How sedation dentistry from South Miami can help your child
Your child deserves a comfortable dental visit, and you as a parent, want to make sure your child isn’t stressed out. It’s important to be relaxed yourself when you bring your child to visit the dentist, because your child will pick up on how you act.
Your dentists at South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates in South Miami, FL, want to share the facts about another important way to ensure a comfortable dental appointment. They want to help you discover what sedation dentistry can do for your child.
There are many advantages to sedation dentistry for your child. Consider that sedation dentistry:
- Allows your child to fully relax and forget about the appointment
- Provides a more comfortable experience for you too
- Allows your dentist to get more accomplished because your child is comfortable; this means less time out of your busy schedule and less anxiety about future appointments for your child.
There are several levels of sedation available, including:
- Oral conscious sedation, which allows your child to be slightly relaxed but able to answer questions; this sedation is usually in pill form which can be swallowed or dissolved under the tongue.
- Inhaled conscious sedation, which allows your child to be more deeply relaxed; this sedation is a combination of oxygen and nitrous oxide which your child will breathe in through a nosepiece. Inhaled conscious sedation can be combined with oral sedation to promote even deeper relaxation.
- Intravenous sedation, which allows your child to be deeply sedated or asleep; this sedation is liquid medication delivered through an IV tube into a vein. Effects are immediate and profound.
Dental sedation is a safe and comfortable way to ensure a great experience for your child. Your child doesn’t need to suffer the anxiety of a dental appointment or the potential for discomfort from needed dental treatment. For more information about dental anxiety and sedation treatment please visit the pediatric sedation page on the website at http://www.miamichildrensdentist.com/pediatric-sedation.html.
Don’t postpone your child’s necessary pediatric dental treatment. Call your dentists at South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates in South Miami, FL. Schedule a visit for your child by calling today!
Your child’s health and wellbeing are your top priorities. However, being uninformed in regards to your child’s dental health and being unaware of how pediatric dentistry works can be detrimental to your child’s oral and general health. Find out when your child should start seeing your South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates dentist in South Miami, FL.
When should my child start seeing their dentist?
Children should visit the dentist for the first time when their first tooth erupts or they reach their first birthday. This rule of thumb ensures that your child’s teeth are healthy and clean, and also helps promote a positive relationship between the child and their dentist to quell any dental anxiety before it begins.
What can I expect at my child’s first dental appointment?
The first appointment will act more as an introduction than a dental examination, though you can expect the dentist to take a look inside baby’s mouth. This appointment also serves as an important resource for you as a parent to ask questions and voice concerns you may have moving forward in caring for your child’s smile. Your child’s dentist will also talk with you about the proper way to care for your child’s teeth.
Caring for Your Child’s Teeth in South Miami, FL
Caring for your child’s teeth at home begins well before their first appointment. As an infant, use a damp, soft cloth to wipe the baby’s gums after meals to remove bacteria. As soon as you see your baby’s first tooth, begin brushing it twice daily with a soft toothbrush. When the teeth grow close enough together to touch, begin flossing between each tooth at least once a day. Finally, be sure to commit to a strict schedule of twice-yearly dental appointments for regular examinations and cleanings.
For more information on pediatric dentistry, please contact the pediatric dentists at South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates in South Miami, FL. Call (305) 666-2068 to schedule your child’s dental examination and cleaning today!
Visiting the dentist regularly is an important part of maintaining good oral health, especially for children. Keeping your children’s primary or baby teeth healthy with good early oral hygiene leads to healthier permanent teeth. You can help you children develop good dental habits at an early age by teaching them proper oral hygiene at home and by scheduling regular dental visits with a pediatric dentist. South Miami Pediatric Dental Association is your South Miami, FL, pediatric dentist’s office.
Early Oral Hygiene Habits
You can encourage your children to develop good oral hygiene habits at an early age by assisting them with brushing their teeth twice a day for about two minutes each time. Up until three years of age, young children can begin with a fluoride-free training toothpaste and switch to a regular toothpaste with fluoride after age three. Beyond helping your kids to brush daily and floss as needed, an integral part of developing good oral hygiene early on is scheduling regular dental visits with your South Miami pediatric dentist.
Childhood Dental Visits
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, children as young as one year can visit the dentist. In general, children should see a dentist within six months of their first tooth coming in, which usually occurs at about age six months. Taking your child to a pediatric dentist is a good choice since they specialize in working with kids. Pediatric dentists are good at easing children’s anxiety about dental visits and help your child feel more relaxed about visiting the dentist.
As mentioned, scheduling regular dental visits for your child helps promote good oral hygiene habits. Like annual checkups with a pediatrician, when dental visits are part of their normal routine children begin to recognize the importance of those visits in maintaining good health. Further, kids who have regularly seen a dentist throughout childhood tend to continue visiting the dentist regularly as adults. By scheduling regular dental visits you’ll help your child maintain good oral hygiene, as well as develop life-long healthy dental habits.
