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How to Maintain Your Child’s Oral Health While Sick

With cold and flu season here, there is a high chance of your child getting sick. When they fall ill, a parent’s natural inclination is to ensure they get the right nutrients and rest to get better faster. However, parents should stay mindful of their child’s journey to recovery by also keeping up with their oral hygiene. Any pediatric dentist in Calgary can tell you how your physical and oral health is interconnected – that’s why it’s important not to neglect either one. See what you can do to ensure your child gets better and keep a healthy smile here. 

What to Keep in Mind From Your Calgary Pediatric Dentist 

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Maintain Oral Hygiene 

This first point is quite straightforward – but it’s worth reiterating. In the context of a sick child, keeping up with brushing and flossing helps prevent harmful bacteria in your child’s mouth. Just as this is good to do so twice daily, it’s also great at assisting your child’s immune system focused on fighting whatever sickness they have. For children exhibiting vomiting symptoms, it can weaken your child’s teeth since it’s being exposed to acids. In this case, ensure they’re rinsing, brushing, and flossing to avoid potential enamel damage. 

Beware Sugary Medicines 

Despite their effectiveness, some cold and flu medicines aren’t easy to swallow. It can make a young child quite fussy, making administering medication difficult. Naturally, parents look for medicine that’s more palatable. For instance, finding a strawberry-flavoured cough syrup to help soothe a sore throat that a child can take without issue. At first, it might seem like the best solution. However, some syrups and cough drops can contain high sugar. With that said, it means after giving your child these syrups or cough drops, it leaves behind a sugary residue on their teeth. Instead, try to find medicines that are advertised as sugar-free. If not, ensure your child rinses their teeth after every time they’ve taken their medicine. 

Staying Hydrated 

Just like everyone should maintain oral hygiene, everyone should also ensure they drink enough water daily. With 60% of our body being water, keeping yourself hydrated is imperative to ensure overall wellness. Plus, as a cardinal rule for when anyone gets sick, you’re told to keep drinking fluids – namely, water. So, it should be no surprise that it ensures oral health while helping your child recover. Water eases the pain of a sore throat by soothing it while keeping the sinuses moist. A congested child risks getting dry mouth because they start breathing from their mouth. As a result, it invites bacteria to spread and lead to possible tooth decay. But drinking water helps to combat it. 

Clean Dental Appliances 

Your child is fighting a virus when they’re sick. In turn, it means they’re highly contagious and can spread easily. Naturally, anything they touch and put in their mouth would have that bacteria. You can prevent reinfection by disinfecting/cleaning or replacing certain dental appliances they use. These include things such as: 

  • Toothbrush
  • Nightguard
  • Retainer
  • Athletic mouth guard

Visiting a dentist shouldn’t be a scary experience for children, and Happy Trails Children’s Dentistry is here to make sure that children feel safe and excited about their regular checkups. Happy Trails is a professional pediatric dentistry proudly serving south Calgary, and we have a goal of creating an inviting and comfortable space for children to receive the best care available. With our fantastic dentist, Dr. Sam, our young patients in Calgary will always have a positive dental experience! 

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Why Your Child Should Drink Water For Their Oral Health

Drinking water is essential for your child’s overall health. Did you know that it is an important part of their oral health too? If your kids don’t drink enough water, their teeth and gums can pay the price! At Happy Trails Children’s Dentistry, we’re here to help! We’re sharing a few reasons why drinking water supports your child’s oral health.

Keeps Teeth Strong

Fluoride is in more than just your toothpaste. It can also be found in tap water too. Fluoride is also known as a ‘natural cavity fighter’. It helps to keep your tooth enamel strong! 

Flushes Away Food

When your kids drink water throughout the day, it helps to wash away food particles that may be stuck in their mouths. A buildup of food particles can help foster bacteria, resulting in bad breath or cavities! Drinking water in between brushing is a great way to help keep your child’s mouth clean throughout the day. 

Creates Saliva

The right amount of saliva helps protect and keep your child’s mouth clean. It is your body’s first tool to combat tooth decay. Saliva washes away food particles and helps children swallow. If your child’s mouth is dry, it means their saliva levels are low too. Encouraging them to drink water will help boost their saliva production!  

How To Keep Them Hydrated 

A hydrated, healthy and happy mouth is the goal. Here are a few tips to try with your kids: 

  • Give them a fun water bottle with their favourite character on it
  • Have a prize for who finishes their water bottle (with refills) for the day
  • Drink water before they brush their teeth at night, or after a meal
  • Send them to school with a bottle of water instead of a juice drink 

Book An Appointment with A Calgary Pediatric Dentist

At Happy Trails Children’s Dentistry, we believe that early preventative care is essential to your child’s healthy smile. Dr. Sam and our team work with 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 good oral health and beautiful smiles!

Give our children’s dental clinic in Calgary a call today to learn more about how we can help your child’s smile!

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Take Control Of Your Child’s Oral Health In 2021!

Take Control Of Your Child’s Oral Health In 2021!

It’s a new year, and we’re challenging Calgary parents to make 2021 cavity-free for their families! Generally, no one likes dealing with cavities. The problem is detrimental to general health and is also painful to restore.

Failure to teach your kids about the importance of daily dental hygiene, could result in distressing dental procedures in the future. Parents need to have an understanding of the best approaches to protect their children from dental cavities. At Happy Trails Children’s Dentistry, we leave nothing to chance when it comes to the oral health of your children!

