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Archive for September, 2014

Losing Baby Teeth and The Tooth Fairy

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Most children typically begin losing baby teeth between the ages of 5-7, marking it as one of the first rites of passage that they will experience. Some children will be concerned that losing baby teeth will hurt, but if baby teeth fall out naturally it is almost always a pain free experience. You should encourage your child to wiggle their loose tooth, but not to try and pull it out before it is ready. Occasionally, pulling out a baby tooth early can lead to infection in the root so it is best to let baby teeth fall out on their own.

Losing baby teeth is an important milestone to little ones and usually is one of the first times that children begin to feel like “big kids”. Sometimes losing baby teeth can be stressful and even traumatic for children, which is one of the reasons so many parents use the tooth fairy to make the experience fun and memorable. They are numerous ways parents carry out the tooth fairy tradition and although it is not necessary, it can create fond memories as well as helping to reinforce good oral hygiene. The process of losing baby teeth usually lasts about 6 years from start to finish, so try to create a tooth fairy plan you can easily keep up with.

A hilarious example of a letter to the Tooth Fairy

When the Tooth Fairy forgets….

For some fun ideas, visit our Pinterest page dedicated to helping parents be great tooth fairies!

Now that your child has their adult teeth coming in, brushing and flossing is more important than ever! Make sure to reinforce the habit of brushing twice a day and flossing every day so children’s teeth stay strong and cavity free. If you have any questions about your child losing their baby teeth or any other questions, don’t hesitate to contact us today @ (702) 570-7333!

First Visit to the Dentist

Smile Reef

At Smile Reef we specialize in providing children with a stress free experience at the dentist. We want to ensure that every child enjoys their time at Smile Reef and always has a good experience at the dentist. Sometimes, the first trip to the dentist can cause anxiety, which is why we recommend bringing children for the first check up after their 1st birthday. Bringing children to the dentist at a young age ensures optimal oral health as well as helping children become accustomed to the dentist early on. If your child has not yet been to the dentist, or seems apprehensive to come to the office, here are some tips we recommend.

• Talk to your child about what to expect. The first visit to the dentist is typical very simple. It usually consists of becoming familiar with Dr. Jensen and the office and a check-up.

• Pick an appointment time when they are feed and well rested so they will be in a good mood.

•Consider bringing along a favorite toy or blanket for comfort.

• Speak positively of your own experiences at the dentist and try to prevent peers or older siblings from telling scary stories of any dentist.

• Read your child stories about going to the dentist. Feel free to ask us for suggestions on great children’s stories about going to the dentist.

If your child is now a toddler and has not yet been to the dentist, you are more than welcome to bring your child to our office. We are happy to show kids how fun Smile Reef is and to let them to get to know us before coming to an official appointment. If you have any questions about bringing your child to the dentist or other questions don’t hesitate to contact us(702) 570-7333!


Pictured: Two kids who love going to the dentist! 🙂