Dental Tips Blog

May
13

What to Do When Your Child Refuses to Brush

You know that brushing those pearly-whites every day is important to your child’s health. But your little one doesn’t understand that fact, just yet.

What can you do if your child flat-out refuses to cooperate with a tooth-brushing routine?

Here are some ideas to try.

Consult Your Child While Shopping

Most parents don’t like too much input from their junior members while grocery shopping. But your kids may be more inclined to brush their teeth if they get to pick out a toothbrush and toothpaste they like.

Set Up a Reward System

A reward system can help your child to make positive associations with their tooth-brushing routine. Offer a treat, party, or special outing for reaching a goal of brushing so many times per week or month.

Explain Things in Terms Your Child Understands

While saying “it’s good for you” may not be a sufficient explanation for your kids, you can still motivate them to brush if you explain the reason in details they can appreciate.

Try to keep the motivation positive. But don’t hesitate to tap into your kid’s concerns to help them see how brushing is beneficial.

For example, if your child is a neat-freak, let him or her know that they need to brush to keep their teeth white and clean. If your child hates going to the dentist, tell them that if they brush, their checkups will be easier.

Is your child freaked out by bugs? Tiny plaque bugs will eat holes in their teeth if they don’t brush them away every day.

Talk with a pediatric or family dentist in your area to get more tips on motivating your kids to brush.

Posted on behalf of:
Muccioli Dental
6300 Hospital Pkwy # 275
Johns Creek, GA 30097
(678) 389-995

May
6

What to Expect at Your Child’s First Dental Visit

With a little positivity and preparation, your child can enjoy a pleasant first trip to your family dentist and be on the road to a healthy smile for life.

Baby’s First Dental Visit

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and many pediatricians urge parents to bring their babies to the dentist by their first birthday. If your baby’s teeth start coming in before then, bring him or her in even sooner.

A dental checkup for a baby is a matter of just a few minutes. The dentist will look at your baby’s mouth and make sure the teeth are coming in on schedule.

Taking Your Child to the Dentist for the First Time

At the first appointment for an older child, expect the dentist and dental hygienist to spend more time having fun with your son or daughter. The goal is to create a relaxed environment your child feels comfortable in.

Your child may be able to explore the dental air hose, vacuum, and water sprayer. There may be some fun “brushing” practice on a toy or model teeth. A dental examination and brief cleaning will likely finish up the session.

Listen Up!

Perhaps the most important part will be what the dentist has to say to you. You’ll get the latest in tips and recommendations for keeping your son or daughter’s smile healthy, no matter their age. Pay close attention and put the suggestions into practice.

Your child’s first dental appointment doesn’t have to be traumatic. Keep the experience relaxed and informative for your little one. With the help of your local dentist, your son or daughter will soon be an old pro when it comes time for dental checkups!

Posted on behalf of:
Green Dental of Alexandria
1725 Duke St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-172

Sep
29

When Will My Child’s Teeth Fall Out?

Like many other processes in a growing body, teeth fall out on their very own schedule. Kids are often unique in terms of smile development. By understanding a few keystone principles, you’ll know when your son or daughter’s teeth are ready “exfoliate.”

Follow The Leader

Baby teeth tend to fall out in the same order as they one they came in at. For most kids, this usually means that their central bottom front teeth will be the first to get loose. Soon to follow are the upper front teeth, and so on.

When the adult teeth start developing within the bone, they’ll push on the baby tooth roots, triggering them to dissolve. Once the roots are gone, the tooth will loose to make way for the emerging replacement.

Other Factors

Do you have a little girl or boy? That can make a difference. Biologically, females tend to develop a bit faster than males.

If your child naturally loses their first tooth by age 4, that’s not necessarily a cause for concern. Neither is it worrisome if your kid is 8 and hasn’t yet lost any teeth.

What You Should Know

Never force a tooth to come out before it’s ready. Pulling it too soon can result in pain and even an infection. Encourage your child to gently wiggle a loose tooth with their finger or tongue until the tooth is ready to come out. Nature will take its course!

If a baby tooth is lost too soon because of decay or injury or you’re worried about late development, bring your child to your family dentist for an exam.

