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    Protect Your Young Athlete's Teeth With a Mouthguard!

    Last updated 1 day 20 hours ago

    Your child’s smile is unique and special, and it’s part of your job as a parent to instill good dental habits to preserve that smile. Kids are naturally energetic creatures, and many get involved in afterschool sports or town leagues to stay active and healthy. If you have a budding young athlete on your hands, it’s a wise idea to encourage her to wear a mouthguard during any sports with the potential for contact. Soccer, basketball, hockey, and even baseball players can benefit from wearing mouthguards. A mouthguard helps guard against potential injuries such as knocked out teeth, broken teeth, split lips, and head injuries. Your child’s dentist can fit her with a custom mouthguard made of soft plastic that’s comfortable and easy to wear.

    Don’t take chances with your child’s oral health and beautiful smile. Call KidsDental at (469) 685-1532 to schedule an appointment for a custom mouthguard fitting for your young athlete. Play it safe and keep your child’s teeth, mouth, and gums protected during sports.

    Should Your Child Get Dental Sealants?

    Last updated 5 days ago

    Dental sealants can help protect your child’s teeth against decay and cavities. There has been some controversy recently about dental sealants, however, so it’s important to be well informed. Watch this video to learn more about dental sealants for your child.

    Some children may be more prone to cavities than others, especially if there is a family history present. While some people have been concerned about certain substances in dental sealants, they are safe and typically recommended for kids to protect them against decay. Teeth can have deep grooves where toothbrush bristles won’t reach, and the sealants fill in these areas to provide a protective coating against the possibility of decay.

    Talk to your child’s dentist at KidsDental to find out if he recommends dental sealants. You can contact our Plano office at (469) 685-1532 to schedule your child’s next dental appointment. Our kid-friendly offices and staff will leave both you and your child with a happy smile.

    Your Guide to Fluoride

    Last updated 8 days ago

    Everyone deserves to have a healthy mouth and a beautiful smile. Your kids are certainly no exception, and there’s nothing quite like seeing them happy. Part of keeping your children happy is making sure they are healthy, which is why it’s important for them to visit the pediatric dentist on a regular basis. The dentist will help to keep your children’s teeth and gums healthy and can detect any potential problems that could develop. Fluoride use is another important component of oral health care—keep reading to learn more about it.

    What Fluoride Is

    Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that’s found in water and some foods. It helps to reduce tooth decay, which is why it’s sometimes added to water supplies. Though there is some minor controversy regarding the addition of fluoride to drinking water, the process is endorsed by the American Dental Association, the World Health Organization, and the American Medical Association. If you are curious about the effects of fluoride on tooth decay, ask your dentist what is right for you and your children.

    How Fluoride Works

    Baby teeth and adult teeth are all susceptible to decay. Fluoride works in two different ways to protect the teeth against the formation of cavities. As children grow, fluoride gets concentrated in their teeth and bones, making them harder. The enamel of both baby teeth and adult teeth will be harder once the teeth actually emerge. Using fluoridated toothpaste or drinking fluoridated water also hardens the enamel on adult teeth.

    How Much Is Enough

    Now that you know a little bit about fluoride and how it helps your teeth, you may be wondering how much fluoride your children should be getting. If your local water supply is fluoridated and your children use toothpaste with fluoride in it, that should be enough to lower their risk of tooth decay. However, your children’s dentist may recommend fluoride treatments depending on each child’s individual oral health needs.

    Do you have questions about your child’s dental health? Ask the friendly dentists at KidsDental during your child’s next appointment. Call us at (469) 685-1532 to experience the difference that has made us Plano’s top choice for pediatric dentistry. You can also contact us online to find out more about our dental services.

    Can Dental Sealants Help Your Child?

    Last updated 12 days ago

    As a parent, there are few things more important to you than your child’s health. Regular visits to the dentist, good at-home oral care routines, and a nutritious, balanced diet can help your child have a healthy and happy mouth. You may have questions about what else you can do to prevent your child from getting cavities or having other dental problems. Dental sealants provide a barrier to protect the teeth from decay, and can be a good idea for many children. Read on to learn more about how dental sealants can help your child.

    Cavity Protection

    When your child brushes his teeth, the toothbrush should do a good job of removing plaque and food particles from the smooth surfaces of the teeth. Teeth are not all smooth, however, and the bristles of the brush might not be able to reach all of the crevices and grooves—especially on the back premolars and molars. Since food can potentially get stuck there, it leaves those teeth more vulnerable to decay. Dental sealants can protect these hard-to-reach places by acting as a barrier between the surface of teeth and plaque.

    Easy Application

    Once adult teeth begin to erupt, it’s a good idea to have dental sealants applied. Baby teeth can sometimes get sealants, too, depending on your dentist’s recommendation. Children are vulnerable to decay and cavities into adolescence and adulthood, so it’s best to start protecting their teeth early. After the teeth receiving the sealants are cleaned, the dentist will put a solution on the teeth to help the sealant bond to the surface. The sealant is then painted onto the teeth and allowed to dry or is cured with a special light. The application process is simple, relatively quick, and completely painless, so both you and your child have no need to worry.

    KidsDental has two high-tech pediatric dental offices located in Plano and Carrollton. You can rest assured that your child will get excellent dental care, and your child will be happy to find video games, a playscape, and movies to keep him entertained while he’s here. Call us at (469) 685-1532 or visit our website to learn more about our practice.

    Which Toothpaste Is Right For Your Child?

    Last updated 15 days ago

    Brushing and flossing are important to your child’s oral health. When your child is very young, you can clean his teeth with a wet washcloth or a soft toothbrush designed for infants. As your child grows up, he’ll start being able to brush his teeth himself. Some children are reluctant to brush their teeth, often because they don’t like the taste of the toothpaste they’re using. Look for a flavor that your child enjoys so that he’s more likely to use it. Ask your pediatric dentist about when your child should start using a toothpaste with fluoride in it. Very young children may get enough fluoride from drinking water and supplements from the dentist, so find out when you should make the transition. Many companies make training toothpastes that are safe for kids who are just learning to brush their teeth on their own. Use a small amount of toothpaste until your child gets the hang of brushing and learns not to swallow the toothpaste.

    For answers to all of your questions about your child’s oral health, call KidsDental at (469) 685-1532 and schedule an appointment for your child in our Plano office. Our team of friendly dentists is dedicated to providing excellent dental care in a fun and welcoming environment.

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