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When should you take your child to the dentist for the first time?

January 25, 2018

Getting your child comfortable with the dentist’s office and oral hygiene is equally as important as getting the checkup itself.

We recommend bringing your child in for their first visit within 6 months of their first tooth coming in, as tooth decay and plaque can start to show. Your child’s baby teeth will fall out but they still need care. Even though you can’t see them, your child’s adult teeth are growing underneath.


Mother’s milk, formula, cow’s milk and fruit juices all contain sugars.

Babies may get early childhood tooth decay from going to bed with a bottle of milk, formula or juice.

If your baby absolutely requires a bottle for bed, use water instead.

The first visit is meant to accomplish 3 things.

  • First, it’s meant to familiarize your child with the dentist’s office, allowing him or her to explore and become more comfortable. The dentist will only take a look at a child’s teeth once he or she is at ease.
  • Once trust is established, the tools used in dentistry will be introduced in an attempt to remove the fear associated with these items.
  • Lastly this visit allows the dentist to do a quick exam, looking for evidence of tooth decay. The dentist will check the child’s gums, jaw, and bite looking for any problems that may affect the teeth, or speech.

People who start proper oral hygiene habits early tend to:

  • End up with fewer cavities and gum infections
  • Increase their overall oral health
  • Gain a positive dental outlook (are less afraid or nervous of dental processes)
  • Have increased self-confidence

Check out 10 Ways To Make Brushing Fun For Your Child for some helpful ideas!

At Desired Smiles we are known for our unique Dental Program for children. It’s designed to educate children about oral hygiene and dental processes in an encouraging and relaxed way.

We offer three types of appointments for kids. Each child’s program is customized specific to their needs, age, developmental abilities and level of anxiety. We work with kids in a fun and captivating way. Contact us to learn more or book your appointment!

Tips for the parent:

Dentists are trained in describing dental procedures and processes to children in a non-threatening way.

  • Before the appointment, try not to share personal experiences unless they were positive.
  • Explain to them where they are going and talk about it in an excited manner rather than a nervous one
  • Remind them that dentists are there to keep your mouth, teeth and gums healthy.

Check out How To Get Your Child Ready For Their First Dentist Appointment for more tips!


It is important to start the oral hygiene process young, as the younger a child is when they’re exposed to new routines, the more likely they are to continue them into adulthood.

Health Benefits of Smiling

December 1, 2016


The clocks have gone back, daylight is shortening, and the festive season looms closer bringing with it many more reasons to smile. However, the decrease in daylight can be a problem for many. Thankfully, we all come equipped with the tools to help. Heading into the winter months is the perfect time to remind ourselves of the health benefits of smiling.

  • Did you know the simple act of smiling boosts endorphin release in the brain and nervous system? Endorphins are our friends, lowering stress and anxiety.
  • Another benefit of endorphins is they act as painkillers.
  • Smiling improves mood, even when not in social settings.
  • When in social settings, happy faces are preferred to neutral faces. It seems obvious, but how often are we out in the world, or in front of a screen in neutral or scowling without realizing? We don’t drive in neutral or reverse (at least not too long), why neutralize our face.
  • There is power in the giving of a smile. Mother Teresa said, “Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing”.
  • Smiling children are a boon. Studies in Sweden showed other people’s smiles suppress control over our facial muscles forcing us to smile, and children smile 400 times a day compared to the 20 smiles of the average adult!


Take your smile one step further to belly-busting laughter. Hard laughter leads to increased heart rate, respiratory rate, and oxygen consumption. If this reminds you of exercise, you would be correct. However, this is only present in periods of intense laughter and should not replace aerobic exercise, or to justify that extra bag of chips, no matter how tempting.

Research in the activity of smiling continues to uncover various benefits, including links to boosting your immune system. Now armed with knowledge of the health benefits of smiling, look after your most important asset, your teeth.

