Kids Dental Care

Don’t deprive your loved ones of top-notch dental care. If you have kids, staying on top of their dental efforts is pivotal to extending the longevity of their smile. So don’t waste another second in uncertainty. Decide today to take control by contacting Kids N More Dentist and meet with our children’s dentist. Once you’ve visited, you’ll wonder why you didn’t sooner.

The thought might cross your mind, “Wait a millisecond. Why does my child need to regularly visit a dental professional? They hardly miss a day of brushing and flossing.” While that’s likely the case, what they do at home only wins about 50% of the dental hygiene battle. Of course, that doesn’t mean they should let up. But it does mean you should do your due parental diligence by taking them to a professional early and often. Regular visits helps kids stay on top of their dental health. Plus, cleanings are able to eradicate those sneaky food particles that wedge into hard-to-reach crevices and corners of the mouth. Doing so goes a long way toward preventing gum disease, as leftover particles eventually become plaque & tartar which are bacterial havens that launch and onslaught on both teeth and gums. So don’t let it ever get to that point. Complete the other half of your child’s oral hygiene routine by swinging them over to [[BUSINESS-NAME]] and meet with our top-notch children’s dentist.

Sound good? Our patients certainly think so. Now all you have to do is make magic happen by picking up that magic electronic wand called a phone, punching some numbers, and speak to our staff at Kids N More Dentist to promptly schedule an appointment. Is that all there is to it? Yup. So go ahead and make the decision today and see our children’s dentist.

Back To School Checkups

As every parent knows, getting ready for the start of a new school year can be a very hectic time. For this reason, it’s best todo some back to school planning so to help your child start off on the right foot. This not only means getting the right school supplies, but it also involves making sure your child is in the best of health. One key to avoiding setbacks during the academic year is to make sure your child’s smile is in tip-top shape! At the office of Kids N More Dentist we specialize in addressing the dental needs of children as well as helping them establish a strong foundation for a lifetime of optimal oral health.

According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease. Five times more common in children than asthma, the statistics on childhood dental caries are eye opening. The truth is that over 50 percent of 5 to 9 year old children have at least one cavity or filling, with that number increasing to 78 percent among 17-year-olds. Additionally, more than 51 million school hours are lost each year to dental-related illness. It’s because of these statistics, along with the fact that good oral health is so essential to a child’s overall well-being that many states mandate periodic dental checkups as a condition of school entry.

While these numbers are high, there is good news.  Helping your child prevent cavities is as simple as making an appointment for a routine dental exam at our office. As prevalent as tooth decay may be, it’s important to recognize that cavities are highly preventable and can be easily treated before any larger problems develop.

Back to school checkups at our office are more than an opportunity assess the overall health, development, and alignment of your child’s smile, we’ll also provide a thorough dental cleaning and age appropriate instruction in the best oral hygiene routines along with helpful nutritional guidance and information on other important preventive measures that can be taken.

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.

Start Your Child on a Positive Note

All of us have heard about or experienced in-person the day that small children are sitting in professional stylists’ chairs awaiting their first haircut. Some of the kids are fine with it, while others are apprehensive. The same holds true for a child’s initial visit to a dentist. 

It’s natural for children to feel some trepidation about their first dental visit. The pedodontists at the office of Kids N More Dentist totally understand and appreciate that children may experience pre-treatment stress. Our dentists and the rest of our staff offer them gentle understanding and patience. Our soothing manner helps assuage their concerns so they can develop a positive attitude about getting dental care. 

We encourage our patients not to be shy about discussing their feelings with us. We listen to what they have to say so they know that their emotions have been acknowledged. 

Many dental professionals advise that children’s first appointments should take place shortly after they’ve reached age 1, which is when some of their baby teeth have erupted. And by all means, all children should have already seen a dentist by the time they’ve reached 2-and-a-half. After that, it’s important that they keep up with regular checkups. 

Children who start seeing a pedodontist as toddlers is a great investment in their future in that they will see dental visits in a positive light for the rest of their lives. They’ll also understand at an early age about the importance of good oral health, thus not developing dental care avoidance, which can easily bring on the need for serious treatments. 

The staff at the office of Kids N More Dentist are committed to treating our patients with empathy, patience and a wide spectrum of proficiency and expertise. We pride ourselves on our never-ending ability to fulfill our mission to provide superior patient care. Please contact us today to schedule your child’s appointment!