Teaching your children the importance of good oral hygiene at an early age can help them develop good dental habits for life. Regular visits to a pediatric dentist helps promote good oral hygiene in your children. To schedule a dental appointment for your child, call South Miami Pediatric Dental Association, your South Miami, FL, pediatric dentists, at (305) 666-2068.
Dental anxiety affects almost 20% of school-aged children. This unfortunate and challenging situation, while common, can hinder your child’s dental health. However, you can learn how to best manage your child’s anxiety about the dentist with help from your pediatric dentists at South Miami Pediatric Dental Association in South Miami, FL.
Understanding Dental Anxiety
Often, dental anxiety in children comes from a mix-up of their normal daily routine. Children flourish within a solid routine, and seeing the dentist can throw them off of that norm. Additionally, children tend to have irrational fears, and, unfortunately, the dentist is sometimes one of them. However, there are some handy guidelines for helping your child understand that the dentist is a friend, not a foe.
How can I help my child overcome their fear of the dentist?
One of the greatest things you can do as a parent for a child who is scared of the dentist is to fill them with information. Understanding their procedure and what will happen when they sit down in the dentist’s chair is incredibly helpful for quelling fears. Explain what a dental drill sounds like or explain to them the type of pressure or vibration they will feel during their procedure. Your dentist can help lead your child through some relaxation techniques like deep breathing exercises or muscle relaxation can also help your child relax during their procedure. Reinforcing good behavior with small treats or toys helps build a positive relationship with the dentist’s office.
Types of Pediatric Sedation
When more conservative methods do not quell your child’s anxiety, sedation dentistry may help. Sedatives come in various strength levels and can be administered orally, through gas, or intravenously. Inhalation sedation, often called “laughing gas” is common to help children relax while staying awake and alert. Intravenous sedation is usually stronger, keeping your child awake but extremely relaxed. Your dentist can help you determine which level of sedation is best for your child and their anxiety.
Regular Examinations and Cleanings in South Miami, FL
Overcoming dental anxiety is crucial in a child’s oral health. Regular examinations and cleanings twice yearly can help your child’s dental and general health. These examinations are a chance to spot and treat dental conditions early. They also give your dentist the chance to ensure your child hits their growth markers on time. Regular cleanings help prevent dental conditions like gum disease and tooth decay, thus preventing procedures like fillings or root canals.
For more information on dental anxiety or what you can do about it, please contact Dr. Mark S. Webman, Dr. Mario J. Martinez and Dr. Rebecca Lenard at South Miami Pediatric Dental Association in South Miami, FL. Call (305) 666-2068 to schedule your child’s regular dental examination and cleaning today!
A stray ball or an errant elbow can do a significant amount of damage to your child's teeth and mouth. Mark Webman, D.D.S.; Mario Martinez, D.D.S.; and Rebecca Lenard, D.D.S.; your South Miami, FL, pediatric dentists at South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates, are here to explain how you can protect your child's teeth from sports injuries.
What's the best way to prevent injuries?
Help your child avoid injuries by insisting that he or she wear a mouthguard during practices and games. These flexible plastic dental appliances absorb the force of a blow, preventing or reducing damage to the teeth, lips, jaw and face. Without a mouthguard, your child is at increased risk of experiencing a loosened or knocked out tooth, a jaw injury or cuts to the mouth or face.
Are all mouthguards the same?
Some children balk at the idea of wearing mouthguards, particularly if they've only worn ready-to-wear and boil-and-bite models obtained at sporting goods stores. We don't blame them. Those mouthguards can be uncomfortable, and if the guard is uncomfortable, your child is less likely to wear it consistently.
Store-bought mouthguards may not fit that well, even if you buy the boil-and-bite types. Your child's pediatric dentist offers mouthguards that are much more comfortable because they're designed to fit your child and only your child. The dentist makes an impression of your child's mouth to ensure a perfect fit. Since custom mouthguards are made of a lighter material than sporting good store versions, you're less likely to hear complaints about comfort.
Mouthguard wear is particularly important if your child wears braces, as a blow to the face can not only damage the braces, but also cause mouth lacerations. Your child's pediatric dentist offers special mouthguards made just for braces.
Who should wear mouthguards?
Most children who participate in any type of sport can benefit from mouthguards. Although you probably associate them with sports like football, field hockey, soccer and basketball, they're equally important if your child skateboards, skis, or participates in gymnastics or martial arts.
Could your child benefit from a custom mouthguard? Call Drs. Webman, Martinez and Lenard, your South Miami, FL, pediatric dentists at South Miami Pediatric Dental Assoc. at (305) 666-2068 to schedule an appointment.
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