For bright, and beautiful smiles, the smile you desire, schedule your free smile analysis at Dr. Walter Heidary Family Dental today.


Do You Have Sensitive Teeth?

July 11, 2014

Do you ever experience pain or discomfort in your teeth in cold weather, eating certain foods, drinking hot or cold beverages, or even touching your teeth? You probably have sensitive teeth. There are several possible causes, and there are also options for you to relieve the pain.

What causes teeth sensitivity?

Beneath the enamel protecting your teeth, there is a layer called dentin. Fluids move in this layer through tiny tubes. When those tubes become exposed, your teeth become at risk for sensitivity.

Well what causes the dentin to become exposed?

The erosion of enamel or receding gums can expose dentin, ultimately causing tooth sensitivity. Consuming foods and beverages that are acidic can lead to tooth sensitivity. Citrus fruits or soft drinks should be avoided, for example. Even acid reflux can cause tooth sensitivity.

Teeth grinding can also be a reason your dentin has become exposed. The buildup of plaque will not help with your tooth sensitivity.

What can I do?

There are ways you can prevent tooth sensitivity. The first step is prevent it all together! Limit foods that can cause your enamel to erode, go see your dentist if you grind your teeth, change up the parts of your routine that may be contributing to the wear of your teeth.

If your teeth are already sensitive, you may want to change your toothpaste. Some toothpastes, such as whitening or tartar control toothpastes, contain abrasive ingredients that can cause your sensitive teeth more pain. Using a desensitizing toothpaste instead can help prevent further wearing down your enamel.

While you’re changing your toothpaste, you should also change your toothbrush. If you’re using a hard-bristled toothbrush, that could be contributing to the wearing down of enamel. For the same reason, you also shouldn’t brush too hard.

What can the dentist do?

Your dentist can do a number of things to help out with your sensitive teeth. The first step is to go to the dentist for a full diagnosis. Your sensitivity may actually be something different than you suspected – it may be a cavity or an abscess and require dental treatments.

The dentist may prescribe a toothpaste to help with the sensitivity if no over-the-counter brands work for you.

For more drastic conditions your dentist may apply a sealant to protect exposed dentin.

In any case, if your sensitive teeth are bothering you, give a Desired Smiles a call to book a consultation.

What Toothpaste Do 4 Out of 5 Dentists Actually Recommend?

June 11, 2014

Have you ever seen those toothpaste commercials that claim 4 out of 5 dentists recommend a specific brand of toothpaste? Do you ever find yourself wondering how accurate those commercials are or why those dentists are actually recommending specific toothpastes? We can answer your questions!

So, what toothpaste should I use?

The truth is for the average person, the toothpaste you use doesn’t matter. Frequency, technique, and duration of brushing are actually more important than the toothpaste brand you choose.

If that’s true, why are there so many different types of toothpastes?

Different toothpastes have different formulas to tackle different needs.

Sensitive Teeth: Toothpastes that advertise that they help prevent sensitivity all contain potassium nitrate, an agent that helps reduce sensitivity. There isn’t much difference between different toothpaste brands for sensitivity, as long as they contain this ingredient. While sensitive toothpaste formulas help those with sensitive teeth, they don’t provide much added benefit for those who don’t.

Fluoride: Dentists recommend the toothpaste you choose contains fluoride as it kills the bacteria that causes tooth decay, it decreases the dissolving effects of acid on enamel, and it helps prevent cavities. Most toothpastes contain fluoride.

Whitening Toothpaste: These toothpastes have a more abrasive texture to help assist in the removal of stains from wine or coffee, but they are unable to whiten the underlying layers of your teeth. The more abrasive texture does not improve the toothpaste’s ability to remove bacteria over other types of toothpaste.

Now I’m overwhelmed by the options!

If your current toothpaste is working for you, stick with it! Remember to brush daily, for about two minutes, with a brush that has soft bristles in order to promote a healthy smile.

Let us know what your favourite toothpaste is and why in the comment section below!