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If you don’t have dental insurance for your child, Dentistry for Children is ready to help you with the costs of cleanings and exams.

Cash paying patients get 10% off of exams, x-rays, cleanings and fluoride if paid in full at time of visit.

You can also receive 24% off all other treatments like fillings and crowns if paid in full at time of visit.

Only one discount can be applied per visit.

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Your child’s teeth begin forming before birth. The time and frequency of when teeth come through the gum line vary depending on the child. Here is a general timeline of when you can expect your child’s teeth to erupt, and fall out.

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How to Make Your Child’s Trip to the Dentist Fun

dentistry for childrenDoes your child freak out at the thought of going to the dentist? If so, choosing a pediatric dentist like Dentistry for Children serving the Sparks and Reno area will give you and your child a much easier time.

According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, tooth decay (cavities) is one of the most common chronic conditions of childhood in the United States. Untreated tooth decay can cause pain and infections that may lead to problems with eating, speaking, playing, and learning.  So it’s vital that your children get into the habit of going to a pediatric dentist every six months as early as possible.

This post will give you some ideas of how to make a trip to the pediatric dentist a fun, not frightening experience for your child.

 

Find Out What to Expect

Knowledge is power! If your child has an idea of what to expect at the dentist, they’re more likely to be comfortable. Try watching some videos together that explain what happens. Colgate’s “Your Child’s Dental Visits” is a great one to try. Knowing what to expect will make your visits shorter and easier.

 

Visit The Dentist Before Your Appointment

If you think your child would benefit, you are welcome to bring them for a look around. Your child will see that we’ve made a lot of effort to make our office and pediatric dental surgery an inviting space for children.  Our colorful decor and arcade games are fantastic ways to distract from any fear or anxiety, and can be useful to remind your child of when the time comes for their actual appointment.

The fun, lighthearted atmosphere at a pediatric dentist like Dentistry for Children will help reduce stress, keep your child occupied and hopefully even get them excited to visit the dentist.

 

Introduce a Reward System

A really useful way to get your child excited about visiting the pediatric dentist is to introduce a reward system. This powerful method encourages your child to associate visits to the pediatric dentist with treats and pleasant feelings, not fear or anxiety.

Before your appointment, promise your child a reward such as a trip to the movies, a new toy or a little extra pocket money if they can get through the visit. Be sure you don’t use candy or other sugary things as rewards- for obvious reasons!

 

Show Off a Dental “Reward Card”

Your child may be afraid that the dentist will find cavities, which can lead to fillings. This can make them apprehensive. To encourage them to develop good oral hygiene habits, print out this neat calendar, and use stickers or a bright Sharpie to show how well they’ve brushed their teeth.

When it’s time to visit the dentist, proudly show off the report card! The team at Dentistry for Children will be thrilled that your child is doing a great job caring for their teeth, and positive reinforcement is an incredibly effective way to encourage them to see the pediatric dentist as a fun place.

There are several ways to make a trip to the dentist more entertaining; the key is to select the one that is most effective for your child.  Dentistry for Children is a leading pediatric dentist in the Sparks and Reno area, and we’re looking forward to welcoming your child very soon!

Dental Sealants: Long-Term Cavity Prevention for Your Kids

Tooth decay is a life long battle, starting as early as in the womb. According to the Wisconsin Dental Association, a pregnant woman can transmit cavity germs to her unborn fetus if she doesn’t take care to abide by healthy oral hygiene habits. And with evidence like this suggesting exposures to tooth decay well before the first bite of chocolate has even been conceived, it’s beyond important to start taking some preventative measures, especially when it comes to our kids.

kid-smilingOne of the best ways to ensure some healthy mouths for your kids is to get them into the dentist for some dental sealants. Sealants are a thin plastic coating applied to the molars in order to keep out food particles and plaque buildup. Our first permanent molars arrive between age five and seven—known as, “six-year molars”—and the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research states that it’s in these new, permanent teeth that we see cavities most often in children.

When looking into why it is that molars seem to get the most negative attention in our kids, mouthhealthy.org, an ADA accepted association, says that it has to do with the turbulent landscape of these teeth specifically. Our molars accrue more plaque and food remnants than the rest of our mouths due in large part to their rough surfaces and deep crevices which trap hard-to-reach particles inside. The primary purpose of dental sealants is to fill-in these cliffs and valleys in an effort to prevent the build-up of plaque and enamel eroding acids.

Apart from the many other ways to ensure a healthy mouth for your kid such as healthy food choices and a steady oral hygiene routine, choosing to go with dental sealants provides a strong defense for your child against cavities and painful dentist visits. And while sealants are a great choice for children and teens, they can benefit you, too. Ask your dentist the next time you’re in about adult sealants, and keep your whole family cavity free.