Last updated 3 days ago
Proper alignment is essential for a healthy smile! When teeth are not properly aligned, it can be more difficult to keep them clean. This leads to plaque buildup, tooth decay, and potential cavities. Luckily, proper alignment is easy to obtain when you work with the right orthodontist.
Malocclusion refers to misaligned teeth. There are three different types of malocclusions that orthodontists may notice. Class 1 occurs when the upper teeth slightly overlap the lower teeth. This is often caused by crooked or overcrowded teeth that do not have the proper amount of room. Class 2 occurs when the upper teeth noticeably overlap the lower teeth. This is known as an overbite. Class 3 occurs when the lower teeth noticeably overlap the upper teeth. This is known as an underbite. Malocclusions may be hereditary or caused by thumb sucking, pacifier use, injuries, or ill-fitting dental devices.
Kids Dental can help you learn more about malocclusions and orthodontic treatment. Contact us at (469) 685-1532 to schedule an appointment for your child and get an orthodontic treatment plan started.
Last updated 6 days ago
You should brush at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. We all know these dental tips—but our children may not! Working with a pediatric dentist to teach your child about good dental habits will help her take responsibility for her own health as she gets older. Use these tips to encourage good dental habits:
Start Good Habits Early
One of the easiest ways to keep children healthy is to make health a priority from the beginning! Parents are responsible for keeping their children’s teeth clean and healthy before children are old enough to tackle this responsibility on their own. Learn how to properly care for your child’s teeth and make sure she is aware of the importance of good dental hygiene when she is old enough to brush and floss.
Making Dental Hygiene Fun
Children love having fun. That is why it is a good idea to make dental hygiene as fun as possible. Look for your child’s favorite character or colors when choosing a new toothbrush and find toothpaste with flavors your child is sure to enjoy. Make sure your child brushes her teeth for the proper amount of time by listening to one of her favorite songs!
Be a Good Role Model
Parents teach their children a number of important lessons. This includes maintaining a healthy dental hygiene routine. Your child looks to you for guidance, making it important for you to keep your teeth and gums healthy and bright. If your child sees you brushing and flossing regularly, she will be more likely to follow these healthy habits.
Choose a Great Pediatric Dentist
Dentists help us on our quest to keep teeth as healthy and beautiful as possible. Choosing a friendly and knowledgeable children’s dentist is essential for encouraging your child to practice good dental habits. You, your child, and your child’s dentist can all work together to maintain the best health possible.
Find the pediatric dental care your child needs here at Kids Dental. Discover our children’s dental services by taking a look at our website or giving us a call at (469) 685-1532. Let us help you brush up on children’s dental needs!
Last updated 10 days ago
Brush, brushy-brush! Those are some of the lyrics of Elmo’s awesome Brushy Brush song. This fun and fast-paced tune is perfect for teaching children how to properly brush their teeth. Children can also learn how long to brush their teeth by listening to one of their favorite Elmo songs.
Watch this video to hear the Brushy Brush song for yourself. Elmo is a beloved character that always knows what to do, which is why he is sharing this mouth healthy advice with all of his friends and fans. Show your child the Brushy Brush song to encourage better dental hygiene habits.
Keep the fun going by choosing the friendly and inviting team here at Kids Dental. Our children’s dentist makes oral hygiene fun; giving children the tools they need to keep healthy smiles. Learn more by calling us at (469) 685-1532.
Last updated 13 days ago
The team here at Kids Dental offers a variety of services to help children maintain healthy and beautiful smiles. We also offer orthodontic treatment to give children proper bites that can lead to healthier teeth and gums. Prepare for your child’s braces by checking out these common terms:
Patients have numerous adjustment appointments during their treatment time. Dentists or orthodontists must adjust the braces to put teeth closer to the proper position. Every adjustment appointment brings the patient’s teeth closer to the position they will fill once the treatment is done.
Traditional metal braces feature a metal wire known as the archwire. This device connects all of the teeth. Dentists adjust the archwire in order to gradually move the position of the teeth.
During this type of orthodontic treatment, individual brackets are firmly placed onto each tooth. These brackets are also attached to the archwire and they are responsible for moving the teeth when kid’s dentists adjust their archwire.
This dental term is not exclusive to braces, but it is an important part of maintaining healthy teeth during orthodontic treatment. Patients must learn how to properly brush their teeth while wearing braces to remove plaque buildup and keep teeth and gums as healthy as possible.
It is also important for patients to learn how to floss properly while wearing braces. Dentists often advise patients against eating certain foods that can get caught between teeth, but it is still essential to floss daily for the best health and treatment. Ask for a floss helper for an easier experience.
Once orthodontic treatment is complete, patients receive retainers to help them maintain their teeth’s new position. Patients may have one or two retainers that they can wear on their top and bottom teeth when they sleep. This prevents teeth from moving back to where they were in the mouth before treatment started.
Discover everything else you need to know about braces from the experts here at Kids Dental. Contact us at (469) 685-1532 to learn about our kid’s dental and orthodontic treatments that can help your child.
Last updated 19 days ago
Is your child resisting your requests to brush his teeth or eat his vegetables? It may be the result of your own oral hygiene habits. Children often mimic the actions of their parents, so to protect your child’s teeth and gums from decay and disease, you must set a good example for him. These tips can put both you and your child on the road to having strong oral health.
Eat Teeth-Friendly Foods
Tooth decay and gum disease often begin with what you eat. A diet high in starch and sugar makes it easy for bacteria to produce acids that attack tooth enamel and form dangerous plaque. If you often snack on potato chips, candy, and other unhealthy foods, your child may want to do the same. To establish healthy eating habits for your family, prepare and dine on low-fat dairy products, whole grains, and fresh fruits and vegetables.
Brush and Floss Every Day
Daily brushing and flossing are essential activities for a healthy and beautiful smile. However, if you often overlook your hygiene needs, your child might assume that brushing and flossing are flexible requirements for good oral health. The best way to encourage a consistent cleaning schedule is to brush and floss your teeth with your child so that he can see firsthand how important these habits are for dental wellbeing.
Keep Up with Your Dental Visits
Show your child that dental checkups are mandatory for oral health. If you want him to see a pediatric dentist at least twice a year, you too should keep up with your own dental appointments. Not only does going to the dentist demonstrate to your child the importance of professional care, but it can also help him establish a trusting relationship with his pediatric dentist.
Kids Dental can make dental care easy, fun, and painless for children. To make an appointment with a pediatric dentist, call us at (469) 685-1532. You can also visit our website to find out more about the full range of services that we provide to families in Grapevine, Plano, Coppell, and the surrounding communities.