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Root Canal Aftercare


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    A root canal procedure repairs a tooth that has been infected or severely damaged, usually due to a deep crack or cavity. The procedure itself involved removing the affected area, cleaning the tooth, and refilling the space. Afterwards, it’s important to take care of the area with specific routines and solutions to minimize your discomfort. Here are some of those care options:


    First and foremost- make sure you are maintaining your good oral care routines at home, including brushing a flossing twice a day, as well as attending your regular check-ups with Beausejour Dental Centre to keep your oral health in top shape, and to be proactive and preventative with your oral care.


    After some root canal procedures, you may need to take anti-inflammatory medicine, or your doctor might prescribe you something to take to minimize your pain. Ice packs or cold compresses can significantly reduce pain and swelling after a root canal treatment, and you can repeat these compresses in an on-for-five, off-for-fifteen routine until you feel relief.


    Chewing might be painful, or could irritate your teeth and gums after treatment, so Beausejour Dental Centre often recommends a soft food or liquid diet until your mouth starts to heal. Smoothies, yogurt, and soup are all good solutions to help you get nutrients and prevent additional pain from eating. Gargling with salt water can also help soothe irritated teeth and gums, and can help minimize the risk of infection as the water gently cleans the affected area. Similarly, rinsing with a hydrogen peroxide and warm water solution will help disinfect your mouth.


    Sleeping with an elevated pillow can help reduce possible bleeding, and will help ease gum nerve pain as the blood is directed to flow in one direction.


    You will likely have a few follow-up appointment with Beausejour Dental Centre after your root canal procedure as to ensure all is healing normally and that there are no complications with your post-treatment care. Caring for your oral health after a root canal can be complicated and frustrating, so don’t hesitate to reach out to Beausejour Dental Centre of you have any questions or concerns following your procedure.


For more information about root canal aftercare, or to schedule your next appointment with Beausejour Dental Centre, call 204.268.1782 today!


Dental Emergencies: What to Do


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Dental emergencies can be scary, especially if you feel underprepared for how to respond in the situation. Ignoring dental emergencies can lead to painful and costly issues in the future, so being prepared to handle issues that arise upfront can be the best solution to save you time, money, and pain!




Having a toothache is absolutely no fun; it usually occurs when a cavity is close to and irritates a nerve, and often requires a dental crown or sometimes a root canal. To take the edge off of some of your immediate pain, consider taking a pain reliever, or applying a cold compress to the area.


Knocked-Out Teeth


If you knock out a tooth, save it! Speed matters if you’re trying to save your lost tooth - quickly reinsert (without forcing!) the tooth into its socket, or save the tooth in a cup of milk. Get to  Beausejour Dental Centre immediately for best odds of saving your tooth.


Broken Teeth


If you break a tooth, rinse your mouth with warm water to wash away any smaller fragments that could be lingering. If you’re bleeding, hold a piece of gauze on the area until bleeding stops. You can use a cold compress to relieve some of the pain and swelling, and you should come in to Beausejour Dental Centre as soon as possible.


If you have a dental emergency, it’s best to get in to see Beausejour Dental Centre immediately. If you have any questions, or to schedule your next appointment call  204.268.1782!


How to Tell if You Have Dental Cavities

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Wondering if you could have a cavity? If you’ve never had a cavity before, or if it’s been awhile since you have, it can be difficult to know for sure. The best way to ensure your mouth is in top shape is to schedule regular check-ups with Beausejour Dental Centre. In the meantime, here’s a few ways to help you determine if you could have a cavity:

Tooth decay or cavities can appear in a number of forms; it can look like light discoloration on the teeth, or darker spots and holes on the surface of teeth. To save your natural tooth, you will most likely need a filling. 

If your dental cavity has gone deep enough into your tooth to touch your root, you will likely feel sensitivity to certain food and drinks. Many people explain feeling sensitivities especially when crunching into tart foods like apples, or tasting temperature-extreme foods like hot pasta or cold smoothies. You might eventually feel pain when you eat or drink, so it’s important to have your sensitivities addressed when you first notice them. 