Posted on behalf of:
Moores Chapel Dentistry
9115 Samlen Lane #105
Charlotte, NC 28214
(704) 389-9299

Aug
7

The Time of Day You Schedule Your Kids’ Appointments is Important!

You’re unbelievably busy. Sometimes, just too busy to worry about details like what time your child’s dental appointment is at.

But that’s one small detail that you might not want to brush off so quickly. When it comes to kids, a little time makes a big difference.

The time of day your child comes in to see the dentist can affect a lot: their mood, how well they cooperate, how much the dentist can get done, and even how your child views dental care.

Is Your Child A Morning Person?

Most toddlers are fresh and energetic first thing in the morning. An early appointment may be best so that they get it over with quickly. Then, they can spend the rest of the day forgetting the event if it wasn’t their favorite thing!

Just be sure that the schedule doesn’t interfere with any daily naps. A grouchy toddler is not easy to provide dental treatment for!

Small People, Big Pressures

As adults, we often miss the good old days of school when our worries were few and small.

But we also tend to forget just how big those worries seemed at the time.

Your child, although old enough to cooperate at the dentist’s, still gets tired just like you do. He or she may be stressed after a bad day, a tough exam, or after school activities.

As easy as it sounds to book your kid’s appointment for right after school, try to think of how they may feel. Don’t push them to do more in a day than they can handle!

Your family dentist can provide more tips on how to help your children have a positive experience at the dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Gold Hill Dentistry
2848 Pleasant Road #104
Fort Mill,  South Carolina 29708
(803) 566-8055

Jan
6

How to Help Your Child Behave at the Dentist Office

Depending upon age, prior experience, and maturity level, each child’s ability to sit through a dental appointment varies. If you have more than one child, you know how different siblings can be!

Some children might get particularly fussy or anxious when they know it’s time for a dental checkup. How can you avoid making a simple dental cleaning such a chore? These few suggestions may help.

Leave the Room

Kids will often behave better when in a room with authority figures they don’t know. Because your child already knows what buttons to push, he or she is very comfortable with letting you know how they feel and they know what to say and what to do to get their way. Consider stepping outside (just out of eyesight will do) while your child is having treatment.

Communicate with the Dental Team

Let the dentist and other staff know about your concerns and your child’s needs. Especially previous experiences. This way, everyone can plan in advance to give your child the time he or she needs for the best care.

Remain Calm

Kids tend to feed off their parents’ mood. If you’re needlessly worried about dental treatment yourself, your child will probably pick up on that and become anxious over something they don’t understand. Avoid saying things like “this doesn’t hurt” as it can feed into a mental image of their own expectations.

Even if your kid is having a rough day, do your best to stay calm and positive. Don’t make any rash threats out of frustration and avoid drawing attention to behavior the child is using to get out of an undesirable situation.

If you find that your child needs even more specialized care, consider a family dentist or pediatric dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Family & Cosmetic Dental Care
2627 Peachtree Pkwy #440
Suwanee, GA 30024
(770) 888-3384

Aug
19

Cleaning Your Child’s Teeth: 5 Steps to a Healthy Smile!

Here are a few important goals to keep in mind when helping your child clean his or her smile:

  1. Use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste.

More than that means more can be accidentally swallowed. If your child has a hard time spitting out toothpaste, then stick to a fluoride-free one. Once they can safely spit out most of it, introduce one that contains fluoride to keep their teeth strong.

  1. Brush thoroughly.

This is a good place for small ones to start practicing their brushing skills! Encourage your child to brush in large circles over the teeth and gums.

  1. Reach the insides and chewing surfaces

Cavities often start on the chewing surfaces of the molars, so make sure to brush those areas really well. The inside surfaces along the gum line are popular areas for collecting dental plaque and are easily missed. Small children usually need help accessing these areas.

  1. Aim for 2 minutes.

It can be hard for kids to stand still long enough for brushing! Try to use fun timers or a song to encourage them to stay put long enough for an effective brushing session.

  1. Introduce flossing as early as possible

Age 3 or 4 is a good time to start flossing. Do it for your child for a few years. Most kids can floss on their own by age 8. Flossing is important for removing bacteria that collect between teeth. By beginning flossing as soon as you can, your child will get used to the feeling and start up a healthy habit that combats cavity causing germs.

Consult your dentist for more age-appropriate brushing tips for your kids.

