Did you know baby teeth can get cavities too? Your baby’s first visit to the dentist should be as soon as their first teeth appear, usually between 6-12 months. Bring your child in before their third birthday and their first visit is completely FREE!
Loose Teeth and the Tooth Fairy
Did you know, children usually lose their teeth between 6 and 13 years of age as they are pushed out by the adult teeth emerging underneath?
Losing teeth is an exciting part of childhood and can also be a great opportunity to talk about oral health with your child. Maybe the tooth fairy needs healthy teeth for her pearly white castle? Remember everyone should floss and brush twice a day, after breakfast and before bedtime, for at least two minutes each time.
There are so many great ideas for how to make the tooth fairy real for your child, from tiny handwritten notes covered in sparkles, to tooth fairy-sized bookshelf doors, the possibilities are endless.
Getting to the Root of Child Anxiety
Did you know parental anxiety is one of the biggest contributing factors in anxiety in children? Going to the dentist can be a scary thing, even for children who have been coming to the dentist since infancy. All of our dental staff have special training in helping anxious children feel secure and have tools and treats for during and after the dental appointment to help kids feel comfortable.
However, studies have shown that one of the best predictors of how a child will react to the dental chair is the parent’s level of anxiety. A parent who reacts to a needle by grabbing their child’s hand may be inadvertently sending the message that something bad is about to happen, while a parent who remains calm and talks happily and consistently to the child throughout the appointment, sends the message that there is nothing to be scared of. Taking the time to visit our website and talk to the dental staff prior to the visit, can help you know what to expect so you exude confidence and help keep your child smiling throughout the appointment!
What are Sealants?
Did you know sealants can help protect your child’s teeth during their most cavity-prone years? Teeth are shaped with grooves and pitted surfaces that can sometimes be too deep to access with brushing alone. Sealants coat these teeth with a protective barrier that “seals out” food and bacteria so they don’t get down into the pitted surfaces and cause decay. Most dental insurance companies cover this procedure, but remember, sealants only help reduce the risk of cavities in these deep fissures, you will still need to brush and floss to keep the rest of your tooth happy and healthy!