arthur the aardvark watches as all his friends get visits from the tooth fairy, while his own loose baby tooth just will not to fall out!

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Dental Books For Kids: YouTube Read Alouds

Dental Books For Kids: YouTube Read Alouds

We often share our favourite books about dental health and visiting the dentist here on our blog, so that you, in turn, can share them with your child! But did you know that many of these books are also featured is some really great Youtube read-alouds?

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Smile Town Book Club: The Tooth Book, By Dr. Suess

Smile Town Book Club: The Tooth Book, By Dr. Suess

Teeth: they sure come in handy when you need to chew or smile! The Tooth Book, by the much loved Dr. Suess, teaches kids all about the things their teeth can do, and how to take care of them, too!

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A Few Great Youtube Videos About Dental Health for Kids

A Few Great Youtube Videos About Dental Health for Kids

Here on the SmileTown Burnaby blog, we often recommend children’s books about dental health and oral hygiene. Today, we’d like to share a few great Youtube videos about dental health for children.

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