Posted on behalf of:
Mansouri Family Dental Care & Associates
4720 Lower Roswell Rd
Marietta, GA 30068
(770) 973-8222

Jan
26

4 Tips to Help Your Child Enjoy Their Dental Check-Up

It is time for you to take your child to the dentist.  How can you help your child to not be afraid of going to the dentist and actually enjoy going?

Consider these 4 tips to help your child have an enjoyable dental check-up:

  1. Start at a Young Age – The younger you start bringing your child to the dentist, the better.  You will want to bring them in before they have a dental problem so they can have a “fun dental cleaning” and a “fun dental exam” and not have to have their first visit be a scary one where they need a lot of dental work, if possible.  Your child should start going to the dentist around their first birthday.
  2. Be Positive – Try to get your child to be excited about taking care of their teeth.  Talk about how great it feels to have your teeth cleaned!  Tell them how neat it is to “take a ride up and down in the dental chair!”
  3. Give Little Details – Try not to tell your child too much about their upcoming dental visit.  Let them wait and see so they can form their own opinion without your influence.
  4. Avoid Scary Words – Avoid using words like “hurt” or “shot” or “pain” as those kinds of words will scare your child!  Even if you say, “this won’t hurt,” you are still putting the idea in their head that some things hurt at the dentist!

Call your child’s dentist to schedule their dental cleaning and exam.  Try these tips and hopefully your child will enjoy their trip to the dentist!

Posted on behalf of:
Pleasant Plains Dental
5850 W Hwy 74 #135
Indian Trail, NC 28079
(704) 815-5513

Oct
12

How to Choose a New Dentist

Are you new to the area or looking for a new dentist for you and your family? It can be a bit overwhelming when it comes time to find someone that you can trust will be gentle, attentive, and affordable all at the same time. Dental care requires routine maintenance, so skipping trips to the dentist isn’t a great idea. Here are some great tricks for finding the right new dentist for you: 

Ask Your Friends, Co-workers, and Neighbors

Word of mouth is the absolute best way to find a trusted dental provider. Most people are very honest when it comes to their dental experiences, so finding a dentist that several people recommend can be a great indicator as to what type of practice that they run. 

Check Online

Review websites like Yelp! are great resources when it comes to finding new restaurants…so why not a dentist? Using popular search engines is an excellent way to read through a large number of reviews when you’re considering one dentist over another. Just keep in mind that people with bad experiences are much more likely to voice their opinion than those who did not…so take everything with a grain of salt! You might also find the practice’s Facebook webpage to see how many people have “checked-in” or reviewed the business. 

Call the Office

What does the office sound like when you call? Is the receptionist friendly and attentive, or do they seem distracted and too busy to talk? Although the front desk isn’t who sees you once you’re in the dental chair, they’re a great reflection when it comes to the overall mood of the dental office.

Posted on behalf of Find Local Dentists

Sep
25

Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric dentists are dentists who specialize in caring for children’s teeth, gums, and mouth from infancy through the teen years. Without proper dental care, children can be set up for health problems that can last throughout their entire lives. Pediatric dentists are dedicated to starting and maintaining good oral health from the beginning of a child’s life.

Children are not to be seen as “little adults” in the medical world. Peachtree City pediatric dentists understand the elements of examining and treating children in ways that make them comfortable and relaxed. In addition, pediatric dental offices are designed to be kid-friendly and are arranged and decorated in a manner that appeals to young patients.

Pediatric dentists offer infant oral health exams, preventative care, repair of tooth cavities, management of gum diseases, pediatric periodontal disease, and more. With a specialized approach to pediatric dental assessments, pediatric dentists are able to set your child up for lifelong oral success. Also with the specialized approach, pediatric dentists are able to catch serious problems before unwanted damage is done. For instance, if your child is diagnosed with diabetes at a young age, a pediatric dentist will be able to assist you in finding a workable diet and program to manage the toll diabetes can take on oral health.

Pediatric dentists are becoming a popular choice for parents in the United States. Children often times require specialized dental care that a general dentist can not perform. Pediatric dentists understand the nature of a child, the development of a child’s mouth, and are thus qualified to offer specific care.

Posted on behalf of Jason R. Lee DMD, Greencastle Dental

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