Dental Tips Blog

Nov
12

Reasons to Take Your Two-Year-Old to the Dentist

Surviving the “Terrible Twos” is something every parent of a toddler understands. Just getting out the door in the morning without a meltdown is considered a success. While there are a lot of things your two-year-old might not like doing, going to the dentist shouldn’t be one of them. Here are a few reasons why dental visits shouldn’t be skipped at such a young age.

To Talk About Any Habits

Thumb sucking, pacifier use, or sippy cups should all be a think of the past. If they’re still an everyday occurrence, it could alter how your child’s adult teeth erupt (or even their speech.) Your dentist can help you stop the habits early, by sharing what techniques work best. 

Screening for Cavities to Prevent Unwanted Infections Later 

Baby teeth can get decay very quickly. At two years of age, your toddler will be getting their “two year molars.” It’s important to have all the teeth examined so that cavities can be treated when they’re very small. Otherwise it can spread very quickly and possibly even result in a trip to the hospital. 

Getting to Experience the Dental Office in a Positive Light 

Some parents wait to bring their child to the dentist until there’s a problem. When that happens, children associate dental care with pain and discomfort. Instead, it’s better to take a preventive approach and help your child keep their teeth healthy before an issue pops up.

Most pediatricians and kids dentists agree that children should see a dentist by their first birthday. Don’t let the Twos catch up with you! Call your family dentist to schedule a visit.

Posted on behalf of:
Three Creek Dentistry
7236 Muncaster Mill Rd.
Derwood MD 20855
240-256-3258

Sep
22

Parents, Don’t Become Guilty of Dental Neglect!

Like any other loving parent, you hate to see your child suffer. Even so, too many loving parents make the same mistake of concluding their kids’ baby teeth aren’t as important as the permanent ones. This view usually leads to dental neglect.

What Is Dental Neglect?

Willfully overlooking the treatment needs of your child’s teeth and mouth adds up to serious infection. Neglect is learning that your child needs a filling or improved oral hygiene but then doing nothing to help them.

Why Your Child’s Dental Health Matters

Baby teeth seem unimportant since they’re going to fall out. Most children aren’t huge fans of brushing and flossing, anyway. But those first teeth act as placeholders for the adult ones to follow.

Letting baby teeth just rot away can cause your child unnecessary pain and pave the way for more serious problems involving adult teeth.

When Choosing Treatment for Your Child

It’s normal to feel disappointed when you hear your little one needs a costly procedure. But your dentist is neither implying you’re a bad parent nor suggesting unnecessary treatment just to make a profit.

At a dental checkup, your child can be accurately diagnosed with x-rays and other tools. It’s also the best way for you to learn how to prevent oral health problems.

So the best way to avoid dental neglect is through prevention and following a dentist’s recommendations.

Still don’t like the diagnosis you’re hearing? Before ruling out dental treatment for your child, consider getting a second opinion. This way, you can be sure of acting in your child’s best interests!

Get a head start on your child’s oral well-being by contacting a local dentist to schedule a checkup.

Posted on behalf of:
Riverheart Family Dentistry
8618 Mexico Road
O’Fallon, MO 63366
(636) 205-4045

Jan
10

When to Introduce Your Kids to Mouthwash

All parents who care about their kids’ health want to know the best ways to prevent sickness.

Excellent oral hygiene is essential keeping small mouths free of dental disease.

For many adults, keeping their smiles healthy includes the use of a mouthwash. It makes sense to wonder whether a rinse is also a good idea for your child.

Age 12 and Up

Did you ever notice that warning label on a bottle of mouthwash? Most products are recommended for kids age 12 and older. If your child is younger, it’s best to ask your child’s dentist first.

In generally, kids age 6-12 can safely use a rinse with parental supervision, but there are some important things to keep in mind.

Is Your Child Ready?

Of course, there is always the risk of swallowing. Before you give your child the green light to swish-and-spit, you need to make sure that they know how to spit. Practice rinsing with some harmless water before introducing something stronger.

Rinse with Caution

There are different kinds of oral rinses and not just any kind will do. Some are specifically for fighting gum infections while others are high in cavity-fighting fluoride. Fluoride-rich mouthwashes are usually great for kids, but too much too soon can cause excessive mineralization (and stains) inside of their developing teeth.

While age 12 is a loose recommendation, there is no exact point in your kid’s biological development at which they’re ready for mouthwash. Only a dental expert who knows your child personally can safely make the call.

