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Preparing Your Child for the First Dental Visit

Chances are as a parent or guardian, uttering the phrase, “We’re going to the dentist!”, may not garner cartwheels or jumps of joy from your child. For many children, a visit to the pediatric dentist can be scary or stressful. At Springs Pediatric Dental Care in Colorado Springs, CO, we take the stress and fear out of visiting the dentist, and replace it with fun! According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry[1], children should visit their pediatric dentist by the age of one. Find out how you can help your child have a wonderful visit to the dentist. Dr. Clinton Callahan and his devoted pediatric dental team provide quality care for children of all ages. Schedule an appointment with us and let us welcome you and your child to the dentist!

Begin with Good Hygiene

It is never too early to begin to lay the foundation for proper oral hygiene. Share the joys of toothbrushing and flossing with your child. You may consider creating songs, or rhymes about brushing and flossing to instill healthy habits for your child. You should also consider brushing your own teeth along with your child. This way, your child will be assured that daily oral hygiene is fun and painless. So, make that trip to the sink a fun and festive one by celebrating the joys of brushing! Once your child sees that oral hygiene is wonderful, the trip to the dentist will be a joyous one as well.

Security Is Key

If your child has a favorite toy, or item that brings them comfort or security, allow him or her to bring it to the dentist. Children need to feel safe and secure – and what better way to have security than with a familiar friend sharing that dental chair? Once at the pediatric dentist, your child will be a bit calmer and more relaxed knowing that he or she is not alone.

Choosing Words Wisely

Before your visit to the pediatric dentist, it may be best to consider the language you will use. For example, words such as “drill”, “needle”, or “injection” may not be the best words when referencing your dental visit. Such words can be perceived as negative and can bring about crying episodes or resistance to going to the dentist. As a parent/caregiver, you are quite familiar with word choice. So, consider using words such as “the sprayer”, “the singing brush”, or “the big ole vacuum” instead. You will be surprised at how word choice will create a wonderful dental experience for you and your child.

Contact Springs Pediatric Dental Care Today

At Springs Pediatric Dental Care, we pride ourselves on providing a joyous and memorable dental visit for you and your child. Our waiting room is festive and outfitted with books, learning videos, educational toys, and more. With Dr. Callahan and his staff, there is nothing but a “kid-friendly” environment to be found in our dental office. We also offer an array of services to meet the various needs of children from all dental and developmental backgrounds. So, if you are on a quest to find a new pediatric dentist, let your search end with Springs Pediatric Dental Care Schedule an appointment with us online , or call us at (719) 265-9600 to discuss your child’s dental needs. [1] http://www.aapd.org/resources/frequently_asked_questions/#311
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The 411 On Dental Sealants For Your Child

Preventing cavities in children is an ongoing battle, but it is so important to their dental health down the road. Getting into good habits such as brushing and flossing at least twice a day, and getting regular dental checkups, will put your child on a path to healthy teeth for life. If practicing good oral hygiene is not enough – or you simply want extra protection against cavities – you might consider dental sealants. Springs Pediatric Dentist in Colorado Springs, CO offers kid-friendly dental care to help ensure healthy teeth for your child, including regular dental checkups and the application of dental sealants to prevent cavities.  

How Do Cavities Form?

Since it has probably been a long time, it might be a good idea to do a refresher on cavities and how they form. First, everyone carries cavity-causing bacteria in their mouths. Whenever you eat, leftover food particles and the bacteria meet up and start to produce acids. If the acid is not removed, it will eat away at the tooth enamel, eventually creating holes or cavities. Brushing and flossing can remove the food particles and bacteria. Unfortunately, good dental hygiene is not always enough to prevent cavities. The problem is usually worse in children, who might either forget to brush, don’t brush long enough, or who “miss” spots.  

What are Dental Sealants?

Dental sealants are made from a chemical called Bisephenol A or BPA, which is the same chemical found in plastic. The sealant is usually applied to the back teeth and molars, which are harder for a child to reach with a toothbrush. The coating fills the deep grooves in the teeth and forms a protective barrier to keep bacteria out. A report by the Centers for Disease Control concluded that dental sealants prevent 80 percent of cavities for two years, and continue to protect a child’s teeth for up to four years.  

