As a just for kids dentist, we can make sure that your child enjoys their dental appointments. This may sound like a foreign concept, but it is possible! Children can look forward to and become excited about getting their teeth cleaned and staying in excellent oral health. It does not happen automatically, though. It takes effort and a trip to a dentist that enjoys working with children.
Why a trip to our just for kids dentist office can be a fun experience…
We smile a lot. It may sound cheesy, but we are happy to work here and love our young patients! Our team is happy, we smile a lot and that makes our patients happy to be here too. Since we enjoy our work it is easy to get kids excited about coming to the dentist and having their teeth cleaned or cavities filled. We make it an adventure.
Our office is full of toys. We have toys for kids of all ages. There is something here for toddlers and for teens. Regardless of what your child enjoys, they are bound to be comfortable in our dental office.
Kids can be loud. As a just for kids dentist, we know that asking young patients to sit still and quiet in the waiting room is akin to asking them to go in “time out”. Since we want them to be comfortable and happy here, that is the last thing that we want to do – make them feel punished. When you visit our dental office, feel free to let your kids speak like normal and be themselves.
Our exam rooms are relaxing. Our kid-friendly dentist office decor does not stop at the door. We have examination rooms that have been designed to be kid-friendly, warm and happy.
We will make them laugh. Our staff can start telling jokes, teasing patients, etc., in order to get them to relax and just have fun. We keep it light because that does not impact our ability to help teeth but it does make us more personable and our patients more comfortable.
As a parent, we know that you will appreciate the experience your children have at our dental office because it will make your life much easier. Instead of needing to beg and bribe your children to receive dental care, they will want to come and look forward to having their teeth cleaned. We will show them how to brush and floss here and encourage them to keep it up at home. When our patients enjoy their office visits, they are more likely to take our advice and that too can make your home life easier. Our goal is to partner with you as the parent to help your child to stay in as good of health as possible. We know that it takes a team approach and we are excited to join with you in this goal.
Call today to schedule an appointment with our just for kids dentist office. We are confident that you will be happy you did and so will they!
We provide Pediatric Dental Care and recommend that you bring your children in early and often. Many parents call us asking when they should start to brush their kids teeth, when they should come to the dentist, if they need fluoride, etc. We welcome these questions because it shows a focus on oral health care, something that all parents should do. Each patient is unique and their needs can be as well. For this reason, you should bring your child in for an examination so that we can work together to create a long-term treatment plan. In the meantime, however, here are some basic guidelines for your kids dental care.
Start brushing their gums and teeth now.
When your baby is born, you can start to clean their gums at least once per day. Use a room-temperature wash rag that is clean. Gently wipe the milk and sugar off of their gums. As they get older and begin to get teeth, this will actually feel good to them. It will also create a routine that will make it easier to transition to brushing teeth once they have them. As soon as your child does have teeth, they need to be brushed twice per day, just like yours.
Bring them in for kids dental care at one year.
Typically, we recommend that our young patients visit us for a dental exam and teeth cleaning as early as one year of age. By this time, they have enough teeth to examine and we can tell if the rest are likely to grow in like they should. On the first appointment, we may only examine them but as they get older, we will fully clean their teeth as well. By the time they are a toddler, they should be ready for a full teeth cleaning.
Why we want to start dental care early.
As a provider of kids dental care, we recommend that you bring your children to our office as soon as one year and continue to bring them in every six months for the rest of their life. This may sound like a lot of dental appointments, but this is the best way to ensure that they can keep healthy teeth for a lifetime. We need to start early because cavities can form at any age and it is our job to ensure that their teeth remain decay and infection free so that they can use them in comfort.
During appointments for preventative care, we will examine their teeth and clean them. If we notice that your child has deep ridges on the chewing surfaces of their teeth, we may recommend applying dental sealants. This is a plastic-like material that is brushed onto the teeth so that nothing can become trapped there. By keeping food particles and plaque from becoming stuck here, we can decrease the risk of your child developing cavities. We may also recommend that they get a fluoride treatment since that also reduces cavities by 30 percent. Our goal is to keep your child in excellent health so we will make age-appropriate recommendations as time goes on.
As an emergency dentist we understand that it is impossible to control when you will have a dental emergency. Even those who are fastidious about oral health can still end up in a car wreck, hurt while playing sports, slip and fall down, etc., all of which can lead to a damaged tooth and dental emergency. In fact, according to the National Fall Safety Institute slip and falls account for 9 million trips to the emergency room every year. With that in mind, you truly never know when you may need emergency dentist care. Fortunately, we are here when you do. Regardless of how you hurt yourself or how damaged your teeth are, give us a call. If we do not answer, we will get back to you right away so that you can receive the dental care that you need.
Solutions Offered by an Emergency Dentist
As an emergency dentist, we offer extended hours that are far beyond what you can find with a traditional dentist. Many local dentists restrict their hours of operation to Monday through Thursday from 9 am to 5 pm. While this works for many people, it can make it difficult for those with busy work schedules or a dental emergency to get the care that they need. As a result, many people seek dental care from the emergency room of a local hospital. This is unwise because general physicians are not trained in how to diagnose or treat dental problems. They can triage the problem and provide medication, but that’s it. This leads to repeat visits because the health issue is never actually addressed. When you visit our dental office, your experience will be entirely different. Even though we are available 24 hours a day, we still provide the same comprehensive dental care that you can receive during normal business hours. This means that we can examine your teeth, take x-rays, diagnose the problem and provide you with immediate care. If you have damaged your tooth, we may restore it with a bonding procedure, dental veneers, or dental crowns. If you have lost a tooth, we can try to save it or provide you with a denture, dental bridge, or dental implant as a replacement solution. Finally, if your tooth is infected, we can typically save it by performing a root canal.
When you visit our dental office, you can be confident knowing that you will receive the highest quality of dental care from a team of experts. We are equipped to handle whatever your dental needs may be.
Tips for Staying Healthy
If you want to decrease the chance that you will ever need an emergency dentist, it is important to take care of your teeth and gums. While you cannot prevent most accidents, if you play sports you can decrease your risk for getting injured. We recommend that you wear a mouthguard while playing or practicing sports so that your teeth will not be damaged if hit. Simultaneously, if you receive ongoing dental care, the chance of you developing a sudden toothache will also be reduced.
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