Remember to make an appointment with Beausejour Dental Centre as soon as you notice a cavity developing, and the best way to maintain your oral health is to brush and floss your teeth every day, and schedule regular check-ups with Beausejour Dental Centre. 

If you suspect a cavity forming in your mouth, or to schedule your next appointment with Beausejour Dental Centre, call 204.268.1782 today!

Porcelain Veneers: FAQ


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Would you believe that veneers have been around since the 1920s?! They debuted in Hollywood, no surprise, but porcelain veneers have come a long way from the red carpet and are surprisingly more common and more natural looking today than you might suspect. 
Between the 1920s and the 1950s regular people outside of Hollywood started getting veneers to help improve the look of their smile. The veneers we think of today came about sometime around the 1980s, as veneers became more affordable and easier to place with bonding agents that allowed dentists to make them more permanent and even more attractive.
Today’s options for dental veneers include traditional and no-preparation veneers. If you select the traditional route, Beausejour Dental Centre will shave off enamel from the tooth or teeth receiving the veneer, then take an impression of your slightly shaved tooth so the veneer can be crafted to fit your tooth exactly. Though it will take around three weeks for your veneer to be ready once Beausejour Dental Centre sends out the impression, there are temporary veneer options you can wear in the meantime, so you don’t have to worry about an unsightly, “shaved” smile while you wait for your custom veneer. No-prep veneers are fitted directly over your existing smile, and do not require any shaving of your natural teeth. 
Today’s veneers can last anywhere between 10 and 30 years, and can be the solution to the smile you’ve always dreamed of. The Beausejour Dental Centre takes time and care to craft a smile that will match the shape and style of your natural teeth to give you a smile that looks almost perfect and totally real. 
For more information about porcelain veneers, or to schedule your next appointment with Beausejour Dental Centre call 204.268.1782 today!

A Guide to Your Teeth


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Dental terminology seems to be in a world of its own; do you ever feel confused when you’re in the dentist’s chair? You can hear them talking, but you aren’t quite sure what they’re saying, and maybe even when the professionals start talking to you directly, you only half understand what’s about to take place in your mouth. Here’s a quick guide to helping you understand all that dental lingo, so you can feel more informed next time you’re at Beausejour Dental Centre: 
Numbering your Teeth
Adults have 32 permanent teeth, and those teeth are numbered in a clockwise fashion from the dentist’s perspective. Teeth 1-16 are the top half of your mouth, while 17-32 are the lower half (including your wisdom teeth!) This means that your wisdom teeth are numbers 1, 16, 17, and 32. Your front, most visible teeth are 6-11 on the top, and 22-27 on the bottom. Your “eye” teeth, or canines, (the sharp, vampire-like teeth!) are numbers 6, 11, 22, and 27.
In addition to each tooth having a specific number, dentists also split your mouth into four quadrants - the upper portion of your mouth contains the first two, and the lower half has quadrants three and four. Again, dentists look at the quadrants in a clockwise fashion from their perspective, so your top right is quadrant one, top left is two, bottom left three, and finally your bottom right is quadrant four. 
Numbering your Gums 
Dentists measure the distance between the pocket of your gum and its tooth in millimeters, and the smaller the distance, the better; numbers around one, two, and three indicate healthy gums - this probably means that you brush and floss regularly, and are taking great care of your teeth and gums with your oral health routine. Larger numbers are indications of oral issues like plaque and tartar buildup that could be contributing to early gum disease; numbers greater than five are a serious issue, and your dentist will most likely recommend a deep cleaning to hopefully help you avoid bone loss or periodontal disease. 
Remember, the best way to take care of your teeth and gums is to brush and floss every day, and to schedule regular appointments with Beausejour Dental Centre. If you have any questions about your oral health, or to schedule your next appointment with Beausejour Dental Centre, call 204.268.1782, today!

