Tips for Keeping Your Child’s Teeth Healthy During Flu Season

Tips for Keeping Your Child’s Teeth Healthy During Flu Season

Flu season is here, bringing with it coughing, sniffling, aches and pains. As a parent, you want to do everything you can to make sure your child stays healthy. But did you know that having a cold or the flu could actually hurt your little one’s pearly whites?

At our office, our professional team is committed to pediatric oral health, and wants to play an active role helping your child maintain a healthy set of teeth at every developmental stage. Here are five tips to help protect your child’s teeth, especially during flu season:

1. Encourage good brushing habits: Make sure your child understands that cleaning their teeth is essential, no matter how bad they’re feeling. Make sure they spend at least two full minutes brushing every morning and every night.

2. Make sure they drink: When your son or daughter is sick, they need to drink plenty of fluids to help fight the infection. If your child can’t breathe through their nose properly, dry mouth could develop, a condition where the mouth doesn’t have enough saliva. This increases the risk for cavities and gum infections.

3. Toss out the old toothbrush: As soon as your little one starts feeling better, replace their toothbrush. Using an old one later when they’re well could re-infect them down the road.

4. Make sure they gargle with saltwater: Dissolve a tablespoon of salt in an eight-ounce glass of water. Have your child gargle and spit until the solution is gone. This helps reduce the number of harmful bacteria in the mouth and throat, and cuts down on the effects of bad breath and dental plaque.

At our office, we offer the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care for your child’s dental needs. For more information about the services we provide, give us a call today.

Caring for Your Child’s Smile

Caring for Your Child’s Smile

All parents want the best for their children. By partnering with a children’s dentist our office, you can help ensure your kids enjoy the benefits of optimal oral health and a beautiful smile.

Once the baby teeth start to appear, it is time to start taking care of your child’s smile. When periodic checkups begin at an early age and continue as recommended, a pediatric dentist can follow a child’s dental growth and development and effectively treat any emerging issues to maintain optimal dental health.

Why Routine Dental Care Matters                                                                      It’s important to keep in mind that routine checkups in conjunction with early instruction in the fundamentals of proper oral hygiene and a nutritious diet that is low in sweets benefit more than just the health of your child’s smile These steps also support your kid’s overall well-being! Moreover, effective dental routines established when your child is young provide a strong foundation for maintaining a lifetime of good oral health.

While tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease, it is also highly preventable. For this reason, a comprehensive program of routine preventive care is essential. To provide an added level of protection against the development of cavities, our office may also recommend periodic fluoride therapy and the application of dental sealants as indicated to strengthen and shield the teeth. Both procedures have been demonstrated to significantly reduce a child’s risk of tooth decay

Protection As Your Child Grows                                                                                              In addition to the detection and treatment of cavities, by monitoring your child’s ongoing oral health and development, any significant changes in diet, the emergence of harmful oral habits, unfavorable jaw growth, poorly aligned teeth, or oral trauma that can rapidly alter the function and health of a young smile can be detected and addressed as required. And, because accidents while playing sports account for a high percentage of dental injuries in school-age children, it’s is a good idea to inform our office of the sports activities your child will be joining throughout the year. In this way, a custom mouthguard to protect your child’s smile can be fabricated.

At our office, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. For more information on our office and the many services that we provide, give us a call today.

Pediatric Dental Care

Pediatric Dental Care

At our office, our world revolves around your child’s smile! As providers of pediatric dental care, we’re trained to address the unique oral care and emotional needs of children from infancy through adolescence. Armed with a comprehensive knowledge of the growth and development of young smiles, we are well equipped to help your child establish a strong foundation for a lifetime of oral health. Whether your kids are ready for their back to school checkup, require emergency care, have anxiety or special needs that make it more difficult to sit for care, or experience dental anxiety, our friendly and compassionate team provides gentle, skilled, and compassionate care. New patients are always welcome to our child-friendly facility, your resource for the best in pediatric dentistry.