Before you cautiously introduce your child to the healthy benefits of mouthwash, plan a visit with your family dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Dr. C Family Dentistry
13514 E 32nd Ave
Spokane Valley, WA 99216
(509) 591-9317

Jan
5

What to Do When Your Child Eats Toothpaste

Fluoride is extremely safe to use and can help your child stay cavity free, but swallowing large amounts of it (or anything for that matter) is another story.

There’s a lot of scary information on the internet about the harmful and potentially deadly effects of fluoride. It’s no wonder you feel your stomach sink when you one day find your child snacking away at a tube of toothpaste.

What should you do?

When You Catch Your Child Eating Toothpaste

As in any surprise situation, try not to panic. The first step is to determine how much your child actually ate.

Was it just the small amount on brush? That’s usually safe. Toothpaste doesn’t have enough fluoride for such a small amount to cause problems. Kids generally should have only a pea-sized amount on brush. Work with your child to practice spitting after brushing to make sure that he or she doesn’t pick up a habit of regularly swallowing toothpaste.

If it appears that a significant amount was swallowed, then it’s a good idea to give your child something dairy to eat. Calcium in milk binds to fluoride in the stomach and can help prevent gastrointestinal problems (like nausea.)

A small one-time snack of toothpaste shouldn’t cause any serious problems beyond a bit of tummy ache. But to be on the safe side, you can call the Poison Control Center for more direction.

How to Prevent Fluoride Emergencies

Keep those sweet, fruity, fluoride-rich kids’ toothpastes out of reach! Until your child is old enough to take care of their own oral hygiene, monitor how much product they are using.

Contact your child’s dentist for specific recommendations on the safe use of fluoride for healthy tooth development.

Posted on behalf of :
Prime Dental Care
417 Wall St
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 651-8618

Dec
18

What Makes a Pediatric Dentist Different?

As a parent, you might wonder whether your dental office is equipped to address your kids’ dental needs. Or you might see a trip to a pediatric dentist as pointless.

Once you understand just what a pediatric dentist does, you’ll be prepared to make the best decision for your family.

How a Pediatric Dentist Can Make a Difference

Pediatric dentists go through the same basics of dental school like any other dental provider. Some dentists, however, choose to continue their studies in a specific area of focus.

Individuals who choose to learn more about treating children typically do so because they care very much about helping kids get the care they need. These dentists get tons of experience in operating on developing teeth, prescribing medicine for small bodies, and putting worried little minds at ease.

Some kids benefit more from this expertise such as those who:

  • Need complicated treatment
  • Require advanced dental sedation
  • Have special needs
  • Are very anxious about dental care

The Needs of Your Children

As long as your kids don’t need any specialized dental treatment and they tolerate dental visits just fine, then you could let them keep seeing the regular dentist.

It’s usually a lot easier to keep the family together at one practice. You can schedule multiple family members’ appointments for a single day and get everything done in one trip.

But could your child benefit from the specialized care of a pediatric dentist? Contact your regular dentist for an expert opinion. If your kids need more than what your dentist is equipped to provide, then he or she will give you the best recommendations.

Posted on behalf of:
Sweetpea Smiles
15850 Southwest Fwy #400
Sugar Land, TX 77478
(281) 566-6100

Nov
30

How to Prepare Your Child for Their First Dental Visit

It might be hard to say who’s more nervous about your child’s first dental appointment: your child or yourself!

You know that a healthy smile is important to your child’s happiness and wellbeing. Dental care is very important; but if the first experience in a dental office goes wrong, your child could end up avoiding dental treatment for years. This would later cause problems for your child such as financial trouble, pain, lowered confidence, and other health issues.

That being said, how do you get things started off on the right foot?

Use Positive Speech

Kids are likely to base their view of the dentist upon what they hear you say about it. Discuss dental care in a positive tone. Replace negative-sounding phrases like “it won’t hurt” (child will only hear the word “hurt”) with things like “the dentist will count your teeth.”

Make It Fun

Use books, games, cartoons, toys, and songs that deal with tooth topics to give your child an idea of what to expect and help them look forward to experiencing the dental office for themselves. Set up fun “practice” appointments at home. A toothbrush and a flashlight are all you need to play dentist!

Trust The Dental Team

If your child is still anxious, there’s no need for you to be embarrassed or overly concerned. An empathetic and experienced dental team will work with you to help relax your child, engage their curiosity, and make them feel secure.

Investing in your child’s dental health is like investing in their college fund. A better future starts today. Make the first dental visit a positive one to pave the way to a beautiful smile for life!