Summer Survival Guide

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Summertime, and the living’s easy! Just make sure that easy living doesn’t compromise your dental health. Here are a few things to keep in mind when keeping yourself happy and healthy this summer season: 
Chlorinated pool water is acidic, and believe it or not, can actually damage your teeth! It’s hard to imagine not swallowing a little pool water when you’re splashing around and having fun, but take the time to rinse your mouth out with plain, filtered water afterwards. Not only will it help neutralize some of that lingering acid, but will also help keep you hydrated!
Also consider some of the dental injuries that could result from some careless slip-ups and fall-downs around the pool this summer. Remember, walk, don’t run, on slippery pool perimeters, and remind everyone to be attentive to their surroundings when they’re playing in and around the pool.
Snacks and summer munchies will keep you fueled for all your summer fun! It’s important to be mindful of the kinds of food you’re consuming, as well as remembering you good oral cleaning habits in between those snack breaks. Sugarless gum is a great way to neutralize acid in the mouth that’s caused from frequent snacking, and brushing and flossing regularly are the best way to ensure you stay cavity-free all summer!
Regular dental check-ups are the only way to ensure your mouth is in its best shape, and to be sure there are no cavities or other dangers lurking in the deepest corners of those bright smiles. Don’t skip summer dental check-ups because of summer vacation plans or other activities - you deserve the best dental care that Beausejour Manitoba has to offer, so be sure to schedule your summer dental appointments with Beausejour Dental Centre. 
If you have any questions about summer care for your teeth, or to schedule your next appointment with Beausejour Dental Centre, call 204.268.1782  today!

TMD Problems and How to Prevent Them

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Problems with your temporomandibular joint can be painful and can interfere with basic functions of your jaw like chewing and talking. In order to recognize and prevent TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder) remember to look out for and be cautious towards these things: 
Excessive tooth grinding increases stress to the joint.
General stress often leads individuals to clench their jaw more frequently. 
Women, and especially those adults between ages 20 and 40 are more likely to develop TMD.
General aching or tired facial muscles are a common symptoms of TMD.
Grating or popping sounds when you chew or close your mouth could be signs of TMD.
You can try to prevent TMD by reducing risk factors like wearing a mouthguard if you know you grind your teeth at night, or reducing stress and relaxing to avoid unnecessarily clenching your jaw throughout the day and in your sleep. 
The best way to ensure that your oral health is in top condition is to maintain a regular check-up schedule with your Beausejour Dental Centre. To schedule your appointment call 204.268.1782 today!

Understanding Dental Fear

Dental fear is another common fear shared by many individuals. Despite the importance of dental care, there are quite many who despise the idea of going to the dentist for a visit. For some people, the pain associated with any type of dental problems is tied up with the fear of that dreaded visit to the dentist. Statistics reveal that dentists are the most feared out of any type of doctors.

It is no surprise as to why dental fear is so prevalent given the different situational causes to it.

Cause of Dental Fear

The fear of dentists vary in their intensity such that some people are afraid of undergoing intricate dental procedures while others dislike the idea of seeing the dentist at all. Due to the importance of dental care as part of taking care of your body, it is also important to assess your level of fear so you can undertake the necessary steps to overcome it.

If you examine the causes for dental fear, these are quite familiar. Therefore, you need to be able to identify them before you can think of ways to eliminate them.

Previous terrible experience with a dentist.

Fear of being embarrassed or ridiculed for your dental condition. This is quite problematic since your own fear is also the reason for your dental neglect in the first place.
Fear of certain dental procedures, specially intricate ones that you might perceive as painful.
Others own scary or terrible experiences with the dentist that impact your own perception about dentists and having a dental check-up on a whole.
Fear of the anesthesia shots and needles registered by the dentist before proceeding to any dental procedure.

Behavioral Techniques To Overcome Dental Fear

As with any other types of fear, dental fear mostly takes place in the mind. Therefore, you can try to combat it with a few psychological methods that will enable you to confront this fear. By following them, you are not entirely guaranteed of being able to let go of that fear altogether. However, it can help you understand that this type of fear can be illogical and enable you to appreciate the importance of having frequent dental care.

The Comfort Zone

This is an important concept associated with psychological fears involved with your dental fear. Undergoing dental procedures can be scary, but you can get over that by re-learning the emotional responses solicited by the experience. This is most common among children. For example, you can try doing basic check up wherein the doctor examines the teeth using a mouth mirror. If a child shows no signs of fear from that, then you can proceed to a more elaborate test. Taking this step by step process and moving in slowly will enable the child or individual to remain in their comfort zone. This is a more useful approach among adults given that they can voice out their experience so that you remain as relaxed about the entire dental visit.

