At the dental office of Dr. Caroline Krivuzoff-Sanderson, we are able to provide a wide range of dental services for children. Dr. Caroline's first "little patients" are now having children of their own, and she is proud to see another generation of children grow.
First Dental Visits by Age One!
The Canadian Dental Association and the Alberta Dental Association and College both recommend that a child's first dental visit occur after the eruption of the first teeth, by the age of one. During these first dental visits, Dr. Caroline will examine your child's mouth, evaluating the condition of the teeth and tissues as well as the sequence of eruption. She will discuss oral hygiene, the role of nutrition and any oral habits your child may be developing, such as thumb sucking. You also will receive a folder containing more information and resources to help you provide the necessary dental care your child requires.
Should your child's first visit occur when they are older, 3 - 5 years of age, we will perform a no-charge "happy visit" to acquaint your child with our office. One highlight of our time together is the chance to learn about the equipment we use in the dental office. Your child will be able to ride in the dental chair and to see and feel the electric toothbrush "Mr. Tickler", the air/water syringe "Mrs. Spits", the vacuum "Mr. Thirsty", and the light "Mr. Sunshine". We will talk about "sugar bugs"; where they hide, the damage they do, and how to brush and floss them off our teeth. With an early, positive experience and your support, your child will develop good habits and see the dentist as someone who is genuinely concerned about them, and a friend.
When your child is comfortable enough to sit back in the chair, Dr. Caroline will perform a thorough examination which may include x-rays to look for decay between the teeth, as well as eruption patterns. We recommend that your child have an examination and cleaning every 6 months. Early detection of disease allows us to perform minimally-invasive dental procedures, and regular visits allow us to observe growth and detect any abnormalities. During dental procedures Dr. Caroline and her team take care to create a climate of trust with your child. We explain things as we work, so your child is well informed.
Parent Support and Involvement
With the goal of preventing dental disease, we work with parents to provide them with the knowledge and tools to help them see their children grow up cavity free. Setting a good example is one of the greatest gifts that parents can give their children, and with their persistence and encouragement, we hope to decrease the need for extensive dental intervention and unnecessary suffering.
With her years of experience, gentle touch, and calm demeanor, Dr. Caroline has developed her own approach and stories to relate to her young patients. We would like our patients to come away from their experience with a smile or a "high-five", developing their own opinions as to what dentistry is all about. Parents can help us in this regard by not relating their own dental experiences or explaining the details of procedures, including dental freezing to their child. Using these approaches, positive and happy experiences for children are a normal occurrence.
If you do not already have a regular dental care provider, we would be more than happy to be your dental home and to see your children. We take pride in offering a relaxed, fun, and educational atmosphere in our family practice. If you have any questions, or wish to have more information, please feel free to call us at your convenience at 403-346-0077, and one of our administration staff would be glad to assist you.