Posted on behalf of:
Family First Dental
419 N Yelm St
Kennewick, WA 99336
(509) 783-1000

Nov
27

3 Reasons Why Baby Teeth Are So Important

A lot of well-intentioned parents are unsure of why they should bother treating their child’s baby teeth. They’re going to fall out soon anyway, right?

Yes, baby teeth are temporary. But they can’t just fall out anytime. Parents have the responsibility to make sure that baby teeth are kept clean and healthy as long as they’re in the mouth.

  1. Baby Teeth Promote Healthy Function

If his or her teeth are missing, how can your son or daughter enjoy eating their favorite foods? Teeth are also essential to language development. Painful teeth can distract your child from important learning activities and fun times with friends.

Temporary though they may be, baby teeth are essential for kids to have a happy childhood.

  1. Baby Teeth Are Placeholders

Baby teeth aren’t replaced all at one time. It’s a gradual process. As one tooth is lost, another eventually moves in to fill in the empty space. When the first set of teeth is lost too early, the adult teeth will probably grow in crooked, tipping in whichever direction they please. It’s ideal to lose a baby tooth because an adult tooth is nudging it out rather than to lose it to tooth decay.

  1. Baby Teeth Help in Jaw Development

When kids lose their baby teeth too soon, the empty gaps can affect the way the rest of the jaw bones and muscles develop. This is a pretty big deal. Not only could the adult teeth need braces one day, but the child could have trouble speaking.

Worried about your child’s baby teeth? Your dentist will let you know everything you can possibly do to help.

Posted on behalf of:
Hudson Oaks Family Dentistry
200 S Oakridge Dr #106
Hudson Oaks, TX 76087
(817) 857-6790

Sep
20

3 Ways to Help Your Children Feel Good About Their Smiles!

You were probably thrilled beyond words the first time your baby smiled!

As children grow, their needs and interests change rapidly. One thing that doesn’t change is how much you still want to see them smile.

As you read the following four tips, think about what you can do to give your kid a smile he or she can be proud of!

  1. A Healthy Smile Fueled By a Healthy Diet

With the proper energy and nutrients, your kid will be powered to stay active and keep learning. Good health is a reason to smile! Give your kids healthy snack and meal options to choose from. Offer fresh fruits and veggies over junk food, whole grains over processed ones, and water over soda.

  1. Brighten Teeth and Freshen Breath

Brushing and flossing don’t just keep cavities at bay – these activities will also keep your child’s smile white and fresh. Your child could feel shy and self-conscious about smiling if other kids say they have bad breath or stained teeth. Excellent oral hygiene prevents this!

  1. Keep the Smile Healthy

Regular dental visits are essential to keeping anyone’s smile healthy. At each visit, your child will learn about how they can do their part to prevent dental problems. Regular dental examinations allow your dentist to take care of any problems that come up before they get any bigger.

A strong, beautiful, and frequent smile is one of the best gifts you could give your kids. Bring the entire family to your local dental office for regular checkups. This way, you can make sure everyone has a reason to stay smiley!

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd #203
Atlanta, GA 30309
(678) 666-3642

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

Aug
10

Your Child’s First Filling

You might have felt your stomach sink in dread when you learned that your little son or daughter has a cavity. But you should know that this is a very common event.

What can you expect? And how can you prepare your child for treatment?

Kids and Cavities

Baby teeth are thinner than adult teeth. This makes them prone to developing cavities. Diet plays a role in your child’s cavity risk. A diet high in acids, sugars, and other carbohydrates will weaken tooth enamel. Young children tend to have a hard time brushing well and avoiding their favorite junk foods! Cavities happen.

Fortunately, some cavities don’t show up until that tooth is ready to fall out. But if the cavity is in an adult tooth or a baby tooth that has many months left, a filling will be necessary.

Your Attitude Makes a Difference!

If you are nervous about the filling appointment, then your child will become unduly more nervous, as well. Treat the appointment as you would any other routine visit and your kid will see that it’s nothing to be afraid of. If you feel that your child will benefit from sedation or specialized pediatric dental care, then that can be arranged.

Be honest and calm in explaining the process to your child. Encourage them to ask questions. Help them to appreciate that this is a good thing that will help their smile stay strong and healthy.

Preventing Tooth Decay

Your dentist will probably recommend preventive treatments such as fluoride and sealants to avoid cavities in the future. Continue to work with your child on improving their oral hygiene routine, and a dental filling will be a rare occasion!

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

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