Did you know that dental decay is the leading chronic childhood illness in the United States? We emphasize the importance of preventive dental care for patients at all ages, from infancy through adolescence. As soon as the first baby teeth emerge, we recommend bringing your child in for an oral exam. By monitoring dental development, jaw growth, and alignment of your child’s teeth, we can help your child enjoy optimal oral health. Since an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, we offer children added levels of protection against tooth decay with essential treatments such as dental sealants to shield vulnerable areas of their newly erupted permanent molars and pre-molars as well as periodic fluoride therapy to strengthen the developing dental enamel. If your child experiences anxiety when it comes to visiting the dentist, don’t worry! Our compassionate staff is sensitive to the unique emotional needs of children and treats them with the highest degree of warmth and compassion. We also offer options in dental sedation for especially apprehensive patients.

At our office, we’re dedicated to providing the highest level of skilled and compassionate care. For more information on our practice and the many services we provide, give our office a call today.

Healthy Teeth

What to Eat for Healthy Teeth

What your child eats has a direct impact on the health of his mouth. That’s why serving balanced meals are one the best ways you can contribute to good oral health. Brushing and flossing help keep teeth and gums healthy and strong, but a balanced diet will help to boost the body’s immune system, leaving your child less vulnerable to oral disease.

At our office, our professional team is committed to pediatric oral health, and wants to play an active role helping your child protect and maintain a healthy set of teeth at every developmental stage.

Eating starchy foods such as crackers, bread, cookies, and candy cause the bacteria in the mouth to feed on it. They then produce acids that attack the teeth for up to 20 minutes or more. Foods that stick to the teeth or are slow to dissolve (such as granola bars and hard candy), and starchy foods (such as potato chips and breads) give the acids more time to work on destroying tooth enamel.

According to the American Dental Association, tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease, but it’s completely preventable by incorporating good brushing and glossing habits, in addition to eating a diet of teeth-friendly foods:

Cheese and yogurt: Studies show that these foods lower the risk of tooth decay. They also contain calcium and protein — nutrients that strengthen tooth enamel.

Leafy greens: Leafy greens, such as kale and spinach, also promote oral health. They’re high in calcium, which builds tooth enamel.

Fruits: Apples in particular might be sweet, but they’re also high in fiber and water. The action of eating an apple produces saliva in the mouth, which rinses away bacteria and food particles.

Carrots and celery: Like apples, carrots and celery are crunchy and full of fiber, increasing saliva production in the mouth, and scraping food particles and bacteria away from the teeth.

Almonds: These nuts are a good source of calcium and protein while being low in sugar.

Committed to your child’s oral health:

At our office, we offer the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care for your child’s dental needs. For more information about the services we provide, give us a call today.

Mouthguards Help Protect Your Child’s Teeth From Injury

Mouthguards Help Protect Your Child’s Teeth From Injury

Kids will be kids…and that means they’re active, always on the go and prone to accidents as well. Mouthguards can help protect your child from a dental emergency and should be worn whenever your child is participating in sports and recreational activities.

At our office, our professional team is committed to pediatric oral health, and wants to play an active role helping your child protect and maintain a healthy set of teeth at every developmental stage.

Mouthguards help cushion a blow to the face, minimizing the risk of broken teeth and injuries to the lips, tongue, face or jaw. They also protect the soft tissues of the tongue, lips and cheek lining. For these reasons, mouthguards are an essential piece of athletic gear. After a consultation at our office, our experienced and friendly dental professionals recommend the type of mouthguard that’s best for your child. There are three general types:

  • Custom-fitted: Custom made for your child’s mouth by our office to ensure the best possible fit.
  • Stock: A more affordable option than custom-fitted, stock mouthguards are pre-formed, ready to wear, but often don’t offer the same fit and level of comfort as a custom mouthguard.
  • Boil and bite: These mouth protectors can be bought at many sporting goods stores and drugstores. They are first softened in boiling water, then inserted and allowed to adapt to the shape of your mouth.

We recommend mouthguards that are custom made in order to give your child the best level of protection against teeth injury. A properly fitted mouthguard is especially important for children who wear braces. A blow to the face could damage the brackets or other fixed orthodontic appliances and increase the risk of soft tissue injuries.