Simple Solutions for Your Teething Toddler

Are you looking for an experienced children’s dentist? You’ve come to the right place! At Kids N More Dentist, our highly skilled team is current with the foremost research, technology and techniques, and welcomes the opportunity to provide you and your little ones with the state-of-the-art dental care you each deserve. Providing a comprehensive range of general, family, and cosmetic dentistry services, our office is your premier resource for the highest quality preventive, emergency dentistry services for your smile. Welcoming patients of all ages to our warm and well-appointed office, we invite every member of your family to experience our skilled and attentive care.

When it comes to dental care for your children, just the right balance of fun, enthusiasm, and education can truly make all the difference. As your children’s dentist, we strive to provide your kids with the essential techniques and information necessary to establish and maintain a lifetime of oral health. From offering your children engaging instruction in the proper methods for brushing and flossing, to providing careful oversight of their developing teeth, gums, and jaws, we’ll address their oral healthcare needs as they grow. When your kids come in for a checkup, they’ll also receive a professional teeth cleaning, so that any accumulated dental plaque and particles can be expertly removed from their mouths. Because dental plaque is chiefly responsible for the development of cavities, your children’s dentist also periodically provides additional treatments such as periodic fluoride treatments and the application of dental sealants to strengthen and shield their teeth from decay.

A regular oral care regimen at home, along with visits to your children’s dentist every six months is all it takes to keep your children smiling in the best of health! For the exceptional quality dental care you and your family deserve, contact our helpful staff at the number provided below!

Your Baby’s New Teeth

Your Baby’s New Teeth

As skilled and experienced pediatric dentists, we not only provide exceptional quality dental care for your children—but we also provide parents with peace of mind. You can depend on the professional guidance of our experienced professional team to help keep your child’s smile in tip-top condition. Whether your child’s first tooth has erupted (congratulations!), you have questions about thumb sucking or other oral habits, or if you’d like to learn some pointers on how to get them to brush and floss more consistently, we can help. Our pediatric dentists have received extensive specialty training in behavior management techniques as well as the clinical skills to successfully treat the oral care needs of children throughout every stage of their development. If your children’s first tooth has erupted, you likely have questions that we’re prepared to answer.

While every smile is unique, a baby’s first teeth begin to erupt within the 6 to 12 month range. One of the many milestones in a baby’s development, the first teeth coming into place may not be a pleasant experience for your little one. In fact, your baby may find the tooth eruption process to be a bit uncomfortable. During tooth eruption a baby may be fussy, have some difficulty sleeping, not want to eat, or drool quite a bit. Although this fussiness can be very disconcerting to a parent, our office can show you a few things that you can do to soothe your baby as their new teeth come into place. Teething rings come in a variety of forms, and our pediatric dentist will advise you as to the safest and most effective recommendations for your baby.

From infancy through the teen years, you can depend on our office to provide the care and the information to help your child maintain optimal oral health! For more information or to schedule an appointment for care, give us a call today.

Toothpaste for Your Child

How to Choose the Right Toothpaste for Your Child

At the offices of our office, parents often ask us how to choose the best toothpaste for their child. Toothpaste is big business, and there are dozens of options available. Our professional team is committed to your child’s oral health, and wants to play an active role in helping them develop good dental practices that will last a lifetime.

Here are some handy toothpaste tips to keep in mind for your child:

  • Fluoride: Fluoride toothpaste is best for children three and over, as it plays an essential role in strengthening tooth enamel.
  • Flavor: Oral hygiene should be comfortable and pleasant for your child. It’s important to choose toothpaste your child likes – or at least tolerates. There are a wide variety of options from which to choose, like strawberry, gentle mint, or bubble gum.
  • Mild Abrasives: Make sure the abrasives in your child’s toothpaste are intended for children. The harsher abrasives in adult toothpaste that are designed to remove tough stains are too rough for young teeth.
  • The ADA Seal: The American Dental Association (ADA) evaluates toothpaste for safety and effectiveness. A toothpaste with the ADA seal has all the right ingredients to protect your child’s teeth from cavities.
  • Toothpaste and Very Young Children: You can start using toothpaste on a toothbrush as soon as your child’s first teeth appear. Ingesting fluoride can be harmful to young children, so make sure that you initially use a fluoride-free toothpaste. Once your child gets a little older and can spit and rinse effectively, you can switch him or her over to a pea-sized amount of toothpaste with fluoride.
  • Switching to Adult Toothpaste: According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, it’s acceptable to switch to an adult toothpaste when your child reaches 9 or 10 years of age.

