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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]
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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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Healthy Kids, Healthy Gums

A child’s smile is one of the most beautiful sights in the world. Healthy smiles start with healthy kids and healthy gums. An important key to a child’s oral health starts with the basics – daily brushing and flossing. At Springs Pediatric Dental Care, Dr. Clinton Callahan and his staff take pride in serving Colorado Springs families, and they are trained in the latest techniques that help children and teenagers develop the habits now that can help them avoid gum disease and maintain healthy gums and teeth for years to come. It is no surprise that most of us do not think about a child or teen fighting gum disease, but we want to equip kids and parents with the facts. During your child’s visit, Dr. Callahan and our team of professionals will explain and demonstrate how kids should properly brush and floss their teeth each day to avoid gum disease. These preventative steps can produce better overall oral health and help your child develop healthy habits that can last for a lifetime.

From Plaque to Disease

Gum disease is a common condition, and many people experience it. The condition begins with a build-up of plaque, which is a filmy substance left behind by foods that are starchy or contain sugar. Plaque clings to the teeth, and the bacteria in plaque that collects on teeth and gums can cause damage over time. Plaque can be removed by thorough daily brushing and flossing, so it is especially important to remind children and teens to brush their teeth twice every day. When plaque collects on the base of your teeth, it can turn into tartar – a hardened coating of plaque. Brushing will not remove tartar; it must be removed by a dental professional. Plaque can also cause gingivitis. Take note if you notice your child has any of these common symptoms of gum disease:
  • Swollen or bloated gums
  • Reddish or purple-ish colored gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Gums that pull back or recede, making teeth look longer
  • Noticeable new gaps between teeth
  • Ongoing bad breath
  • It hurts to chew
  • Teeth become loose
  • Changes in the bite (teeth do not align well anymore)
It is important to schedule regular checkups with Dr. Callahan, especially if you think your child might have signs of gum disease. He can evaluate the health of your child’s gums and recommended the right steps for treatment. The good news is, the effects of gum disease can be treated and potentially reversed with proper dental cleanings and consistent oral hygiene at home. As children and teenagers grow, we understand that their dental needs change. Dr. Callahan and the team at Springs Pediatric Dental Care know exactly what young patients need to cultivate the right habits and ensure their oral health stays on the right track. We take special care to put patients at ease. Parents, we want you to be involved and informed at each step in the process, so you and your child know exactly what to expect.


Contact us or call 719-265-9600 today and plan your child’s next visit. We want to make your next appointment a pleasant experience, and we welcome you to visit our office located at 13335 Voyager Parkway, Suite 100, in Colorado Springs, CO. 80921. Every day we serve our community by providing caring, professional children’s dentistry. We want patients and parents alike to enjoy their visit to our office, and we look forward to welcoming you at your next appointment.
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