Preventative Dentistry

At Happy Trails Children’s Dentistry, we believe that early preventative care is essential to your child’s healthy smile. We work with our families to introduce good habits as soon as possible for a cavity-free future! We also provide you with the tools and resources to establish a lifetime of oral health and beautiful smiles!

Dental Cleanings and Exams

Along with the Canadian Dental Association, we recommend dental cleanings and exams at least twice a year. During your child’s dental exam with Dr. Sam, our board-certified pediatric dentist, we will introduce your little one to the typical dental visit. We will also get to know your child and your family to help make recommendations based on your child’s individual needs. It’s important to know that cavities are preventable! We want to work on preventing cavities for your child as early as possible. To do this, we encourage dental visits around your child’s first birthday (or first tooth). After the initial visit, we recommend coming in at least twice a year. This will help to identify any potential concerns, and we can provide the specialized care your little one deserves! Learn more about what to expect at your first visit here.

Brushing, Flossing and Fluoride

The keys to preventing dental decay include brushing, flossing and fluoride. Consider them your child’s oral health BFF! Establishing a consistent and structured at-home routine with these keys can help your child achieve their healthiest smile. We know this is not the easiest task. Especially in situations where your little one is tired, wants to do it themselves, or cries! Feel free to talk to Dr. Sam and our team, as we have tricks and tips to help! We’re also here to help with questions including, when to brush your child’s teeth? What type of toothpaste should my child use? How much toothpaste should my child use? and more! Check out our FAQs page for some helpful answers!

Dental Sealants

Dental sealants are a preventative (white) coating that is placed on top of a child’s molars to prevent the formation of dental decay. The coating is easily applied to a tooth’s clean surface, with no drills required! They are very effective in preventing tooth decay. Since dental sealants are only applied to the top (chewing) surface of your child’s tooth (or teeth), they do not prevent cavities or decay from forming in-between teeth. Therefore, flossing still is an important daily requirement to prevent cavities from forming on the sides of the teeth.