Dental Tips Blog

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

Aug
9

Toothpaste Safety for Kids

“Call Poison Control if more than is used for brushing is swallowed.”

What should you know about toothpaste to keep your child’s smile and body healthy?

What’s the Risk?

Fluoride in high concentrations can adversely affect tooth enamel. Too much of it at once can cause stomach problems such as vomiting. Like other minerals, it does have the potential to be toxic if too much is ingested at once.

The small bodies of kids don’t need much fluoride to feel the effects. That’s why it’s so important to pay attention to how much children are exposed to.

Kid-Friendly Toothpastes

Adult toothpastes contain the proper amount of fluoride to keep teeth strong. But that amount could be too much for a little body and a mouth that has trouble spitting out the toothpaste.

Until your child has mastered the habit of spitting after brushing, give them fluoride-free “training toothpaste.” This way, there won’t be any risk of them getting sick from swallowing too much of it.

If Toothpaste is Swallowed

Don’t panic! First of all, try to determine how much was actually eaten. If it seems more than a pea-sized amount (that’s all that’s needed for brushing!) was swallowed, then call Poison Control. A calcium-rich snack is often recommended to bind the fluoride in the tummy. A one-time incident should not affect your child’s tooth development.

Toothpaste is relatively harmless, but it should be treated like any other medicine or vitamin. Keep it out of the kiddos’ reach and strictly monitor how much they use when brushing.

Schedule a visit to your local dental office for more advice. Fluoride is essential for tooth health, so introduce fluoride toothpaste as soon as your dentist feels your child is ready.

Posted on behalf of:
Group Health Dental
230 W 41st St
New York, NY 10036
(212) 398-9690

Aug
1

Should My Child See a Pediatric Dentist?

You’re probably wondering whether it’s necessary to take your kids to a separate dental practice than the one you go to. Going to a pediatric dentist might even mean that you have to make the effort to travel farther out of your way for treatment.

Can you justify visiting a pediatric dentist?

What you need to consider is your child’s unique needs and what a pediatric dentist can offer to meet those needs.

What Makes Pediatric Dentists Different?

Pediatric dentists receive an additional two or more years of schooling after receiving their dental degree. They get extra training in areas like child psychology. This prepares them for interacting with and treating young patients.

A pediatric dental practice is equipped tools and technology designed to make treatment as comfortable as possible. Toys, games, movies, and other appealing distractions can make even routine cleanings a whole lot more interesting. Fun office themes like ocean life or safari will fascinate kids, keeping their minds off the reason for their visit!

What Your Child Needs

Most kids do just fine when they see the same dentist that mom or dad does. It’s certainly more convenient to keep the whole family in one practice.

When might you need to consider a specialist in pediatrics?

Most general dental practices are not equipped to treat very small children. Pediatric offices know how to help kids relax and specialize in child-safe anesthetic and sedative techniques.

If your child has special needs, then he or she will be well cared-for in a pediatric practice where the staff has extensive training and experience in meeting those needs.

Ask your dentist for a professional opinion on which dental provider can best care for your child’s needs.

Posted on behalf of:
Dr. Azin Pediatric Dentistry
387 E Main St. #105
Bay Shore, NY 11706
(631) 894-4662

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