Committed to your child’s oral health:

At our office, we offer the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care for your family’s needs. We will be happy to recommend the right toothpaste for your child, keeping his or her unique needs and any special considerations, such as sensitivities or weak enamel, in mind. For more information about the services we provide, give us a call today.

Maintaining Space For Permanent Teeth

Maintaining Space For Permanent Teeth

At our office, we utilize leading-edge technology and methods of care to keep your child’s smile healthy and beautiful at every stage of growth and development. While we strive to maintain the baby teeth until they are ready to fall out on their own, in some cases, due to injury or decay, a baby tooth may need to come about before it is ready. As skilled providers of care, we place space maintainers when a baby tooth is prematurely lost, to serve as a placeholder so that the newly emerging permanent teeth can come into proper alignment.

Why Baby Teeth Are Important

Your child’s primary teeth play an important developmental role. They allow your child to chew, smile and speak with ease as well as serve as placeholders for the succeeding set permanent adult teeth. If your child loses a primary tooth too soon, it can affect the alignment of the teeth and bite later on. As your child’s pediatric dentist, we design and customize a space maintainer to help ensure the ongoing health and development of your child’s smile. The appliance can be either be affixed to any adjacent teeth or it can be designed as a removable one. Our friendly, highly trained professional team will help determine which type of appliance is right for your child. We’ll take the time to help your child adjust to wearing the space maintainer and teach you and your child how to properly wear and care for the appliance, to ensure the most effective outcome of care.

Skilled and Compassionate Providers of Care

At our office, we want every child to enjoy the benefits of a straight smile and optimal oral health. To learn more about our office, and the many services that we provide, or to schedule an appointment for care, give us a call today. We look forward to welcoming your family into ours!

Sippy Cup

Beware the Hidden Dangers of…the Sippy Cup

They’re an invaluable resource for parents the world over: the sippy cup. It is an   excellent way to ease the transition between baby bottles and regular drinking glasses, it’s convenient and it’s effective in preventing spills and leaks. That’s why many parents continue to use it – even after their child has clearly outgrown it.

Many pediatric dentists believe that frequent, prolonged sippy cup use can contribute to toddler tooth decay and cavities — not because of the cup itself, but by the liquids parents frequently fill it with. As a result, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry advises parents to make a “well-baby” checkup with a pediatric dentist after the first tooth has emerged. At our office, our professional team will educate parents about sippy cup use and general oral care routines, as well as provide strategies for eliminating unwanted oral habits.

Sippy cups are natural for holding sugary, decay-promoting liquids such as breast milk, baby formula, fruit juices, soda, and sweetened water. Oral bacteria feed on these sugars and produce harmful oral acids. Acids attack the tooth enamel, weakening it and rendering it susceptible to decay.  Biannual appointments with a pediatric dentist are the best way to monitor the condition of your child’s teeth, and to ensure that cavities are not developing.

A sippy cup should be introduced when your child is first physically able to grasp it, but its use should be discontinued as soon as the child is old enough to use an adult-sized cup – usually at around one year of age. Children are at risk for tooth decay as soon as the first teeth emerge from the gums, making it crucial to implement a good oral care routine as early as possible. As parents, you can help reduce the risk of your baby’s cavity development by limiting his or her intake of sugary liquids in the sippy cup (substituting plain water whenever possible), and by washing the sippy cup often to eliminate germs. 

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.

Sealants: “Raincoats” for Your Child’s Teeth

Sealants: “Raincoats” for Your Child’s Teeth

Getting children to brush — let alone floss — their teeth can often be a challenge. When teeth are not brushed regularly or well enough, cavities inevitably develop. But there’s another safety net to help keep those teeth clean. It’s called a sealant, a thin, protective coating that adheres to the chewing surface of the teeth teeth.

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.

While sealants are no substitute for brushing and flossing, they can keep cavities from forming and may even stop early stages of decay from becoming a full-blown cavity. In fact, sealants have been shown to reduce the risk of decay by nearly 80% in molars. This is especially important when it comes to your child’s dental health. According to the Centers for Disease Control, school-age children without sealants have almost three times more cavities than children with sealants.

How sealants work:

When the cavity-causing bacteria that live in the mouth meet leftover food particles, they produce acids that can create cavities in the teeth. Applying a sealant gel to the teeth keeps those bits of food out and stops bacteria and acid from settling in. In short, sealants are protective coverings.

Children and adults can benefit from sealants, but the earlier you get them, the better. Sealing teeth as soon as they come through can keep them cavity-free from the start. The process is quick, painless and can help save time and money in the long run.

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.

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.