Committed to your child’s oral health:

At our office, we offer the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care for your child’s dental needs. For more information about the services we provide, give us a call today.

Dental Exam

At the office of Kids N More Dentist, we emphasize a preventive approach to dental care. By making dental visits engaging and positive experiences, we aim to help your child maintain a lifetime of healthy, beautiful smiles.

At every checkup visit, we perform a thorough examination to assess the health of the teeth and all of the tissues in and around the oral cavity. We also provide you and your child with information and guidance on the best techniques as well as the right lifestyle and dietary choices to help ensure healthy teeth and gums. Your children will enjoy trips to our office.  Our compassionate and experienced dental team is sensitive to the unique needs of children and knows just how to make them feel completely at ease in the dental chair.

You can rest assured that your child’s smile is in the best of hands at our office. In addition to our extensive knowledge in all facets of pediatric dentistry, we also use the most advanced technology and treatment methods to ensure your child is receiving the highest quality of care. As part of our comprehensive program of preventive care, we often recommend the placement of dental sealants. Clear, protective coatings painted on the biting surfaces of your child’s newly erupted permanent back molars, dental sealants create a shield that prevents plaque and food debris from accumulating in the deep grooves of these teeth. For additional protection against dental decay, we also recommend periodic fluoride treatments, which have been proven to strengthen dental enamel and reduce a child’s risk of cavities

At every checkup visit, we assess your child’s dental and facial development. We want to make sure that your child’s teeth are coming in correctly and that the jaws are properly aligned and in functional harmony. Our goal is to help every child enjoy the benefits of a healthy and beautiful smile.

At the office of Kids N More Dentist, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. For more information on our office and the many services that we provide, give us a call today.

Tooth Brushing!

Putting the Fun in Tooth Brushing!

More the fun it is, the more likely they are to do it. Children can find brushing their teeth a chore, but by using some creative techniques, you may find they just might be more willing to brush. At our office, our caring professionals are committed to the oral health of your child. Here are some ways we recommend to make dental hygiene fun:

1. Ready, set, go!  Good dental hygiene starts with brushing teeth twice a day for at least two minutes each time — something that can be a challenge for active kids. Use a cute hourglass to help them keep time as the sand runs out.

2. Take your pick: Have your child choose his toothbrush. Today, there is an assortment of kiddy toothbrushes — from familiar cartoon characters to those in the shape of animals like penguins or cats. Remember to opt for age-appropriate tools, such as toddler toothbrushes, flossers without sharp edges, and power toothbrushes, and make sure the toothbrush has soft bristles and a head that fits well in the child’s mouth.

3. Be a role model: Young children like to imitate their parents, so show them the right way to clean as you brush along with them. Parents should also assist their young children in flossing and brushing their teeth thoroughly to remove food debris from hard-to-clean areas.

4. Incorporate brushing into playtime:  Find a spare toothbrush and encourage your child to brush their stuffed animal’s teeth, or their baby doll’s teeth. Read books about teeth and oral hygiene. Role play and let your child brush your teeth. The more they see the behavior modeled in everyday life, the more they will want to do it.

Committed to your child’s oral health:

At our office, we offer the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care for your child’s dental needs. For more information about the services we provide, give us a call today.

Understanding Your Child’s Teeth Grinding Behavior

Did you ever wonder what that strange grinding sound is that you hear at night or occasionally during the day? Chances are it’s teeth grinding. Bruxism, or the grinding of teeth, is quite common in children and most prevalent during sleep. But the condition can lead to a wide range of dental problems, depending on the frequency of the behavior, the intensity of the grinding, and its underlying causes.

At the office of Kids N More Dentist, our professional team is committed to pediatric oral health, and wants to play an active role helping your child maintain a healthy set of teeth at every developmental stage.

A wide range of psychological and physiological factors may lead children to bruxism including jaw misalignment, stress, and traumatic brain injury. The condition can also occur as a side effect of certain medications. Oftentimes, certain symptoms can provide clues as to whether or not teeth grinding is having adverse effects — such as frequent headache and/or ear complaints, injured teeth and gums, complaints about painful jaw muscles, and unusual tooth sensitivity. There may be an excessive wear pattern on the teeth or chipped teeth. In extreme cases, frequent, harsh grinding can lead to the early onset of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ).