Knowing You’re In Control

This one is related to the idea of the “comfort zone”, which is basically about letting your dentist know whether or not you are comfortable about the dental proceedings. It is important that you learn how to effectively communicate with your dentist so they remain aware about your state throughout the entire procedure. If at some point you become quite anxious about the situation, then it is best to send out warning signals so your dentist know when to stop or proceed.

Also, you need to keep it in mind that dental procedures are not going to hurt. That is what the numbing agent is for, which is also another reason why you should not fear those shots administered before any procedure. Once you have motivated yourself enough to dismiss all these thoughts of fear and anxiety, then you’d be able to come out of the procedure with a healthier dental condition.

For more information on dental fears, contact Beausejour Dental 204.268.1782 today!

Time to Fill You In on Fluoride (It’s Not Just For Kids!)

Many people are familiar with the health benefits of adding fluoride to drinking water for the strengthening and protection of children’s teeth, but did you know that those same restorative properties of fluoride hold true for adult exposure as well? Researchers are excited to have found increasing evidence suggesting fluoridated tap water not only prevents pediatric cavities, but also prevents tooth decay in adults.

Although the understanding for years has been such that fluoride worked by strengthening teeth while they were still developing, new professional discoveries show that topical fluoride treatments, such as those through toothpaste, mouth rinses, and specialized fluoride treatments, helps to fight oral decay for people of all ages.  

If your gums have started to recede from your teeth, you wear braces, have chronic dry mouth, or have had radiation to your head or neck that could have damaged your salivary glands, a fluoride treatment could be a quick and painless first step solution to a better tomorrow!

To learn more about how a fluoride treatment can help protect your teeth, or to schedule an appointment with Beausejour Dental Centre, call 204.268.1782 today!!


Teeth Grinding

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Could you be grinding your teeth at night? 

Studies show that nighttime grinding, also known as sleep bruxism, affects about 10% of the population. Sleep bruxism can lead to uncomfortable consequences, like serious muscle soreness and even headaches, in the days and weeks to follow. 

Many people are unaware that they are grinding their teeth in their sleep, rather a loved one will hear the grinding at night. Those more likely to develop sleep bruxism include people who are under stress, caffeine drinkers or heavy alcohol drinkers, or people with anxiety. Sleep bruxism is also often associated with snoring. 

 If left unaddressed, this grinding often leads to the necessity of extensive dental work in order to correct the teeth damages nighttime grinding causes. Even worse, for those whose grinding is associated with obstructive sleep apnea, sleep bruxism might indeed become a life threatening issue! 

If you or a loved one could be suffering from sleep bruxism, don’t hesitate to call Beausejour Dental Centre to learn about a corrective treatment plan, customized for you. 

For questions, or to schedule your next appointment with Beausejour Dental Centre, call 204.268.1782 today!

Things That Could Hurt Your Teeth

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Taking care of your teeth if one of the easiest and most aesthetically pleasing ways to live a healthy and happy life! Improving your oral health care is the first step towards improving your overall wellbeing, and it’s important to be aware of the little things you can avoid in your daily life to ensure your teeth are at their healthiest! 
Food and Drink
Food and drinks full of sugar create a bacteria breeding haven in your mouth! That bacteria can then cause cavities and tooth decay, often leading to gum disease. Acidic foods break down tooth enamel and often start to dissolve tooth structure, inevitably causing cavities. To make matters worse, dehydration and a dry mouth allows for bacteria to multiply even more quickly, and that bacteria can then prevent saliva from protecting your teeth from the acid in your mouth! 
Excessive Strain
Using your teeth as tools, biting your nails, chewing ice, or grinding your teeth, are all not only often painful, but also cause excessive wear and erosion on your teeth. This excessive strain can lead to unsightly chipping and cracked teeth, leaving your teeth exposed and sensitive. 
Failure to brush and floss regularly, or a disregard for oral safety practices like wearing an athletic guard while playing sports, are both examples of neglect that can be dangerous for your oral health. While failure to brush and floss regularly can leave your mouth exposed to internal problems like oral disease, external dangers from unprotected athletic activity can result in traumatic injuries. 
Remember, upkeep of your oral health is one way you can strive to be your healthiest every day! 
If you have any questions about taking care of your teeth, or to schedule your next appointment with Beausejour Dental Centre, call 204.268.1782 today! 

