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Redmond Kids Dentistry May 2018 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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Top Ways of Addressing Dental Anxiety in Kids
Some kids really love going in to see their dentist, while other kids are very nervous about this idea. They may be anxious for any number of reasons, so if your children get nervous about going to the dentist, then it is important that you know how to best address that feeling. Here are a few ideas that can make the process a little easier.

When your child is nervous, please do not hesitate to speak with our office directly. We have a lot of experience working with patient anxiety, and we can provide suggestions on how to help your child feel less nervous at a dental appointment. If you want your child to hear from us directly, schedule an appointment where the only thing that happens is your child gets to speak with us. They can ask questions, talk about what makes them nervous, or explain their reservations without judgment. You can also look up the types of procedures your child may have since not knowing might be the cause of anxiety. Sometimes simply learning about what is going on can really help.

Don't be afraid to reach out to our office if your child is nervous about their appointment or uncertain about dental hygiene. We are there to help your child understand how to care for their mouth and the impact that a healthy mouth has on the rest of their body. Together we can help your child understand the benefits of regular dental visits and maintain good dental health.

Caring for Your Child's Mouth Guard or Retainer
We recommend that children wear retainers or mouth guards in order to keep their teeth protected when playing sports. This year, use the following tips to care for your child’s appliance to prolong its life:

•  Encourage your child to avoid chewing on their mouth guard or clenching their teeth around it.
•  Wash out their mouth guard with some cold water after each use. Also scrub it out with a soft brush and antibacterial soap.
•  Store the mouth guard or retainer in a dry container that provides for some air circulation.
•  Keep your child's mouth guard in a cool room rather than a steamy bathroom where the plastic could warp.


If you have any questions about caring for your child's new mouth appliance, contact our office. We're here to help!

Do You Brush for the Right Amount of Time?
Have you ever timed yourself brushing? Most people brush for too little time each day. The average time is just over a minute, when in actuality, you should be brushing for two full minutes. Ideally, you want to stop somewhere between two and three minutes. This should include brushing your teeth for two minutes, then taking the extra time to brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth. If you do not brush long enough, it could leave your teeth exposed to bacteria and debris, which can lead to tooth decay. Make sure to time yourself next time you brush to make sure you are doing it long enough.

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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