Dental Care For Your Baby
We’ll make sure your newborn gets off to the right start with their oral hygiene and health.
The Smile Team Difference
We’ve crafted a fun and exciting dental experience for children to ensure that they maintain excellent oral health and positive preventative habits.
MEET DR. CHAHAL
Your child is in great hands with Dr. Chahal and her team!
- Voted Top 3 Pediatric Dentist in Calgary
- Mother of 3 children and empathizes with parents
- Over 13 years of experience working with children
- Experience with complicated and specialized cases
INSURANCE + PAYMENTS
We make every effort to alleviate barriers to excellent care.
- We Follow the Alberta Dental Specialists Fee Guide
WE’RE FUN & FRIENDLY
We’ve created an awesome experience for you and your child!
- Friendly and Energetic Team
- Modern, Renovated, Sports Themed Office
- Free Parking
Dental Care For Your Baby
First of all, we want to congratulate you on the birth of your precious baby!
We want to make sure you are ready for his or her first tooth. Below is some information to help you get ready for a lifetime of smiles!
Even before any teeth come in, your baby’s gums need attention to stay healthy. You should clean your baby’s mouth with a damp washcloth after every feeding. This helps get rid of any food particles and start the habit of good oral care.
When the first tooth appears, it is time to start brushing. You can use two types of brushes. One option is a long-handled toothbrush, which will allow you and your child to hold the handle together as you brush his or her teeth. The other brush fits on your finger. No matter which type of brush you choose, always make sure it has soft bristles.
When you first start brushing your child’s teeth, you don’t need to use toothpaste. Just dip the brush in water before brushing. If your child doesn’t like it, you can go back to using a damp cloth. When your child is really teething, you may want to buy a toothbrush with a teether to get him or her used to the toothbrush.
Once your child has a few teeth, it is time to start using toothpaste. You should start with a toothpaste that does not contain fluoride, unless advised otherwise by your dentist. Too much fluoride can be dangerous for young children. You should start with only a minimal amount of toothpaste and teach your child to spit the toothpaste out so that they get into the habit before they start using fluoride toothpaste.
To avoid cavities, you should avoid giving your child sweetened liquids like soda. Even though some drinks do not have as much sugar as soda, even fruit juice, milk, and formula contain some sugar, which can cause decay. It is also important that you don’t put your children to bed with a bottle. The prolonged contact of the sugar on the teeth is just asking for cavities. This problem is so common it has a name: baby-bottle caries.
Your child’s first dentist appointment should be scheduled within six months of the first tooth’s arrival. Since even the youngest children can get decay, it is really important to visit the dentist regularly. During these early visits, we look for any problems and help you get into the habit of practicing good dental care. It is important that you stay positive so that your child enjoys coming to visit us.
We focus on making your littles ones feel like a big deal!
We work closely with your family philosophy to give your child the unique and specialized care that they deserve.
Our goals are to work together with you to:
PLAN: Create an individualized plan together with you to address your child’s specific treatment needs
TREAT: Work with you to complete treatment in a way that works with your family philosophy
PREVENT: Help you and your child maintain healthy, cavity free dental visits in the future
We have a team approach to treating all of our young patients. Our referring dentists, hygienists, parents and patients are all part of The Smile Team!
We encourage parents to participate in promoting a positive attitude towards dentistry and healthy dental habits for the whole family!