Tobacco Use and Your Oral Health

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So, just how bad for your oral health is smoking and tobacco use? Let’s clear the air around this question that has been buzzing between dentists and patients for years.

Many people have been desensitized to the horrors associated with tobacco use; health risks like lung cancer and emphysema, as well as aesthetic deterioration including teeth yellowing and increased wrinkle development, are all consequences of tobacco use that smokers and non-smokers alike are likely either personally familiar with or consciously aware of. Perhaps not surprisingly, about 90 percent of individuals with some form of mouth cancer have used tobacco in their lifetime.Tobacco in any form presents dangers to the mouth and lips, and even smokeless tobacco, like chewing tobacco, puts users at serious risk for oral cancer and especially tooth and gum decay.

A less commonly known but equally frightening statistic published by the American Dental Association (ADA) explains that smokers are three to six times more likely to suffer from accelerated periodontitis, or gum disease, as compared to nonsmokers. Chronic periodontal disease is a bacterial infection that swiftly destroys all tissue anchoring teeth into the jaw bone. With enough deterioration over an extended time, this infection often builds from a mild swelling of the gums, to intense sensitivity and severe pain, and ultimately leads to tooth loss. A person might think that he or she can combat tooth loss while maintaining smoking habits, but studies show that tobacco users often endure implant failure and are often consequently left toothless.

Don’t let tobacco be the smoking gun on the detriment of your oral health! Call Beausejour Dental Centre today at 204.268.1782 to learn more about a healthy, tobacco- free lifestyle that will make everyone around you smile.

Could You Have Gum Disease?

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Bad breath, aching jaw, painful chewing, and swollen gums -- sound familiar? It might surprise you to learn that hundreds of people suffer from gum disease, or periodontal disease, and if these painful symptoms remind you of your daily life, you may be one of those hundred. 

Addressing and correcting your gum disease before it becomes detrimental to the overall health and wellness of your mouth is crucial. Our mouths are full of bacteria that cause plaque on teeth, and if left to develop, this plaque can quickly cause inflammation of the gums, called gingivitis. Gingivitis has mild symptoms, and can often be treated through regular brushing and flossing. 

If left untreated, the swelling and redness of gingivitis worsens, causing the gums to pull away from the teeth, and this is known as periodontitis. As the gums pull away from the teeth, the pockets created often fill with bacteria; the body’s natural response is to fight off this bacteria, and consequently creates a situation in which the body begins breaking down bone and tissues surrounding the area. The destruction in and around the tooth can become so detrimental that the tooth must be extracted. 

Although most people don’t show signs of gum disease until their 30s or 40s, some lifestyle risk factors can increase gum sensitivity and therefore increase the chances of early or accelerated gum disease. 
These factors include: 
                Hormonal changes in women
                Genetic Susceptibility

 It’s important to visit Beausejour Dental Centre regularly for oral exams and cleanings, but when should you consider an immediate appointment to address the possibility of gum disease? 
Common symptoms of gum disease include:
              Unwavering bad breath
              Red or swollen, tender or bleeding gums
              Painful chewing
              Loose or sensitive teeth
              Receding gums or teeth that appear longer

These symptoms could be signs of a serious problem and should be evaluated by Beausejour Dental Centre as soon as they are discovered. 
Don’t become another victim of periodontitis! For more information about periodontitis prevention and treatment, call 204.268.1782 to schedule an appointment with Beausejour Dental Centre today.

