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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Whether this is your child’s first visit to a dentist or just their first visit to our office, we want to make sure they feel welcome and safe. You can be confident that we will care for you kids as if they were our own.
Many children suffer from what is known as dentist anxiety – feeling nervous or scared before and during a visit is a common occurrence. Whether it is for a simple six-month cleaning or a major procedure such as getting a cavity filled or pulling a tooth, dentist anxiety can make it difficult to get your child to feel comfortable coming into the office for a necessary visit. Fortunately, advances in pediatric dentistry provide some respite from dentist anxiety. Procedures such as oral conscious sedation can help your child (and you) get through the next appointment with less stress.
Sedation dentistry and the use of conscious sedation is being widely used throughout many children dentistry practices. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, “Sedation is a technique to guide a child’s behavior during dental treatment. Medications are used to help increase cooperation and to reduce anxiety or discomfort associated with dental procedures.” Conscious sedation, or oral conscious sedation, does not work like general anesthesia in making a patient unconscious or unresponsive. Instead, conscious sedation works to relax a young patient prior to a procedure, keeping them awake and responsive to certain stimuli throughout.
Minimal to moderate conscious sedation may prove beneficial during your child’s pediatric dentistry appointment
where a procedure must take place. Under both minimal and moderate conscious sedation, the process is induced with a pill taken by mouth, known as oral conscious sedation. Deep sedation, often used in more anxious patients, is brought on through the combination of oral medication and intravenous sedatives. After a pre-sedation evaluation by your dentist, the oral medication is provided in the form of a syrup, making it easy to take. Conscious sedation is fast acting and very safe compared to general anesthesia.
Although sedation dentistry provides a level of relaxation for the patient, it typically does not minimize pain. Your pediatric dentist may also use a combination of inhaled nitrous oxide/oxygen and a local anesthetic to provide pain relief throughout your child’s procedure. Each of these methods can be administered simply by a children dentistry professional who is properly trained in sedation dentistry.
Sedation dentistry can create a better dentist visit not only for your child, but for you as well. When they are calm and relaxed during a procedure, your anxiety level will naturally decrease, too. If you think your child is a candidate for sedation dentistry, the America Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends you contact your dentist about options for your next visit.
Cavities are no fun for anyone, but they can be especially detrimental to the oral health of your children. Talking about cavity prevention with your children blatantly is not necessarily the best option – we all know that without keeping the conversation fun or creating an interesting activity around the discussion, kids have a lower chance of retaining the information they need to prevent a cavity. To ensure the message of preventing a cavity is loud and clear, try these out-of-the-box tips.
Sitting your children down to discuss cavity prevention may carry more weight if you center the conversation on the future. For instance, explaining the negative effects of not brushing and flossing correctly or often can have more impact if you talk about the detrimental effects of untreated issues like a cavity, including loss of permanent teeth, rotting teeth that have to be pulled or constant pain from cavities. If you think appealing to their vanity may be meaningful, showing pictures of unhealthy mouths with missing or rotten teeth can do the trick. These discussions and images have a greater chance of sticking with your children, and work as a motivator to keep up good dental hygiene habits and avoid cavities.
Treating your children with rewards and incentives is a powerful way to encourage continuous good behavior. This principle of parenting works well when it comes to oral health and cavity prevention as well. After a successful trip to the dentist where no cavities were found, give your children a reward like a trip to the movies or a few extra dollars in their allowance that week. This strategy works well when you start encouraging regular brushing and flossing early and establish what the reward will be well in advance of their next dentist visit. To make the most of this method make sure to avoid sweets as a reward!
Another great way to help your children avoid cavities is to engage in activities and use products that make brushing and flossing enjoyable for them. There are a number of flavored flosses that children can use each day to help avoid getting a cavity, as well as a wide variety of fun toothbrushes. Children have a greater chance of wanting to brush regularly and for the right amount of time if a toothbrush vibrates, has a song or tune that plays during brushing, or has colorful lights that flash throughout. You can also encourage the prevention of a cavity by using colored toothpastes or family games during that time.
Possibly the most important strategy you can take in helping your children avoid cavities is to lead by example. Young children want to imitate their parents in everything they do, and keeping up with dental hygiene is no exception. If you are committed to brushing and flossing every day and don’t wince when it comes time to visit the dentist, your children will feel more comfortable doing the same. If possible, encourage brushing and flossing together each morning and in the evenings, and make sure you are doing your best to keep up a consistent routine. Cavity prevention and oral health starts with you!
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