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Archive for December, 2015

Pediatric Dentistry FAQ & Tips for Special Needs Children

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With any family having the privilege of raising a special needs child, they know the experience can be rewarding as well challenging. Getting any child into the dentist chair can be a hardship for any parent, but especially so when a child has special needs.

Smile Reef can provide dentistry services for your special needs angel and today we would like to answer frequently asked questions, along with some tips for proper oral hygiene.

Q: Do special needs children require special needs dentistry?
A: Most special needs children are do require special needs dentistry. Some conditions can leave kids more susceptible to gum disease, tooth decay or oral trauma. Every child deserves to have a healthy, beauty smile, and even children with special needs require professional oral care. The earlier professional care begins, the better off their teeth will be.
Q: What’s the preventive care involving special needs children susceptible to oral issues?
A: As with all children, proper brushing and flossing are great habits. When your child has their first exam, using care, gentleness and patience, your child’s dentist can better instruct you on any further treatments better suited for their teeth and gums.
Q: What are some practices my child will benefit from?
A: Along with efficient brushing, flossing and fluoride treatments, the foods and drinks you give your child can greatly impact their overall oral health.
Q: Are all pediatric dentists trained and prepared to handle special needs dentistry?
A: Most are well suited for the job. At Smile Reef, Dr. Jaren Jensen, along with the other friendly staff have important goals. Their number one goal is to make every child, most importantly special needs children, feel relaxed and excited to see the dentist. Smile Reef strives to teach your child adequate hygiene practices in a fun and non-threatening way.
Q: What if special needs children just can’t relax?
A: If children seem to be still prone to stress and anxiety after several methods of getting them to relax, mild sedation or other means might help your child benefit from getting the dental oral hygiene they are in need of.

Dental Care Health Tips & Establishing a Proper Dental Hygiene Routine

1. The younger the better. Don’t be intimidated into beginning oral care at a young age. The first teeth that come in is when to initiate proper brushing. Make sure your kids have a good experience with it, sing a song, make faces, dance around, whatever it takes to make the brushing ritual a pleasant one.
2. When your little ones starts to take the reins, or the handle, make sure the toothbrush is easy for them to use. Frustration might hinder the process in developing good brushing habits.
3. As they grow, make brushing fun. Make it a game or a race. Turning it into a fun activity promotes the desire for brushing, and will help the process become simple, but still efficient. Brush your teeth with them, they will see mommy and daddy doing it and be more likely to join in.
4. Make the dentist a familiar topic. As you approach your dentist appointment date, talk to your child about the excitement and fun going to the dentist will be. Make sure you are honest about what the process is like and explain why we see the dentist.
5. Sometimes children, special needs included, have comfort objects. A favorite blanket or toy. Allow them to bring it along with them for ease.

Smile Reef works with children from all walks of life, and taking the time to make your special needs child feel relaxed and comfortable is a pleasure. Make your appointment today!

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Pros & Cons. Are Children’s Dental Sealants Necessary for Kids in Preventing Tooth Decay & Cavities?

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There are so many modern conveniences that effect our children’s teeth. Juices, candies, soda, even ice could be working away at the enamel and dentin of our kids teeth. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believe that by the time a child has reached the age of 19, 70% of America’s children will experience tooth decay. Cavities can riddle a mouth and lead to expensive repairs if left unattended. There are quite a few parents who haven’t heard of preventative measures for children but dental sealants could help protect the still developing mouth.

Smile Reef would like to take the opportunity to relate what dental sealants are, their benefits, and how they are applied.

What are Children’s Dental Sealants?

Children’s Dental sealants are a protective barrier placed on kids teeth for the purpose of sealing out food and bacteria which result in cavities. Sealants, used along with a meticulous dental care routine (that includes proper brushing, flossing, fluoride treatments and a healthy diet) will help maintain dental health. While brushing and flossing are crucial elements of any oral health routine, sealants provide additional protection for the grooved areas of teeth from what is known as pit and fissure decay.

Usually children begin to get their adult teeth by the age of 6, and once they have all come through, all teeth should be sealed, but at least primary biting teeth, 6 year old and 12 year old molars and front teeth, should be sealed at a minimum. Dental sealants are a low cost, safe and efficient procedure to protect teeth, especially those prone to cavities.

What are the Benefits of Kid’s Dental Sealants?

• In conjunction with well established oral hygiene habits, dental sealants are extremely effective in preventing cavities.
• A simple procedure that has little invasiveness, is safe and effective. Does not need numbing medications or drilling applications.
• Generally costs less than cavity filling procedures.

How are Children’s Dental Sealants Applied?

1. Tooth Preparation – To begin, the dental hygienist will polish the surface of the tooth removing any plaque and food debris from the pit and fissure exterior. Next, the hygienist will isolate and dry the tooth. Once dried, the hygienist will etch the outer layer of the tooth, rinse off the etching material and dry the tooth.
2. Sealant Application – After the prep work is finished, the hygienist will administer dental sealant material to the surface of the tooth with a brush, a self-curing light will then be used for about 30 seconds to secure the sealant to the tooth surface.
3. Dental Sealant Evaluation – At the conclusion, the dental hygienist and dentist will evaluate the dental sealant and ensure quality. Once the dental sealant has hardened it becomes a hard plastic coating, and you can chew on the tooth again.

Among our many services to keep your children’s teeth healthy and glistening, we offer dental sealants to help in the fight against cavities. We at Smile Reef, enjoy the gratification in preserving the little ones teeth into adulthood. Call us today to schedule your child’s next cleaning and dental sealant procedure to better protect your kids’ smile!

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