We Teach Children About Oral Health Habits
Serving Greenville, Frisco, Melissa, sachse and Irving, TX
Learning how to achieve and maintain a healthy smile is very important, and we enjoy starting early with our young patients here at Texas Tiny Teeth Pediatric & Orthodontics. Our doctors and our dedicated staff prioritize education at every opportunity, starting from the very first appointment. If you and your child are ready to get started, don’t hesitate to give us a call in Greenville, Melissa, Sachse, Frisco or Irving TX! Five convenient office locations are available to make quality pediatric care well within your family’s reach.
Although there are countless general dentists out there who treat patients of all ages, parents and their children can look forward to an extra-special, personalized experience here at our offices. As a children’s specialist, our doctors excel at helping our patients feel at ease and right at home. Plus, he has all of the pediatric information you need to know as your child grows, including the following:
- When your child is still a baby and has no erupted teeth, take a few seconds to gently clean their gum tissue with a washcloth after they’ve eaten.
- Once your child has their first “baby” tooth, it’s a good idea to buy a toothbrush that’s designed for a small patient. These toothbrushes are typically softer in nature. Add a very small (about the size of a pea) amount of toothpaste, and carefully brush the tooth.
- Once they’re old enough to understand how to brush and floss on their own, our team can help you provide proper instructions! However, we strongly suggest that parents monitor their children’s brushing habits and help out when needed until they reach the ages of seven or eight.
Of course, young patients are very likely to become nervous when faced with visiting the dentist’s office for the first time. Take a look at these additional tips for how to make their time spent here as enjoyable and headache-free as possible!
- Before your son or daughter attends their first checkup, it might be a good idea to bring them into the office for a quick visit! Our staff members can meet them and show them around, helping them feel comfortable with the space and all its fun touches early on.
- If they have a treasured blanket, toy, or other “comfort” item, let it tag along on the trip. If they become nervous or agitated, that item will most likely help them feel at ease once more.
- Play “dentist” at home! Instruct your son or daughter to sit back in a chair and open their mouth so you can “inspect” it just like our doctors would. It’s also fun to switch positions and let them pretend to be the dentist.
- Children are more perceptive than we often think they are, and if you (the parent) has negative emotions about the dentist, it can be easy for them to pick up on it and even inherit that approach. Stay as positive as possible!
Special Needs Patients
As a pediatric specialist, our doctors have plenty of experience working with all kinds of children, and that includes those who have special needs that need unique accommodations. Our whole team loves seeing these patients, and we look forward to giving them the friendly, personalized approach they need to smile with confidence. We will also be sure to educate family members and/or caregivers on the right techniques for ensuring personal oral hygiene over the years, as some patients will not be able to brush and floss on their own at any point.
One common children’s dentistry service we find ourselves recommending often is a space maintainer. If your son or daughter ends up losing a “baby” teeth earlier than normal, a space maintainer can help keep this space in their smile open for the permanent tooth that’s still developing under the gum line. Otherwise, the surrounding teeth may begin to shift in an effort to fill that space, which could require more involved orthodontic treatment later on in life.