May 25, 2017
Everyone needs to visit a dentist every six months for a regular dental cleaning and dental exam. Without these, your teeth can soon get cavities, infections, discolorations, and more. Then why do some adults never get around to these visits?
Part of the reason can be traced back to childhood. When you’re very young, what you do sets the stage for your adulthood. If you never went to the dentist as a child, or if you did but those visits were uncomfortable or intimidating, you could have some form of dental anxiety. This can make you skip visits despite needing them.
Call our Kansas City, MO dental office today at 816-399-5539 to schedule an appointment for your children. Their first few visits to the dentist are vitally important. If these go well, your child can be more likely to continue going to the dentist as they grow up.
How Dr. Stiver Can Help Your Kids
To a child, any dentist’s office can be intimidating. It’s full of strangers who want to touch their teeth. Besides that, there are all kinds of weird noises, smells, and machines all over the place. That’s why you need to bring your children to a dental office where they know how to work with kids.
That’s exactly what you’ll find at the Dental Care Center of South Kansas City. Dr. Stiver and his team are not just highly trained and experienced in family dentistry. They know how to make children smile and feel welcome. And if your child still has some dental anxiety, you can get nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to help them feel calm and happy throughout their appointment.
But even if your child only has their baby teeth, dental care is still needed. Cavities can still hurt, and your child can get gum disease at this early age no matter what kind of teeth are present. Regular dental visits to our Kansas City, MO dental office can also help those baby teeth fall out correctly and have the adult teeth come in just fine.
Your Child’s First Dental Appointment
Your kid’s very first dental appointment is so important. It sets the stage for all future visits. If this one goes well, your child will be less reluctant to go in the future — and you know how much that can help you.
That’s why Dr. Stiver and our whole team works so hard to help children feel safe and happy here. The exact nature of the visit depends on their age, but you can expect something similar to what you would get out of a dental visit: the teeth are cleaned and thoroughly examined. If there are any problems, Dr. Stiver will discuss any recommended treatments with you first.
Dental Tips For Young ChildrenTEETHING DIFFICULTIES
Teething can be a rough experience for a baby. Although it’s a necessary one, there are some things you can do to help. Use a cold (but not frozen) teething ring. The coldness and pressure from chewing can relieve discomfort. Using a clean finger to gently massage the gums. If needed, a pediatric numbing gel can be used.
CARING FOR A BABY’S TEETH
As the baby teeth come in, you could start brushing them gently. Buy a toothbrush specifically for infants, and skip the toothpaste. Just use warm water. Use a clean, damp washcloth and carefully wipe the gums clean after eating. And try to avoid feeding your child just before bedtime, as that coats their baby teeth in food that can lead to baby bottle decay.
DEVELOPING GOOD HABITS
As your kids grow up, they need to brush and floss regularly. Let your kids see you do just that. Kids often want to do “grown-up” stuff, so if they see a grown-up brushing and flossing, they’re more likely to develop both as good dental habits. Also, be careful about what you serve to your kids. For example, fruit juice is full of sugar and acids that can ruin your kids’ smiles.
HELPING CHILDREN FEEL SAFE
One key to making sure kids enjoy their visit is for a parent to be there with them. With very young kids, you can sit in the dentist’s chair while they sit in your lap. Many times, being that close can help kids feel safe. As they get older, you can also schedule your appointment back-to-back with your kids’. This way, they see that you’re taking dental visits seriously.