Same Day Emergency Dental Care for Children’s Dentistry
If a permanent tooth is knocked out, it might be reattached. Being careful not to touch the nerve of the tooth, gently rinse the tooth and the socket with clean water. Place the tooth into the socket and hold it there. If the tooth won’t stay in place, put it into a baggie with your child’s saliva or room-temperature milk. To control bleeding, lightly place a damp cloth or wet tea bag over the area and avoid damaging the nerve. Call Mesquite Dental immediately for assistance — and bring the tooth to your visit.
Dental Instruction for Kids and Parents
We want your children to enjoy dental visits. We also want to encourage good home care habits, which will reduce the need for fillings and other dental work. At your child’s visit, we’ll teach you and your little one how to take great care of young teeth. Dr. George knows it’s never too early to lay the foundation for a lifetime of oral health.
The First Visit
The American Dental Association recommends children visit a dentist by age one. Dr. George supports this philosophy. An early childhood visit will set the stage for positive dental visits in the future. Your little one will become familiar with our office, our team, and the sights, sounds, smells, and tools we use. Also, at a first visit, Dr. George will take a brief look inside your child’s mouth to assess development. If you have any concerns, please let the doctor know.
Early Oral Care
Studies show, even infants have a great number of bacteria in their mouths. As soon as you bring your baby home from the hospital, use a soft, moist cloth to wipe his gums after feedings. When the first tooth erupts, brush your child’s tooth with a soft, children’s toothbrush. Once multiple teeth erupt, begin brushing morning and evening, and use a tiny bit of unfluoridated toothpaste. Encourage your child to spit in the sink instead of swallowing the toothpaste.
The First Cleaning
Regular six-month checkups and cleanings should be established between ages three and five. The hygienist will remove plaque and tartar and share tips for effective brushing and flossing. Use the time to ask questions and learn how to make the most of your oral home care efforts. Parents should brush and floss their children’s teeth until kids have refined fine motor skills. Even when children brush independently, a parent should monitor and review the job to make sure it’s done right!
Fluoride and Sealants
Even if you oversee your child’s brushing and flossing, keeping back teeth totally clean can be a struggle. A fluoride rinse or varnish will attract other minerals to strengthen tooth enamel and ward off cavities. While tap water does have fluoride, most kids drink bottled water and don’t get sufficient fluoride for cavity prevention. Dental sealants are clear plastic coatings applied to back teeth. They create a barrier between bacteria and tooth enamel, thus preventing decay. Sealants wear off naturally, so they don’t have to be removed.
From the time your toddler starts soccer until she’s a seasoned pro – and even then – an athletic mouthguard will protect teeth, lips, and tongue from serious injury during sports. You can purchase a boil-and-bite mouthguard at your local sports store or ask Dr. George to fabricate a custom-fitted, comfortable mouthguard at your child’s next visit.
Clenching and Grinding
Many children clench and grind their teeth while sleeping. This condition is called bruxism, and it can lead to significant tooth wear, breakage, and other problems, like headaches. An oral splint worn at night will eliminate clenching and grinding, as well as the associated problems. If you notice your child grinding his teeth while sleeping, tell Dr. George.
If you want quality family dentistry, look no further. Dr. Varghese George delivers compassionate, professional dental care. Make your appointment now for a healthy, winning smile. Our office serves families from Mesquite, Garland, Balch Springs, Rowlett, Forney, and the East Dallas area.