By the age of 1 or within 6 months of the eruption of their first tooth – whichever is earlier, your child should visit the dentist.
By age 3, you should be able to count all 20 primary teeth in your child’s mouth.
Age 3 is also when your child can be introduced to fluoride toothpaste. Only a small amount (a portion the size of a green pea) should be used.
Before the age 3, If the child is not considered to be at risk, the teeth should be brushed by an adult using a toothbrush moistened only with water, not fluoride tooth paste.
At the age of 5 or6 your child will start to loose baby teeth, with the last baby tooth falling out around age 12.
Dont neglect baby teeth…dental decay or infection can affect your children’s growth and development – including speech development and nutrition.
Signs of tooth decay in children may include white spots on teeth first, then as early cavity develops a light brown colour on the tooth. Tooth colour becomes darker and a hole may appear. Symptoms such as sensitivity to sweets and cold beverages may occur
On April 7, the event took place simultaneously in eight YMCAs within our region: Barrie, Collingwood, Wasaga Beach, Gravenhurst, Innisfil, Midland, Orillia and Parry Sound. From running 5km to massive indoor cycling sessions, triathlons, swimming challenges, fire truck pulls and more— participants challenged themselves physically while at the same time, gave back to their community.
“The result of this year’s Move to Give fundraising event is truly extraordinary. Once again our community, sponsors, volunteers and employees have shown incredible kindness and generosity, helping us exceed our fundraising goal.” said Brian Shelley, Vice President, Philanthropy, Brand and Community Development, YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka
“We are more than just a gym. We are a community hub that provides essential services in the areas that we serve. From developing health initiatives that target heart disease, childhood obesity and other chronic diseases to improving literacy and social isolation, the money raised through Move to Give directly translates into more YMCA resources in our community,” said Shelley. “We owe a big thank you to our community and donors for supporting us and allowing us to continue to invest in the health and wellbeing of our community.”
Proceeds from this event will help support children, youth and families access quality YMCA programs and services including – health, fitness and recreation programs, education, child care, employment and training programs, camp and outdoor skills, leadership and volunteer development.
Thank you to this year’s Community Builder Sponsors:
Collingwood Dental Centre
Parkbridge Lifestyle Communities
Push Promotional Products & Design Inc.
Their commitment to helping build healthier communities is sincerely appreciated.
To learn more about how to support the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka, please visit www.GiveToTheY.ca.
Hi, I am Dr Mohammed Saigar; I grew up in Mississauga and did my post secondary education at the University of Toronto and McGill University. I have been practising dentistry at the Collingwood Dental Centre since 1996.
As a general dentist I have a particular interest in surgery, and I focus my practice on implant placements, and thoroughly enjoy virtual/computer assisted procedures and also the use of lasers. I would be happy to discuss these exciting tools to show case how dentistry has progressed.
I am also an avid scuba diver and especially enjoy diving with sharks (without cages); my last encounter was at Isle Guadaloupe in Mexico with the Great Whites.
My family and I are very happy to call Collingwood our home, we are especially lucky to live in such a beautiful four seasons town.
I do very much look forward meeting all of you and hope to see you soon
As we know, our ORAL health is connected to our OVERALL health.
Oral pain, bad breath, missing teeth or oral infections can influence the way a person speaks, eats and socializes. These oral health issues can reduce a person’s quality of life by affecting their physical, mental and social well-being.
Oral health problems could be a sign of something more serious such as oral cancer. Each year approximately 3,200 Canadians are diagnosed with oral cancer and 1,050 deaths from oral cancer occur. The low survival rate is due to it often diagnosed very late. With early detection the survival rate of oral cancer can be greatly improved.
Here are 4 ways to maintain your smile:
Drink plenty of water
Floss once a day
Brush for a full two minutes
Visit your dentist at least twice a year for teeth cleaning or an oral exam
Look for signs of gum disease:
Red, shiny, puffy, sore or sensitive gums
Bleeding when you brush or floss
Bad breath that won’t go away
Look for signs of oral cancer:
Bleeding or open sores that don’t heal
White or red patches
Numbness or tingling
Small lumps and thickening on the sides or bottom of your tongue, the floor or roof of your mouth, the inside of your cheeks, or on your gums