Dental Health Tips for Reluctant Children

kids dental Fort WorthChildren can be a handful as they go through the different stages of their development. As the baby teeth start to emerge, babies become fussy and parents struggle to comfort them. As more teeth grow in, the need for regular dental care increases, including at-home dental habits as well as regular visits to a pediatric dentist for checkups and cleanings. Managing kid’s dental health is essential for overall health and for the preservation of their adult teeth later in life.

Although the baby teeth are short-lived, falling out or requiring extraction depending on the circumstances, they play a vital role in the development of good kid’s dental habits. Most dentists agree that children should visit the dentist as soon as the first tooth starts to emerge, but visiting before then is also possible. Dentists treat more than just teeth; they ensure the gums and mouth are healthy as well. Visiting the dentist, however, can be an enormous challenge for some parents and children. Starting dental checkups later makes the comfort-curve steep for children that don‘t instantly accept having a stranger poke inside their mouths.

Getting comfortable with regular dental habits can also be a challenge. Some children have difficulty adjusting to certain textures and sensations if not introduced early. For this reason, using a sponge toothbrush or infant’s toothbrush to stimulate the gums, even before teeth start growing in, can help children develop better dental habits and greater comfort with regular brushing. As the teeth erupt, this improved comfort will make brushing and caring for teeth much easier on parents.

For parents that started later, all hope is not lost. Specially trained pediatric dentists are able to use verbal, behavioral, and tone techniques to relax children and make them much more comfortable when in the dentist’s chair.

For more information on managing children’s teeth and oral health, or improving children’s comfort at dental appointments, contact our experienced pediatric dentistry team at Fort Worth Children’s Dentistry today!

Common Dental Emergencies in Children

childrens emergency dentistAccidents happen, especially with children. A tooth can be broken or knocked loose during recess or PE, or an underlying dental problem can suddenly creep up causing a need for immediate care. Going to the dentist is hard enough for a child under normal circumstances for routine care such as professional cleanings and checkups, so knowing a qualified children’s emergency dentist is available when needed, can make a world of difference in the treatment experience for both the child and the parents alike.

A true dental emergency typically involves visible damage to the teeth or mouth, such as a tooth that is knocked loose or completely knocked out. Other emergencies may involve a chipped, cracked, broken, or otherwise damaged tooth. When a tooth is loose, if there is no trauma or damage to the surrounding gum tissue, there may be little or no bleeding. In the case of a tooth that is knocked out, there may be significant bleeding which can make the situation scarier for children and parents. It’s important to stay calm and gather as much information as possible to help the children’s emergency dentist act quickly and hopefully preserve the tooth.

If a tooth is knocked out completely, and it can be found, avoid touching the roots of the tooth. Holding the tooth by the crown only, rinse with water and place the tooth in a cup with milk. If the tooth is broken, and the broken pieces can be found, do the same as for a knocked out tooth. Do NOT wash the tooth with soap or toothpaste, even if it’s dirty; let the kid’s dentist do that. If you do not have regular dairy milk, place the tooth in a glass of clean water. Do NOT use non-dairy milk as a substitute in this case. Contact the dentist immediately and prepare to bring the child and tooth into the office.

For emergencies, our pediatric dentists are available 24 hours a day, ready to help preserve teeth and bring comfort to children in these unfortunate situations. For more information on kid’s dental emergencies and other services, call 817-569-6633 and speak to one of our caring dentistry specialists today!