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Redmond Kids Dentistry September 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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Playing Pretend Can Get Kids Excited to See Their Dentist
There's a lot that goes on at a dental office, and this might be scary or confusing for your child. If your child is a bit unsure of what going to the dentist involves, consider playing a game of make-believe dental office to help familiarize them with what will happen at their appointment. Children often love playing pretend, and this can be a strategy to help your child feel ready to see the dentist.

How Pretend Can Make the Dentist More Fun

Your child may not fully understand why they need to go to the dentist or what all is involved during a cleaning or exam. They may even feel scared, but you can show your child that visiting the dentist can be a fun experience. Consider letting your child pretend to be a dentist, and you can act as the patient, letting them take a toothbrush and count your teeth. This is something that happens during early dental visits, so this can be a fun way to introduce them to the concept.

During this time, it will be a great opportunity to discuss what will happen during their appointment, such as opening their mouth wide, having their teeth checked for cavities, and getting their teeth cleaned. Let them know that this is similar to why we brush our teeth every morning and night, and visiting the dentist will help keep their teeth healthy and strong.

Visiting the dentist does not have to be a scary or unpleasant experience. If your child is nervous or unsure, taking steps beforehand to alleviate their anxiety can help their future dental visits be more successful. If have questions about how to make your child's visit go smoothly, contact our office today, and we will be happy to help!

Baby Teeth Need Cavities Filled, Too
By bringing your child to the dentist, you help them to establish proper dental habits at an early age. During an exam, we may find an issue, such as a cavity, in your child's baby teeth. Even though the tooth will eventually fall out, the cavity still needs to be filled to prevent the spread of decay. This may seem like an unnecessary step, but it can help keep your child's smile healthy in the long-run.

Filling baby teeth is important. It helps keep both the current tooth and the socket healthy for the adult teeth that will be coming in soon. If you don't fill a baby tooth, the tooth decay can spread, harming nearby teeth. However, this can be avoided by filling the baby tooth.

Why Toothpicks Need to Stay Out of Your Mouth
After eating out at a restaurant, do you find yourself grabbing a toothpick to chew on? If so, then this is a habit you need to break. Did you know that toothpicks send about 9,000 people to the ER annually? Chewing on a toothpick could result in damage to your gums or teeth due to the sharp points, or it could hurt your mouth if the toothpick breaks.

Instead of chewing on a toothpick, floss your teeth if something gets stuck. If you need something to chew on after a meal, consider a Xylitol-based gum instead. Both of these are better options than having a toothpick in your mouth!

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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