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Should Children Be Supervised When Brushing?

Dental associations around the world highly recommend that parents supervise their children while they brush their teeth – some even until the age of eight. While every country differs, poor dental health amongst children has become worrisome. Hence the need to introduce good tooth brushing habits as early as possible, and throughout the primary years.

Clearly, younger children aren’t able to properly clean their teeth, nor are they able to grasp the importance. For parents, it’s important to help out when a child is very young, and to assist along the way, as the child gets older. Some dental professionals suggest that when a child can cursively write their name, that child is ready to brush their teeth independently.

The main aim of parental supervision is to ensure that the child does a good job when brushing. Suggestions on brushing techniques are available at the dentist’s office, often with child-friendly illustrations. Most importantly, however, is consistency and routine. Parental supervision will set the stage for good overall dental hygiene habits for many years to come.

In terms of brushing, there are some fundamentals:  using a soft brush (round bristles); using the right size toothbrush; being careful not to irritate the gums; and not swallowing toothpaste after brushing. Also recommended is that children under 3 have their teeth brushed by a parent. As well, the toothbrush should be used with water, and not fluoride paste.

At the Mackenzie Dental Centre, Dr. Lloyd Pedvis provides general dentistry for the entire family. With a preventive approach to dental health, it’s all about the basics:  consistent daily brushing; routine clinic visits; and preventive measures that ensure early diagnosis. Young and old, the Mackenzie team provides a wide range of services:  form cavity detection to teeth whitening - and everything between.

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Thoroughly impressed from top to bottom. Beautiful facility, state of the art equipment, phenomenal dentist Dr. Lloyd Pedvis is indeed!! Beyond knowledgeable and best of all is his calming influence. He has such a down to earth approach, I just find it reassuring and just don't have the anxiety that I've had with past dental work. Just moved into the city and thrilled with our families new dentist and dental clinic!

Josh Katz

Dr. Pedvis and his staff are absolutely wonderful! My family and I are so happy that we have found him. He is absolutely amazing with young children. Both my kids needed work done and he was very gentle and patient. Both of them left his office happy and with great smiles! We are very happy we switched to Dr. Pedvis.

Holly D.

Our Family has gone to Dr. Pedvis for over 25 years in his previous location. You are all so lucky to have him and his team to look after you in Vaughan now. I am a very complicated dental patient due to healthcare issues… I knew I was always safe with Dr. Pedvis!  I will miss your great stories, and trying not to laugh, as you work on my dental issues. Most people do not get to laugh at "The Dentist". Your new office looks awesome! 

Dorothy McMahon

I have been a patient of Dr. Pedvis for 13 yrs now. He is the greatest dentist I've ever had. He's extremely gentle, listens to your concerns and is compassionate. I once emailed the office with a severe toothache when it was closed. Shortly after Dr. Pedvis contacted me with my concerns, he called in a prescription for me to get me out of pain. He then took me first thing in the morning and did a root canal. I highly recommend this dental office to anybody looking for a caring dentist. Also the staff is fantastic and they truly care about you as a person.

Kimberly Oppermann

I have seen many dentists prior to Dr. Pedvis, so I believe I have ample reference points to say that Dr. Pedvis is at the top of his field. He keeps up to date with developments in the field, invests in the latest equipment for his office and is able to handle a wide variety of procedures, from simple to complex. He also maintains an equally top level network of professionals to add to his service capabilities if needed.

Christopher Omiecinski

I am pleased to share my experience I had at the office of Dr. Lloyd Pedvis. From the moment I stepped into the office, I was made to feel welcome and comfortable, by the friendly competent staff. I found the office environment very pleasant. Dr. Pedvis is an excellent dentist. He takes the time to explain every procedure, and is attentive that I was comfortable at all times.

Melissa Lombardo

Me and my family have been going to Dr. Pedvis 's dental practice since 1995. He always performs excellent services, and is often available to handle emergencies. First class staff, as well. Their new location in Vaughan is stunning! Highly recommended.

Cameron A. M. Muir

Dr. Pedvis was so amazing! I can't say enough good things about him. Not only did he get me in quickly for a root canal (replying on a Sunday to my plea for help!). He was so great about addressing my pain and understanding my irrational fear. His follow up after the root canal was absolutely amazing! I was shocked at his follow through and care for his patients even after the procedure. I would recommend him to anyone in need of dental work.

Nancy B.

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