Adhere To The Recommended Oral Hygiene Routine

It takes around six months for the teeth to break through the gum of an infant. However, it is advisable to begin good oral care even before you can see the first tooth. We recommend using a clean and soft washcloth to wipe the gums after feeding.

By the age of three, your child should be brushing their teeth twice a day for at least two minutes each time. As a parent, you should ensure that your child is using a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. When their teeth start to touch, make sure to help them with flossing. On top of this, ensure to book your child’s biannual pediatric dentist appointments.

Consider Dentist-Approved Snacks

Cavities are a result of bacteria (plaque) build-up in the mouth. Children are more vulnerable since they can have a harder time brushing their teeth properly. Kids who consume too much sugar in foods or drinks have a high chance of developing cavities.

As a parent, you have the responsibility to limit the sugary foods your child consumes. Consider dentist-recommended snacks such as nuts, plain yogurt, fibrous fruits, and cottage cheese. If they do indulge in a sweet treat, just make sure they brush their teeth soon afterwards.

Make Sure There Are No Cavities In 2021!

Our team at Happy Trails Children’s Dentistry is committed to helping Calgary kids maintain happy smiles in 2021. Contact us today to book your child’s dental appointment and help them maintain good oral health in 2021! Make sure to also follow our Facebook and Instagram pages for more oral health tips and tricks! Wishing you all a very happy and healthy new year!


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How To Take Care of Your Child’s Oral Health During Cold And Flu Season

Cold and flu season is upon us, and as we are nearing its peak months, it’s more important than ever to take care of your little one’s oral health. With all the coughing and sneezing, dental hygiene may be the last thing parents have energy for. However, this is not the time to let up on your child’s oral hygiene routine.

Here are four simple ways to maintain your child’s good oral health this cold and flu season.

1. Continue Their Oral Hygiene Routine As Normal

Even when your child comes down with the flu or cold, ensure that they still brush and floss as per their normal routine. This will help to prevent cavities and other dental problems. They’ll also feel better and rejuvenated by getting rid of oral bacteria.

2. Ensure They Stay Hydrated

Encourage your child to drink plenty of fluids as it will help prevent dry mouth. You’ll want to avoid dry mouth at all costs, as it can increase the risk of tooth decay and cause oral discomfort. Drinking water will help with saliva production and make sure your child’s mouth is staying moist.

3. Watch Their Sugar Intake

Comforting your little one with sweets and desserts will only hurt their oral health. Let them drink water instead of sugary beverages and provide them with sugar-free cough drops. Tablet-form cough medicine is encouraged over sugar-packed cough syrups.

4. Swish and Spit Instead of Brushing

When your child vomits, it might be your first instinct to have them brush their teeth, but we advise against it. This is because when vomiting, stomach acids come in contact with the teeth and cover them. Brushing immediately will rub these acids over the teeth and gum tissues. Instead, have them swish and spit with water or a diluted mouth rinse and then wait for about 20-30 minutes before brushing their teeth.

Check In With Your Calgary Children’s Dentist

While the above tips will help you care for your child’s oral health, they do not replace an appointment with Dr. Sam and our pediatric dental professionals. Schedule your child’s dental appointment with us today and ensure they maintain good oral health all year round.

At Happy Trails Children Dentistry, we care about our patient’s health and safety and their families. We have strict COVID-19 precautions, safety, and control measures at our office such as social distancing and traffic control, frequent disinfection of high-traffic areas and surfaces, a sanitizing booth, and require all parents and patients (above 2 years) to wear a mask within our facility. With these measures in place, you can feel comfortable and confident bringing your child in to check up on their oral health.

Contact us today to experience a safe and satisfying visit with our children’s dentist in Calgary. Make sure to also follow our Facebook and Instagram pages for more tips and tricks on oral health!

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School Lunch Ideas for Oral Health

For parents, back-to-school means back to routine and back to packing lunches! Packing a school lunch can carry more responsibility than it seems. Parents should make sure they’re providing their children with healthy options that will give them the energy and nutrients they need to succeed in school.

Just like the rest of our body, our teeth and gums need certain vitamins and minerals to stay healthy. Our team has put together a list of lunch ideas that are healthy and can help benefit your child’s oral health!

Cheese + Lunch Meat Sandwich 

There are many benefits to this lunchtime favourite. Cheese contains a protein called ‘casein’ that’s known for strengthening tooth enamel! It also promotes saliva production. This is beneficial to your child as they normally won’t brush their teeth until they get home, and the extra saliva can help wash away bacteria in their mouth. Try adding a slide of cheese to your child’s sandwich or keep it on the side so they can enjoy it as a healthy snack.

Yogurt and Blueberries 

Calcium-rich foods such as yogurt, leafy greens and almonds promote strong bones and teeth! While greek yogurt is a great way to get extra protein in your child’s diet, we suggest giving them regular yogurt as it contains even more calcium.

In recent years, scientists have discovered that “berries can reduce the risk of tooth decay by lowering the activity of bacteria in the mouth.” Yogurt and blueberries just might be the perfect school snack for good oral health!

Apple Slices And Peanut Butter 

Similarly to cheese, eating an apple will produce saliva in your child’s mouth and help to rinse away bacteria and food particles. On top of this, peanut butter contains a mineral called phosphorus that can help prevent gum disease! If you decide to pack your child this snack, try brushing the apple slices with lemon juice to keep them from turning brown!

Visit Happy Trails This Back-To-School Season!

We’re almost ready to open our doors and start booking routine back-to-school children’s dentist appointments! Make sure to follow our Facebook and Instagram pages for all our latest announcements. We can’t wait to meet the little ones of Calgary very soon!