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.


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

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

Posted May 9th, 2018

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

Posted Apr 11th, 2018

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"

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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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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4 More Great YouTube Videos For Kids About Dental Health

4 More Great YouTube Videos For Kids About Dental Health

Posted Dec 20th, 2017

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

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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A “Health Minute” with Grover & Kermit the Frog

A “Health Minute” with Grover & Kermit the Frog

Posted Sep 27th, 2017

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

Posted Sep 13th, 2017

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

Posted Aug 16th, 2017

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

Posted Jun 7th, 2017

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

Posted May 10th, 2017

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

Posted Apr 5th, 2017

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

Posted Jan 3rd, 2017

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

Posted Dec 23rd, 2016

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

Posted Sep 28th, 2016

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

Posted Sep 21st, 2016

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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Great Expectations: Prepare Your Child for the Dentist with a Hands-Off Approach

Great Expectations: Prepare Your Child for the Dentist with a Hands-Off Approach

Posted Sep 14th, 2016

Taking a hands-off approach when discussing those first dental appointments with your child can sometimes go a long way in making those first appointments go well.

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Smile Town Book Club: My Wobbly Tooth Must Never Ever Fall Out, by Lauren Child

Smile Town Book Club: My Wobbly Tooth Must Never Ever Fall Out, by Lauren Child

Posted Jul 13th, 2016

To help prepare children for when their first teeth fall out, pick up a copy of My Wobbly Tooth Must Never Ever Fall Out, by Lauren Child today!

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The Benfits of Invisalign Teen

The Benfits of Invisalign Teen

Posted Jul 6th, 2016

Invisalign clear aligners are a very popular choice for teeth straightening among teenagers. Today, we’d like to explore exactly why this orthodontic option is such a great one for teens.

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Making Oral Health Fun for Your Kids

Making Oral Health Fun for Your Kids

Posted Jun 8th, 2016

One of the most effective ways to make sure your child develops good life-long oral health habits is to make oral health a fun and engaging experience for your child starting at a young age.

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Smile Town Book Club: ‘Throw Your Tooth on the Roof: Tooth Traditions from Around the World’ by Selby B. Beeler

Smile Town Book Club: ‘Throw Your Tooth on the Roof: Tooth Traditions from Around the World’ by Selby B. Beeler

Posted May 4th, 2016

The tooth fairy myth has been helping get North American children interested and engaged in their oral health for decades. Learn about other traditions children around the world participate in when they loose their teeth.

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