Good Dental Health Starts Early
The key to good health is establishing healthy habits as soon as possible. As a parent, this means a lot of work. In addition to teaching your kids about the importance of eating right and exercising for their overall health, you are also responsible for teaching them about how and why they need to take care of their teeth. While you can probably give them the basics, it helps to have a dentist you trust to answer more complicated questions.
At Mesquite Dental & Implant Center, our dentist has specialized training and years of experience treating children. This training and experience is vital because it allows Dr. George to quickly identify any issues in order to correct them right away.
What to Expect During a Visit
When you bring your child in, we’ll spend some time introducing ourselves, explaining to your child what it is we do and why it is important. We do this to help them feel comfortable and respected, which will help them stay calm during the dental exam.
We start out the exam by looking at the teeth, taking dental x-rays (if needed), and then thoroughly cleaning your child’s teeth. We work quickly and gently to minimize the chances of panic and anxiety.
Call us today to set up a pediatric dental appointment for your child. In addition to being a great dentist for kids, we also treat adults of all ages. If you need to have your teeth cleaned, or you are looking for a highly skilled and experienced dental clinic to perform dental implants, Mesquite Dental & Implant Center can take great care of you. We even offer sedation dentistry for people with dental anxiety, or for anyone undergoing long or complex dental procedures.
Same-Day Emergency Dental Care for Children’s Dentistry
Have a dental emergency? Mesquite Dental & Implant Center is here for you. If your child has a permanent tooth knocked out of his or her mouth, it might be able to be reattached with the proper care. 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 that 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 children’s dentist office, our team, and the sights, sounds, smells, and tools that we use. Also, during your child’s initial visit, Dr. George will take a brief look inside of his or her mouth to assess development. If you have any concerns, please let the doctor know.
Early Oral Care
Studies show that 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 or her 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 non fluoridated 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 he or she will share tips for effective brushing and flossing. Use this 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 that are 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 he or she is a seasoned pro – and even then – an athletic mouthguard will protect his or her teeth, lips, and tongue from serious injury during sports. You can purchase a boil-and-bite mouthguard at your local sports store, or you can 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 or her teeth while sleeping, tell Dr. George.
If you are looking for a fun and friendly children’s dentist, look no further than Mesquite Dental & Implant Center. Dr. Varghese George delivers compassionate, friendly dental care. Make an appointment for your child now for a healthy, winning smile. Our office serves families from Mesquite, Garland, Balch Springs, Rowlett, Forney, and the East Dallas area.