Oral Health Care
Our approach involves the parent as well as the child. With a solid educational framework on proper oral health care, your child will have the foundation necessary to maintain healthy teeth and gums well into adulthood. Our unique praise, modeling, and behavioral management techniques ensures that dental visits will be fun for your child.
Brushing after every meal—or at least twice a day—helps to remove the food and bacteria that can cause cavities. Coach your child to gently brush all teeth and gums with a circular motion for two to three minutes. The brush should be held so that the bristles are at a forty-five-degree angle toward the gum line. You should help your child brush until they are at least six years old.
Floss reaches between the teeth where the bristles of a toothbrush can’t go. When any two of your child’s teeth start touching each other, that’s when it’s time to start flossing every day to prevent cavities. You’ll want to help your child floss until they’re about seven years old. That’s when they should be ready to start flossing on their own.
Certain foods can encourage cavities, like peanut butter, caramel, and other foods that might stick to your child’s teeth. Bacteria love those sugars and carbs, so also watch for crackers, cookies, and other breads. You don’t have to stop giving your child tasty snacks; just be sure they brush really well afterward. You can also encourage snacks that won’t feed the bacteria as much, such as fruit, vegetables, cheese, and yogurt.
When your child comes to see us on a regular basis, we can detect small problems and solve them before they become big issues. Don’t worry that your child won’t want to visit us. We make every check-up fun, so there’s nothing to be anxious about.
This nutrient helps your child fight cavities all day long, if it’s used properly. By attaching itself to the tooth enamel, fluoride makes it stronger and resistant to cavities. Your child probably already gets fluoride through the toothpaste they use and the water they drink. If we think they need more, we can apply fluoride or help you find fluoride supplements.
Fear of the Dentist
Dental anxiety is absolutely normal, but it doesn’t have to be! We have special training to help children feel more secure during their dental visit. That goes a long way toward easing the anxiety they feel every time a check-up is due.
We use a lot of different methods to make children more at ease with dental treatment, including "tell, show, do." For instance, we first show the instrument to your child, demonstrate how we use it, and explain the process in kid-friendly terms so they can see there is nothing to fear. We might ask you, the parent, to join in on the fun with a little demonstration, too. Know what else works really well? Praise. We give sincere praise when children are brave.
We welcome parents and caregivers in the treatment areas. We have found that babies and toddlers do better and feel more secure when parents are around. When your child gets older, however, they may prefer their independence or do better if you stay in the reception area. You know your child best, and we are always interested in your thoughts on what may make your child most comfortable.
We understand some children are either too young or simply too anxious for more extensive dental treatment. We do offer nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, or hospital dentistry for these situations. Our goal is to help your children have the best possible experience and want to return to the dentist.
We’ll always talk to you about the best plan for your child’s needs.