Bye Bye Soo Soo – Helping your child to give up the pacifier

The Children’s Oral Care Centre Soother Exchange Program

Sucking fingers, thumbs and pacifier is a very normal behavior for babies and young children.  Most children stop this habit on their own between age 2 to 4.  However,  prolonged finger / pacifier habit can make your children’s upper teeth tip forward and change the way their jaws grow.  Your children may benefit from parents’ and pediatric dentists’ help to stop the habit.

At the Children’s Oral Care Centre, we are very eager to provide you with support and advices.  Let us share with you one of the many success stories from our parents……

“My daughter was 3 years old and still used a soother day and night.  I had noticed her bite getting worse and just hoped that it had nothing to do with her having a soother. I came into Dr. Phoebe Tsang for her regular check up and was told that my fear was real and that her soothers were causing her to have an overbite.  I know at this point the soother needed to be taken away and sooner than later.

I had the same fears most mothers do that if you take away the soother they won’t sleep and they will cry for it.  Dr. Tsang mentioned to me and my daughter that if she brought ALL her soothers (we had many) to her, she had a very special gift for my daughter.  My daughter was excited about this idea and so a couple of days later my daughter collected all of her soothers in a bag and we came back to the office to do the trade.  Dr. Tsang did a huge presentation with pictures and lots of words of encouragement and then presented my daughter a special stuffed animal which my daughter quickly used as a replacement for her soothers.

My fear of her not sleeping and crying for her soother never happened.  She took to the stuffy and we never looked back!!!

The whole process was a positive experience for my daughter and made her very proud as Dr. Tsang made this a very special occasion for her J”   – Christy J, Abbotsford, BC

This can be your child’s success story as well!  We can make a difference together.  Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions regarding your children’s finger/thumb or pacifier habits.

ADSA Sedation CE Course

“Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything one learned in school.” –Albert Einstein

Our dental team is committed to perpetual learning.  We pride ourselves in improving and evolving our patient dental care with new knowledge and research.
In April 2011, Dr. Tsang and her dental team flew to Scottsdale, Arizona to attend the American Dental Society of Anaesthesiology Annual session.  The American Dental Society of Anaesthesiology is a forum for education and research to promote safe and effective patient care for all dentists who have an interest in anaesthesiology, sedation and  the control of anxiety and pain.  The highlights of the conference included a high fidelity human simulator course for managing complications during sedation and general anaesthesia.  The ultra realistic mannequins in the course  provided real-time feedback which was extremely useful in practising management protocols for emergency situations.  Since working with patients who are sedated requires special medical knowledge, our dental care team also attended a 2-day refreshing course with specific curriculum important for supporting staff working in offices providing sedation and general anaesthesia.   Above all, we all caught a glimpse of sunshine and enjoyed an ecological tour of the Saguaro Desert.

Reaching out for new ways to calm an anxious child in a dental office

“Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything one learned in school.” –Albert Einstein

Our dental team is committed to perpetual learning.  We pride ourselves in improving and evolving our patient dental care with new knowledge and research.

Dr. Tsang and her team are always looking for different ways to reach out and calm an anxious child.  She recently attended a workshop presented by clinical psychologist & Clinical professor paediatrics BCCH & UBC , Dr. Leora Kuttner.  This workshop focussed on hypnosis for children and teens.  Contrary to mystery as portrayed in the  media, hypnosis doesn’t involve levitating a child in mid air.   It is best summarized by the quote by Franz Baumann – paediatrician: “Paediatric Hypnosis started when mother kissed…. And made it better.”  This workshop explored different aspects of child psychology and explained how to apply these principles in daily clinical practices;  from how to greet and talk to the child, how to comfort a panic child and how to empower them to try new things.  Workshops like this tremendously augmented the non-pharmacological behaviour guidance approach valued at the Children’s Oral Care Centre.

Love has no border – our dental volunteer missions – Our annual community dental day

C.O.C.C. – Commitment tO Community Care

It is our dental care clinic’s tradition to pass on good deeds as a way of saying thank you for our community continued support to our clinic.   Every year, our dental team volunteers its time to organize a community dental day clinic, where we offer complimentary dental care for any pediatric patients who cannot afford their dental treatment.   In May,  our team was glad to have helped several families restore their children’s oral health.  As a bonus, we received their heartfelt thank you from these patients, which has brought much “sweetness” to this weekend event.

Love has no border – our dental volunteer missions: Guangxi – China

C.O.C.C. – Commitment tO Community Care

Can you imagine walking 3 hours to go to school?  Have you ever thought about studying inside a school holding an umbrella because your classroom has a leaky roof?  Can you see yourself not being able to go to school because you are a girl?  Education, something we take it for granted in Canada, is still not easy in many parts of the world.  We have experienced some of the challenges students may have when we recently visited a few villages in Guangxi province, the southwestern part of China.  One of our goals for this trip was to evaluate the oral health status of these students and to explore future opportunities for providing dental care for these children.   We realized in our observations; however, that there were many aspects we can improve upon for these students, in addition to their dental care.  It’s really unfortunate that our suitcases were never big enough for sufficient toys, stationery and books, but we were glad that we brought plenty of love and caring with us.

Please click here to watch a video of our visit.


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