604-543-2600 139-12101 72nd Ave, Surrey BC

Surrey Family Dentist

21st Century Dental Centre is Surrey’s family dental practice – we’re dedicated to providing fun, comfortable visits for children

When you’re an adult, going to the dentist is no big deal. It’s something you’ve done your whole life, and you’re familiar with the tools and procedures.

But for little children, going to the dentist is a brand-new experience. There are mysterious tools, new faces, and all sorts of strange new happenings. That’s why, at 21st Century Dental, we are committed to keeping things fun and comfortable for your kids.

Since most of them are still mastering the art of brushing and flossing, we encourage even our littlest patients to learn about the importance of good dental health. When kids have this knowledge, we find they are more likely to be active participants in their daily oral care.

The dental education we provide at 21st Century Dental Centre will hopefully help make your job as a parent easier – and avoid bedtime battles over brushing and flossing. Your children will understand what they need to do in order to keep their teeth and gums healthy, and will learn that brushing and flossing are important responsibilities.

Here are some ways you can help your child develop a healthy relationship with dental care:

  • Discussion: Talk to your child about brushing and flossing, and why it helps to keep their teeth strong and healthy. Explain how there is sugar in the foods they eat and drink, and that sugar can stick to your teeth if it isn’t brushed away.
  • Demonstration: Show your child proper technique by brushing and flossing in front of them, and help them until they learn to do it all by themselves. We often recommend letting your child brush their own teeth first, and then doing a “touch-up” job yourself afterwards to ensure they are brushed well.
  • Attitude: Even if coming to the dentist isn’t your favourite activity, keep all conversations about the dentist light and positive around your child. They need to see that going to the dentist is no big deal. Never use phrases like, “It’s not scary,” or “There’s nothing to be afraid of,” because that puts the idea in their head that it might be scary or frightening.
  • Education:Our Kids Zone section educates kids about the basics of dental hygiene, in a fun and interactive way. The Kids Zone includes videos, games and colouring pages that are exciting and interactive.

Contact 21st Century Dental Centre today to discuss more ways to get your child involved in their oral hygiene, or to schedule an appointment for them.

FAQs — Click question to reveal answer

Q: I often hear my son grinding his teeth while he sleeps. Does he need a bite appliance?
A: Bite appliances are not usually suggested for children with baby or mixed dentitions, as they can restrict the growth of their jaw and the normal losing of their teeth.
Q: Should my daughter come in to 21st Century Dental Centre for her first dental visit before her first birthday?
A: We usually recommend a child comes in to 21st Century Dental Centre for their first visit when they are old enough to sit in the chair and open their mouth without too much fuss — and that’s usually around their second birthday. If you’re not sure if your child should come in for a visit, just call or email our Surrey team.
Q: I’m scared whenever I go to the dentist, and I always have been. How do I prevent my children from being afraid, too?
A: It’s very important that you try not to pass your fear of the dentist along to your children. Maintain light, relaxed conversations about dental visits. Keep all comments breezy and positive, and show your children that going to the dentist is a fun experience.
Q: My nine-month-old baby has five teeth. Do I need to brush them?
A: You should begin brushing your child’s teeth as soon as they have them. Contrary to popular belief, even babies can get cavities — it’s often referred to as “baby bottle rot.” Sugars from milk and juice settle on their teeth and can begin to cause decay. Since babies tend to suck on bottles slowly, we recommend that parents encourage their baby or toddler to finish a drink within 20 minutes. Then the parents should wipe their baby’s teeth and gums to clean them, using a soft infant toothbrush or a wet washcloth. Do not put your baby to bed with a bottle of milk or juice.