Complete Guide to Oral Health

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Springtime means the birds are singing and the bees are buzzing, and life often starts to get-up-and-go for many people! If you’re wondering how to keep up on your oral health this spring, Beausejour Dental Centre suggests these tips and tricks for optimum oral health: 
Brushing: Clean the entire surface of every tooth! Ensure you’re brushing for at least two minutes, and be mindful of the intensity with with you brush - don’t press too hard! Replace your toothbrush about every three months, and be sure to use a brush with soft bristles so that you don’t damage your gums. 
Staining Substances: Be wary of food and drink that can be damaging to your teeth! Enamel-destroying bacteria feeds on sugar, so limit consumption and brush teeth thoroughly afterwards. Acidic foods also contribute to the deterioration of enamel, and after enough breakdown, a lack of enamel will leave your teeth exposed and sensitive. Drinks like soda, coffee, and tea all lead to stains on your teeth and smoking contributes to some of the worst stains of all! 
Visit Beausejour Dental Centre regularly: The best way to ensure your oral health is in optimum condition is to visit Beausejour Dental Centre regularly for checkups and dental cleanings. Plaque on your teeth naturally builds up over time, even if you take great care of your mouth - without regular visits to Beausejour Dental Centre, that plaque can contribute to cavities and cause larger dental issues that are much more time consuming and costly to address! 
If you have any questions about how to maintain great oral health this spring, or to schedule your next appointment with Beausejour Dental Centre, call 204.268.1782  today! 

Tooth Sensitivity Facts!

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    Tooth sensitivity is uncomfortable and unnecessary! Extreme sensitivity is a result of exposed nerve endings when the protective coating that insulates these nerves is eroded away. If you’ve been living with tooth sensitivity, consider these suggestions for reducing pain or decreasing the likeliness of nerve exposure:


Use a soft toothbrush

    Some people believe that brushing harder means keeping teeth cleaner, but you might actually be doing more harm than good! Sensitivity occurs due to erosion of the protective layers on your teeth, so by brushing too hard or with a hard-bristled toothbrush, you’re actually promoting that sensitivity! Brushing with a soft-bristled brush in small, circular motions, will allow you to remove plaque without damaging your teeth.


Brush with specially designed toothpaste

    There are toothpastes designed specifically to desensitize teeth and gums, and they really work! In contrast, whitening toothpastes often erode tooth enamel and lead to increased sensitivity as they wear down the natural structure of your teeth.


Keep your routine

    Slacking off on brushing and flossing is no way to keep your teeth and gums in top shape! Skipping a brushing session allows for harmful bacteria and acids to build up on your teeth, and can lead to early tooth decay that causes sensitivity.


Avoid acidic foods

    Sodas, energy drinks, and other acidic foods chemically erode tooth enamel and can cause sensitivity as nerve endings become exposed. Eating sugar-free gum shortly after acidic foods can help stimulate saliva to neutralize acid production in your mouth.


If you have questions about how to help your tooth sensitivity, or to schedule your next appointment with Beausejour Manitoba dentist at Beausejour Dental Centre call 204.268.1782 today!



The History of The Tooth Fairy

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You’ve heard of Christmas spirit, and maybe even the luck of the Irish, but have you heard about the history of the Tooth Fairy? 

Legend has it, the tooth fairy character developed after early European traditions of burying lost teeth in the hopes it would bring good luck that permanent teeth would grow. After the sixth tooth was lost, a coin was left for that person. Vikings sometimes brought their children’s teeth into battle as luck charms, and in America, the tooth fairy is often depicted as a delicate, winged creature - but the Tooth fairy’s character varies across cultures. Many European countries show the fairy as an animal, like a mouse or a bear, and in some countries, even as a dragon!

The legend of the Tooth fairy has been spreading since 1927 when a play, “The Tooth fairy,” came out. In 1947, the first book with that title was published, and today, children across the world recognize the Tooth fairy as frequently as they do the Easter bunny or Santa Clause. 

Many believe that the Tooth fairy caught on with so many families, because the idea helped ease children’s fears about losing teeth. Children might find a sense of comfort in knowing that losing their teeth is common, and even rewarded, as a “right of passage,” into becoming a big kid! In this respect, losing teeth becomes exciting rather than scary for children. 

Do you remember any Tooth fairy traditions from your childhood? Even if you don’t you can start new traditions with your little ones, and remind them that the Fairy loves clean teeth!

To schedule your next appointment with Beausejour Dental Centre call 204.268.1782 today!!