What are the Recommendations for Dental Sealants?

According to the American Dental Association, dental sealants are recommended for children aged 5-14. The Centers for Disease Control also released a report in 2016, which looked at school-aged children 6-11. The report found that children who did not have dental sealants were nearly three times more likely to have cavities than those who did.   How early should you start? Sealants can be considered as soon as your child’s first permanent molars come in, which happens around age 5-7. A child’s second permanent molars usually appear around age 11-14, so another application of dental sealant is recommended at this stage, too.   By the way, adults can get dental sealants as well.  

Are Dental Sealants Safe?

Of course you do not want to put anything harmful into your child’s mouth. Although the use of a chemical or plastic might be cause for concern, dental sealants are made with extremely low levels of BPA. According to the American Dental Association, children are exposed to more BPA from food, sunscreen, shampoo, body wash and cosmetics than are found in dental sealants. If you are worried, you can find BPA-free sealants, however.  

Worried about your child developing cavities?

Even the most diligent parent cannot always ensure a child brushes his or her teeth correctly. You can wage a constant battle or you can add a little protection with dental sealants to keep out bacteria and ward off cavities. You will be rewarded with a healthy smile from your child as a thank you. If you want to know more about dental sealants or you are looking for a kid-friendly dentist with the experience to take care of your child’s oral health, contact Springs Pediatric Dentist. We have two pediatric dental offices in Colorado Springs, CO for your convenience. Call 719-265-9600 or go online to make an appointment today.
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A New Parent’s Guide to Children’s Dentistry

When you become a parent for the first time, you have a lot to think about. However, you might not think about children’s dentistry, especially when your child is still an infant. This is actually the best time to start planning the seeds of healthy oral hygiene in preparation for the days when your child brushes, flosses, and makes dentist appointments independently. After all, you want your son or daughter’s children’s dentistry experience with Dr. Clinton Callahan, a pediatric dentist serving Colorado Springs, CO, to be second to none. In fact, if your child is a toddler or older, please come to visit us! We love to give families and young patients a tour of our comfortable, kid-friendly facility. You’ll appreciate the care we put toward our commitment to children’s dentistry excellence. In the meantime, our team can share a few tips to help you set the stage for your child’s best possible dental health.

Make Brushing and Flossing a Lifetime Habit

Even if your child’s teeth haven’t fully erupted, gently rub his or her gums with a damp, soft washcloth twice daily. Not only will this stimulate the gums, but it will introduce your child to the feeling of having a cleaner mouth. When your child’s teeth do start to erupt, use a cloth to “brush” each tooth. You may also use a dab of kid-appropriate toothpaste. Eventually, your child will become accustomed to this routine. Kids who feel comfortable cleaning their teeth in the morning and evening tend to stick with the habit. In fact, your child may remind you after breakfast or before bed that it’s time to brush!

Talk About Children’s Dentistry in a Positive Way

Even if you had a bad experience with a dentist as a child, you should always remain positive when you discuss children’s dentistry with your son or daughter. Otherwise, you might transfer your dental anxiety or expectations of discomfort. Many children learn to be afraid of the dentist, which can cause them stress when they meet a dentist for the first time. Be positive and upbeat when you talk about going to your own dentist, and your child will be more apt to do likewise.

Kids Need Cavity Checks Too!

Parents may assume that decayed “baby” teeth are not a big problem. This is a myth. Allowing a child’s first teeth to become decayed usually leads to problems when their permanent teeth erupt. Rather than ignoring signs of tooth decay in your child, make sure you visit a pediatric dentist early for routine check-ups. The pediatric dentist and hygienist will assess your child’s teeth. If your child does get a cavity, the cavity will be filled to lessen the likelihood of future decay. Sometimes, Dr. Callahan may recommend dental sealants. This preventative treatment offers an additional layer of protection against cavities.

Schedule Your Child’s First Dental Visit Today

As a mom or dad, you have plenty of influence on your child’s future dental health, hygiene, and behaviors. Introduce healthy dental habits from day one, and your child will benefit for a lifetime. Live in the Colorado Springs, CO, area? We welcome you to schedule your child’s first appointment at our practice. Give us a call to arrange a time that works best for your family.
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