Dental Tips Blog

Sep
18

My Child is Scared of the Dentist – What Can I Do?

It’s not unusual for kids to feel anxious in a setting filled with strange people, strange chairs, strange noises and smells, and strange tools. A great dental practice will do their very best to warmly welcome all in your family and make them feel as comfortable as possible.

Even still, your child may struggle with dental anxiety. Fortunately, you can do a lot to minimize their fear!

Encourage a Positive View

Don’t use a trip to the dentist as a threat for misbehavior! Talk about the dental office as the routine thing it is. Avoid asking your child if they are nervous. This could lead them to believe that they should be nervous! Let them know you’ll be there if they need you, but also that you’re confident they’ll do fine on their own.

Set an Example

If your child is very young, they may feel better when they get to see you getting your teeth cleaned! They’ll realize that there is nothing to be afraid of – if mommy or daddy made it out all right, then they can too!

Bring Along Distractions

Some kids feel a lot better when they have their favorite blanket or stuffed animal close at hand. A book or movie on an electronic device could be all your child needs to relax and tolerate treatment comfortably.

Communicate with the Dental Team

Your local dental office is experienced with working with kids. They’ve probably had a very successful protocol in place for years. Let the team know of your child’s unique needs. They’ll happily work with you to make your child’s treatment a success!

Posted on behalf of:
Sycamore Hills Dentistry
10082 Illinois Rd
Fort Wayne, IN 46804
(260) 213-4400

Nov
20

Transitioning from Baby to Adult Teeth

Children love to ask their parents when they will finally lose their very first tooth. Parents love to ask their children’s dentist when their child will finally be finished losing their baby teeth. Transitioning from baby to adult teeth can be a fluctuating, time-consuming process, especially for parents that are concerned about the appearance or presence of some of these teeth.

Most children begin to lose their first tooth around Kindergarten, but this can fluctuate. The first adult teeth to appear are typically the 6 year molars, which erupt just behind the back primary molars. While they are called 6-year molars, they can erupt between ages 5-7 and it still be completely normal. Some people find that boys are a little slower in tooth development in girls, but not always. As far as the front teeth are concerned, the lower front incisor teeth are usually the first ones to fall out and be replaced with an adult tooth.

The last teeth to fall out are the baby molars or canine teeth. The permanent premolars and cuspids begin to erupt anywhere between ages 10-12, but vary between children. In total, your child will lose 20 baby teeth and have 32 permanent teeth develop. The last set of teeth to develop is the 3rd set of molars (or wisdom teeth.) These usually erupt in late teen years all the way through a person’s 20s.

If the adult teeth seem slightly out of alignment, this may be completely normal, but it’s still important for your child to have their teeth checked by a dentist at least twice each year. This allows any tooth misalignment issues to be addressed as early as possible, preventing orthodontic complications later on.

Posted on behalf of Grateful Dental

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