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Redmond Kids Dentistry March 2017 Newsletter
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Our treatment philosophy centers around each child's individual needs and concerns to create a gentle and caring approach that works for that child. We firmly believe that a positive, enjoyable dental experience will help children build confidence and knowledge that will create a lifetime of great dental health.
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What to Expect at the First Visit to the Dentist
During their first visit to the dentist, it is expected for some children to feel a bit nervous about the experience. Prepare your child for their first dental visit by telling them a little about what a dental visit is like and how important regular visits are to their health. Here is what you and your child should expect during their first dental appointment.

The first time your child sees the dentist should be right around their first birthday. Starting the process early will allow your child to get used to visiting the dentist, and it will allow us get a baseline to evaluate their dental development in the future. If your child's first appointment is when they are much older than one year old, their first visit is to help them see the dentist as non-threatening, and it will help us understand your child's current dental health. Ideally, you want to make the appointment as early in the day as you can, since kids tend to be better listeners during this portion of the day.

While we are evaluating your child's teeth and overall dental health, we may do a minor cleaning if your child is being especially cooperative. However, this visit is more about starting the relationship off positively, so there won't be too much pressure on your child to cooperate.

If you aren't sure what to say to prepare your child for this visit, ask the office when you call to set up the appointment. It can help make your preparations go more smoothly and their first appointment go off without a problem.

Knowing When to Call the Pediatric Dentist After an Injury
If your child falls down and their teeth were injured, it can be a very nerve-wracking time. You worry that their teeth were damaged and that it could hurt their mouth long-term. If you aren't sure what to do, here are a few pointers.

• If you see blood, get it under control and call the pediatric dentist for an appointment.
• When teeth are knocked loose or knocked out, call a pediatric dentist.
• If there was only a bump to the mouth that didn't lead to swelling, bleeding, or tooth disruption, you probably won't need to see the pediatric dentist on an urgent basis.

When you aren't sure if the injury to your child warrants a visit to the pediatric dentist immediately, call our office. Explain what happened, and we can help you decide the best course of action!

Can You Brush Too Often?
You may hear that you are supposed to brush after each meal, but then there also is the recommendation to brush twice per day. So which is it? While brushing twice a day is a good habit, brushing too often can wear down the enamel, making your teeth more sensitive and more at risk for injury or decay.

Make sure you brush your teeth once each morning, ideally right when you get up. Then, make sure to brush your teeth and floss right before going to bed each night. That way, when you go to sleep, there’s nothing left in your mouth to harm your teeth while you sleep. During the day, simply rinsing with some water or eating foods that naturally clean teeth can be enough reduce your risk of decay.

Our treatment philosophy centers around each child's individual needs and concerns to create a gentle and caring approach that works for that child. We firmly believe that a positive, enjoyable dental experience will help children build confidence and knowledge that will create a lifetime of great dental health.



Redmond Kids Dentistry | www.redmondkidsdentistry.com | (425) 558-4562
16650 NE 79th Street, Suite 100, Redmond, WA 98052



 

 

 
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