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Finding the Right Dentist for Kids

Everyone should see a dentist in North York regularly. That includes the children. While it may not seem like a pressing issue right now, choosing to find the right dentist to provide care for the kids will make a difference today and in the years to come. Here are some of the benefits that result from finding the ideal professional to help your kids with their teeth.

Making Dental Care Fun

It's hard to imagine anyone being all that excited about things like brushing, flossing, and using some sort of mouth rinse. Adults typically see basic dental hygiene as a necessity but not something the look forward to doing. Why would children be any different?

When you ask others “do you know of a good kids dentist near me” and find the right professional, don’t be surprised if he or she has some ideas that make taking care of the teeth at least a little fun. It may be colorful brushes shaped like characters from a cartoon, flavored toothpastes, or several other ideas. Those measures will go a long way toward encouraging the kids to remember to brush after meals and learn to use floss properly.

Someone The Kids Trust

Adults are not the only ones who can find all sorts of reason to not see a dentist. With kids, there’s the general anxiety about going, but there’s often another factor there. A dentist the kids do not know and get along with intimidates them. When they like and trust the dental professional, getting them to go is less of a chore.

When you ask friends “can you recommend a kids’ dentist near me," always ask how well the professional seems to get along with the patients. If you hear glowing reports about how children seem to really like the dentist, that one is worth trying.

Learning How to Encourage the Kids to Brush After Meals

A dentist in North York knows more than one strategy to encourage kids to brush after meals. Flavored toothpastes and fun toothbrushes are only the beginning. A dentist who can talk with the kids using words they understand can drive home the point of why brushing matters. Showing them how to brush properly helps too. Many dentists who focus on treating children exercise patience and treat the kids with respect. Children pick up on that and are likely to take whatever the dentist recommends seriously.

Helping the Kids Develop Good Habits for a Lifetime

The right dentist in North York wants more than to get the kids to come in regularly and take care of their teeth in the interim. That professional wants them to develop habits that help them keep their teeth healthy well into the retirement years. Praise when they do well and encouragement when they haven’t been doing the best job help to reinforce the importance of proper dental hygiene. With the aid of a patient dental professional, those habits will become ingrained and last a lifetime.

Are you already asking others “do you know a kids dentist near me?” and hoping to find the right one for your children? Call today and make an appointment. It won’t take long to see how the staff and the dentist ensure the kids are comfortable, treated with care, and will decide that coming back now and then will be okay.

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Dear Smile Centre Family,

The Ontario Government has announced new restrictions in various regions of the province beginning Monday, November 23, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. These restrictions include moving the regions of Toronto and Peel into Lockdown (maximum measures) status. You can find the status of all regions in Ontario here.

With the announcement that Toronto and Peel regions are heading into lockdown as of tomorrow, we wanted to let you know that all of our Smile Centre locations are still OPEN.

As medical/health providers, we have been classified as providing essential services and will continue to provide both preventive and restorative, as well as emergency treatment. Please know that we are doing everything we can to ensure that we go above and beyond all of the recommended safety protocols to keep you, your loved ones, and our team healthy and safe. That is, and always will be our highest priority.

If you have not visited one of our clinics lately, here is a reminder of what you can expect at your next visit:

PRE-SCREENING:

A COVID-19 Health Screening Questionnaire will be sent to you prior to your appointment. Please ensure that you respond prior to your office visit. You will be screened again upon arrival and a team member will ask you some questions and take your temperature before you enter the treatment area. You will also notice signage throughout the clinics regarding safety measures in place in the facility, such as the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), physical distancing, and hand-sanitizing.

ARRIVAL AT CLINIC:

We ask that all patients please arrive no more than 5 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. If you arrive early, you may be asked to wait in your vehicle to reduce the number of people in the waiting area and to aid in social distancing. Please text or call us to let us know that you have arrived and we will let you know when it is ok to enter the office. You will be required to wear a mask at all times in the dental office, except for during treatment, in the treatment room. If you do not have a mask, we will provide one for you.

WAITING AREA:

We have removed most of the seating from our waiting rooms. Whenever possible, we are having patients wait outside of the clinic until their appointment time. However, if you do need to use one of our chairs, please do so. We will ensure the surfaces of the chairs are sanitized after every use. Our receptionists have plexiglass shields in front of them at all times - we ask that you please respect social distancing, even at the front desk, and refrain from touching surfaces there whenever possible and stay behind the shields while speaking with the staff. Our debit/credit machines do accept tap, and are disinfected after every use. We can also offer contactless credit card payment using your smart phone.

DURING YOUR TREATMENT:

All of our clinical team members will be wearing full PPE, such as a mask, glasses and gloves, as well as a face shield with cap and isolation gown when needed. Our team members will let you know when it is safe for you to remove your mask and also when to put it back on at the end of the appointment. At the start of each appointment, every patient will also be given a pre-treatment peroxide based mouth rinse to reduce possible virus in the saliva during intra-oral treatment.

VIRTUAL VISITS:

In addition to in-office visits, virtual appointments are available for consultations and discussions regarding treatment, and may also be recommended in order to reduce your number of visits to our clinics. We have many different times available and all you need is a smart phone, tablet or a computer with a camera in order to have a virtual face to face meeting (no mask required).

CLEANING AND DISINFECTION:

Appointments will be spread out and schedules staggered in order to allow time for proper cleaning and disinfection. As always, all surfaces in treatment areas will be appropriately disinfected after patient visits in accordance with Public Health guidelines and high traffic contact surfaces throughout the offices will be disinfected at regular intervals throughout the day.

Continuing to follow these guidelines will help to ensure a safe and comfortable environment for everyone. Underneath these layers of extra protection, rest assured that we are still the same, caring, attentive providers we have always been!

Thank You for your trust in these uncertain times,

Your Smile Centre