Posts for: July, 2017
As a family dentist, we enjoy treating young children. We believe that by helping children to develop good oral health while they are young, we can foster good habits that will remain in place as they age. Still, we understand that the idea of visiting a dentist can be intimidating for many children.
Thus, it takes a team approach between our office and parents to help children become comfortable with the general process. Here are some ways that parents can help children to be comfortable visiting the dentist.
#1. Bring them by for a visit
A child does not need to wait for the official appointment time to visit the dentist office. Bring them by and our staff would be happy to give them a tour. Having the initial exposure to the office without being in the dental chair can make it easier when the actual appointment time occurs.
Children are naturally more comfortable with things they are familiar with so this additional 15 minutes can make a huge difference in their overall reaction and impression.
#2. Talk about what will happen
Children do best when they feel prepared for what is going to happen. Talk about what it is like to visit the family dentist. Explain how a dentist will count their teeth and polish them for a beautiful smile.
Talk about how a dentist is friendly and a nice person that is there to assist them - we are excited to meet your child and our goal is to make this a wonderful experience for them!
#3. Read books and watch cartoons
PBS has done an excellent job of tackling issues like oral and physical health in their many television shows. Sesame Street, The Berenstein Bears, etc., all have cartoons and books out about visiting the dentist. Pick them up at the library or even find them on YouTube.
Playing the videos for a child and reading books to them will create a sense of familiarity with the dentist. Since these are characters they are used to, knowing that these cartoon characters also visit a family dentist may make them more excited to do so themselves.
#4. Play pretend
Children learn a lot through play. Pretend that they are the dentist and you are the patient and then reverse rules. Give each other a dental exam and pretend to see what is happening with the mouth by shining a flashlight or even using a toothbrush. This allows a child to work out some of their fears and anxieties.
Children will also be able to receive answers to questions in a non-intimidating fashion. This also works by cleaning a stuffed animal's teeth or using a doll in the make-believe game. That same animal or doll can then go with them to their actual appointment.
#5. Use rewards
Tell a child that if they do well at their appointment to the family dentist office they will go to the park afterward or do something special with them. Rewards are good incentives and they give a child something to look forward to so that they are thinking about the fun activity rather than the actual appointment.
For more tips or to schedule an appointment, call our family dentist office today.
When you bring your child to our pediatric dentist office we can help with a variety of oral health and development topics. We focus on caring for children and, as such, we provide all the dental services that one typically needs in order to restore and remain in good oral health. Each child is different and so, we can create a customized treatment plan for the current health problems that they are facing. This may include a variety of solutions. As part of our preventative focus, we put a high priority on ensuring that your child's teeth are properly cleaned and we work to prevent decay and infections from forming.
This may include a variety of solutions. However, if there is no immediate threat to the child's oral health, we will still continue to clean their teeth and work to prevent decay and infections from forming. The services we offer in our pediatric dentist office include:
#1. Teeth cleaning
It is wise for a child and an adult to visit the dentist twice a year for teeth cleanings. It is difficult to remove all of the plaque and tartar at home. Even careful brushing can still lead to the buildup of plaque between teeth. We remove plaque on a regular basis. Doing so will reduce the likelihood of a child developing a cavity or gum disease.
#2. Dental sealants
A child is at risk of getting cavities when the ridges on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth are deep. We use a white material that we brush. We use a clear plastic-like substance and place it onto the surface of the teeth. This substance prevents the ridges from trapping food when the child eats.
Dental sealants also prevent the buildup of plaque in those areas. As such, dental sealants greatly reduce the likelihood of developing a cavity.
#3. Tooth-colored fillings
When a child gets a cavity, it is critical to remove the area of decay and then fill the tooth. We offer tooth colored fillings as a way to restore the health and structure of a tooth without it being noticeable. This is ideal for children since tooth-colored fillings are not obvious or very noticeable. The tooth-colored fillings blend in so well that most people cannot remember which teeth they ever had a filling in.
As a pediatric dentist, we understand that children are likely to damage their teeth at some point. This can happen as a child falls on the playground, is playing a little too rough with friends or even bites on something that is too hard for their teeth. The result can be a cracked or chipped tooth that requires a dental restoration.
We have multiple ways of restoring teeth but one of the most common is dental bonding. In this scenario, we apply bonding material to the tooth, shape it into place and let it harden. It will blend in completely and this is a fast and non-invasive procedure so children typically do not mind it. We also offer dental crowns.
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These are just a few of the services that we offer in our pediatric dentist office. To learn more about how we can help your child, call and schedule an appointment today.