Different treatments for different causes

Most cases of grinding diminish as your child matures. However, your pediatric dentist will continually monitor its effect on your child’s teeth and may provide an interventional strategy depending on the cause of the grinding.

In cases where young teeth are sustaining significant damage, a specialized nighttime dental appliance (such as a nighttime mouth guard) that stops the teeth from grinding against each other may be recommended. If the condition seems to be exacerbated by stress, your child may benefit from relaxation classes, professional therapy, or special exercises.

Committed to your child’s oral health:

At the office of Kids N More Dentist, we offer the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care for your child’s dental needs. For more information about the services we provide, give us a call today.

kids cavities

Help Protect Your Child from Developing Cavities

Kids love their sweets but there’s often a price to pay for eating too much of them — cavities — bringing oral pain and sensitivity that requires a trip to the dentist. Left untreated, cavities can progress to cause further complications to your child’s oral health down the road. That’s why regular preventive visits to our office will help keep your child’s teeth healthy and cavity-free throughout his or her life.

Simply put, a cavity is tooth decay and its primary cause is plaque, a sticky film that gathers in the mouth, harboring harmful bacteria. The bacteria in plaque digest the sugar to produce acids, which eat away at tooth enamel and cause cavities to form. To help avoid developing cavities, it is important for your child to brush daily, limit his or her intake of sweets, and visit our office for regular checkups.

Your child should see a dentist by his or her first birthday according to recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Association (AAPD). If you wait until your child is older, decay can be well underway. In fact, 28 percent of 2-to 5-year-olds have cavities in their primary teeth, according to The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. 

During a checkup, we can thoroughly remove any plaque buildup that may have missed while brushing, fill any cavities, and assess the overall condition of your child’s teeth. For our youngest patients, we make visits informative and engaging, and provide extra protection against cavities with dental sealants and fluoride treatments.

A healthy mouth makes for a happy child

At our office, we enjoy getting to know each patient and providing your family with the highest level of quality care. For more information on the services we provide, or to schedule an appointment, give us a call today.

The Importance of Routine Dental Checkups and Care

Do you worry that your children might get upset at the prospect of going to the dentist? Does the prospect of dealing with unenthusiastic little ones fill you with dread when it comes time for their dental visit?  If this is the case, it is time to consider a dental office that specializes in pediatric dental care. At the office of Kids N More Dentist, we specialize in making your child’s dental experience a positive one. That is why, from infancy to adolescence, our office is the top choice of so many parents looking for a skilled and compassionate pediatric dentist.

You can rest assured that your child’s smile is in the best of hands at our office. We offer a full range of dental services for children of all ages. We also emphasize the importance of preventive care and help your child establish an excellent oral hygiene routine at an early age. By giving them the skills they need to maintain their smiles, they can enjoy good oral health for a lifetime.

 According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, babies should be seen by the dentist around age one and for every six months after that first visit. In this way your baby will become accustom to sitting in the dental chair. It will also allow the dentist to follow the growth and development of your little one’s teeth and jaws. Our office will advise you on the proper methods of keeping your baby’s teeth clean and discuss which dietary items and habits can cause dental problems. At each checkup visit the health of their teeth; gums, and the surrounding areas in the head and neck will be evaluated.    

 As your child’s pediatric dentist, we stress the prevention of dental disease. Children in particular are fond of sweets and frequently do not brush their teeth as thoroughly as possible. That is why additional steps to protect their teeth, like fluoride treatments and dental sealants are so important. The periodic application of fluoride treatments strengthens their dental enamel and encourages the re-mineralization of tiny defects before they develop into larger cavities. Once they get their permanent back teeth, dental sealants are placed on the biting surfaces as a hard protective coating to keep out harmful plaque, bacteria and particles that can lead to dental decay.

If you’re looking for a warm, compassionate dentist that caters to the needs of your children and their growing smiles, look no further than the office of Kids N More Dentist. We look forward to welcoming your family into ours.