Kids Program

For over 20 years, we have strived to provide our patients with a long life of healthy, beautiful smiles.

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Your Healthy, Beautiful Smile is Our Priority

It is very important that children learn the value of caring for their teeth and gums properly at a young age. As adults and parents, we instill in our children the education necessary for maintaining good habits for life. At Pathways Dental Care, we believe your children can be educated about dentistry while still very young. We also believe that keeping this knowledge beyond two cleanings a year is vital to developing proper oral hygiene as a daily routine.

Children’s Self Care Program

Our Children’s Self Care Program is a way for your children to understand the importance of going to the dentist. We work closely with you and your children to develop a relationship. This is done so your children are comfortable with what is going on while they are in the dentist’s chair.

We help your children understand the connection their mouths have with their overall health, and we spend time helping them learn about routine hygiene practices. This prepares your children for their dental visit, as well as generally helps them become comfortable with future trips to Pathways Dental Care.

Children’s Dental Appointments

Self Care – This one hour session is for children between the ages of two and seven to become comfortable with the idea of dental health here in the office and at home. By using puppet models, cameras and disclosing tablets, children are able to see some of the different aspects that go into dental care. This also encourages children to participate in home care and make healthy choices.

Preparation – Children are encouraged to play dentist by using the puppets, allowing them to become comfortable when it is their turn. Our Self Care Team lets your children become familiar with all the dental tools used during their filling appointment. Children are encouraged to ask questions during this appointment. This session addresses children’s psychological needs by developing coping strategies and a plan of action for their dental care.

Treatments – Your children’s’ dental needs are customized based on their age, coping strategies, and psychological needs. We encourage parents to participate during these half hour sessions.

Sedation – For those children with an extensive amount  of treatment required or severe dental anxiety we offer sedation options.

General dentistry, which children’s dentistry is part of, is preventative in nature. At Pathways Dental Care, we believe treating children as young as 18 months old instills a level of comfort and awareness of oral health that will last a lifetime. While we treat very young children, we continue to see them through the years, and can address any orthodontic procedures that may be needed later on.


Our New Children’s Room!

We are thrilled to announce to all our Pathways Families with young children that we have just finished creating a new look for our Children`s room! This will make our children’s program that much more exciting and intriguing for their next visit.

Now you can bring them in and let them explore our new Underwater World we have created.

At Pathways, our philosophy is “Teach Them…Involve Them… Care For Them…”
We feel that a visit to the Dentist should be a wonderful experience for all children, one where they cannot wait to come back to see us so we can help them keep that lovely smile.

Call or email us now and let us take care of your child, (905) 304-4505

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Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Why is it important that I visit my dentist every 6 months?
    We recommend that patients visit our office at least twice each year to ensure their optimal oral health and to help avoid serious and costly future problems. In addition to cleaning and polishing all the visible and hidden surfaces of your teeth, we also check for many potential problems. Tooth decay, oral cancer and periodontal (gum) disease are just a few examples of problems that can have serious consequences if left undetected. In certain cases, we may even recommend 3 or 4 visits per year in order to properly treat conditions that require more regular attention. Maintaining a regular appointment schedule with your dentist isn’t just good for your teeth, it’s an important part of your overall health.
  • Why do my gums bleed when I brush my teeth?
    Bleeding during brushing and flossing is often the first sign of periodontal (gum) disease. This means that your gums have become inflamed or infected as a result of plaque and tartar buildup along and below the gum lines. This condition can become very serious if left untreated and can eventually lead to receding gums and tooth loss. The best treatment for this condition is a visit to your dentist for a thorough check-up and cleaning, followed by a complete regimen of brushing and flossing. With prompt and thorough treatment, the condition if caught early can normally be corrected. Please feel free to call our office if you have noticed bleeding during tooth brushing, or if you would like direction on proper home care techniques.
  • How can I help myself to prevent bad breath?
    According to recent studies, almost half the population of adults in North America suffers at least occasionally from bad breath (halitosis). The most common cause of bad breath is bacteria in the mouth and on the back of the tongue. These bacteria produce a volatile sulfur compound, which in turn produces a smell similar to “rotten eggs”. (Other non-dental causes of halitosis include certain foods, smoking, alcohol, hormonal changes or simply being hungry.) If the halitosis is of oral origin, the treatment usually begins with ensuring meticulous hygiene of the mouth. Your dentist or dental hygienist will check for gum disease and, if necessary, prepare a detailed treatment plan. Tongue scraping should also become an important part of daily home care and part of your regular tooth brushing routine. (it’s easy and painless).
  • How is a mouth guard from my dentist different from one I buy at a sporting goods store?
    High-speed collisions that occur during the play of sports like hockey, football, soccer and basketball can cause serious tooth damage. A professionally fitted mouth-guard is the best defense for any athlete against this. The mouth guards provided in our office are custom-made to perfectly fit the wearer’s teeth which can result in a more comfortable and secure fit. In addition, we use a heavier mouth guard material selected based upon each patient’s individual needs. The boil and bite mouth-guards that you purchase in retail stores simply can not provide the same level of protection. So what is “Cosmetic Dentistry”, and what types of treatments does it involve?
  • Can I replace an old crown that looks unnatural?
    Many of our patients have asked us about replacing very old crowns that have deteriorated or crowns that do not blend well with their natural teeth. One of our skilled dentists will ensure that the colour and shade is matched and the crown is shaped precisely for a very natural, indistinguishable appearance
  • So what is “Cosmetic Dentistry”, and what types of treatments does it involve?
    Have you ever wondered what you would look like if you had a more attractive looking smile? Providing people with a means of achieving their best smile is what Cosmetic Dentistry is all about. More and more people today are booking appointments with our dental office, not because they are having dental problems, but because they want to smile more confidently. In many cases, these smiles begin with teeth that are crooked, stained, chipped or missing all together. From simple teeth whitening to full smile reconstruction, the end result in most cases is a healthy, attractive looking smile that provides a greater sense of self-confidence and enjoyment of life. If you feel self-conscious about the appearance of your teeth, ask us about what specific treatments in cosmetic dentistry would benefit you.

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