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Things to Know About Pediatric Dentistry; Tools for Kids, Children’s Dental Specialist & More

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There are some people that think that teeth are just teeth. They are not too keen on getting to the dentist for fear of what might come from the appointment. The interesting thing is that if everyone were to get to the dentist on a regular basis and kept good care of their oral health the appointment at the dentist would be uneventful. There are lots of dentists you can choose from and one of the specialty dentists is a pediatric dentist. There are some people that think because teeth are just teeth they don’t need to see a specialist for their child. This is a mistake when you have a child that may be nervous or feeling uneasy about their dental care. There are lots of benefits for a child when they go to a pediatric dentist rather than a regular dentist. Smile Reef outlines why you should take your child to a pediatric dentist.

Child Friendly Dentistry Tools

One of the things that you will notice about a child as opposed to an adult is that everything is smaller. This means that their mouth is smaller and their baby teeth are smaller as well. Although the adult equipment and instruments may work in a child’s mouth, that is not what they were intended for. The pediatric dentist has smaller equipment that fits well in a child’s mouth and can make the process of cleaning, exams and treatment more enjoyable and less uncomfortable. If the equipment that is being used is too large it can cause enough discomfort that the child will feel uneasy about going back.

Child Friendly Dentist Environment

If you go to your regular dentist to have your check up or any other dental care you will see that the walls have some charts about dental hygiene, tooth decay and more. The problem is that this is not an environment that will allow a child to relax and stay calm when they are about to have their exam. In a pediatric office they often have fun and inviting pictures, décor and other things that allow a child to keep their mind off of what is about to happen. The more relaxed a child is the easier the appointment will go.

Specialist in Children’s Teeth & Oral Health

When you are an adult the types of problems that your teeth and your body have are different than a child. The oral health of a child has different issues that need special attention. The great thing about going to a pediatric dentist is that the dentist has specific training on kids teeth and gums and what are some of the common troubles. They can get to a diagnosis faster and have a better understanding about what is needed. Children often have adult teeth and baby teeth and sometimes the treatment for a baby tooth will be different than a tooth that is going to be permanent.

Pediatric Dental Care

Smile Reef can help to calm your child and create a soothing environment for your child during their dental care. Call us today!

How to Care for Your Kids Toothbrush; Avoid Sharing, Change Every 3 Months & More

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There is a lot of things you have to do as a parent. As a child grows there are many things they are not able to do on their own. They depend on you to feed them, change them and get them where they need to go to name only a very small few. You also have to take a lot of time and effort to teach them about the world and how to care for their own body. A healthy diet, exercise and of course how to stay clean. This can be a real struggle when you are dealing with a messy little toddler but it is important. One area of their hygiene that you have to take over and continue to teach about is their oral health. They don’t have the ability to get all their teeth cleaned properly and floss when they need to. You want to also make sure they know about how to take care of their toothbrush as well. The toothbrush is a necessary tool and if it is not taken care of you are not going to get the cleanliness that you need. Smile Reef outlines what you need to know about taking care of your children’s toothbrush.

Negative Health Effects of Sharing a Toothbrush

It seems like your toddler wants to share just about everything with everyone. They will pull food off your plate or grab your shoes to walk around in. They love to share but when it comes to your toothbrush you want to make sure that you keep them all separate. The great thing is that they have many colors and brands that you can choose from. Get your child used to their specific one and make sure that they use only their own. The toothbrush can hold some bacteria that might come when your child is sick that you want to keep from transferring to someone else. This is a great way to keep germs from being shared.

Store Toothbrush Properly

One mistake you might be making when teaching your child how to care for their oral health is how they care for the toothbrush. You want to make sure that you clean the toothbrush thoroughly after you brush. You want to make sure that you rinse off the toothbrush and remove any leftover toothpaste. You also want to make sure that you keep the brush in an upright position so that the bristles can dry in the air. When you put it in a case or you put it in a drawer you are creating a space for bacteria and germs to grow. This can be dangerous to your child when they go to brush their teeth again.

Change Toothbrush Every 3 Months

You also want to make sure that you replace the toothbrush on a regular basis. The bristles can become damaged and worn out and that is why they need to be replaced. It is a good idea to keep an eye on the toothbrush and if it is damaged replace. Otherwise have it replaced every few months so that you have a fresh brush ready to go before it is damaged.

Pediatric Dental Care

Smile Reef can help to teach your kids about the best way to care for their oral health as well as the tools they need to use. Call us today!