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    Your Guide to Fluoride

    Last updated 8 hours 40 minutes 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 4 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 7 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.

    Teach Children Better Brushing Habits With This App!

    Last updated 11 days ago

    Not every child looks forward to brushing her teeth, which can be frustrating for parents. Now, with the help of the Time2Brush app for iOS, teeth-brushing time can be fun and interactive. Keep reading to learn how this app can help you and your family.

    Dentists recommend that kids brush their teeth for two minutes per session, but that can be hard to enforce. Time2Brush times kids as they brush their teeth, and even tells them when to switch from one part of their mouth to another. Thanks to a fun character known as a “Nurdle,” kids can personalize their brushing experience and gain points every time they finish brushing. Points are used to buy clothes and accessories for the Nurdle, and there’s a song that’s fun to sing along to for both kids and adults.

    Use Time2Brush as part of your family’s daily dental hygiene routine, and your child may just change her tune about brushing her teeth. Contact KidsDental in Plano at (469) 685-1532 to learn more about our pediatric dentistry practice or to make an appointment to keep your child’s smile healthy.

    Make Sure Your Child Is Ready to Go Back to School With a Dental Exam!

    Last updated 14 days ago

    Fall is in the air, which means it is back-to-school season for you and your family. As you get your child ready for school by buying new clothes, school supplies, and a new backpack, don’t forget to schedule his back-to-school dental exam. Good dental health is a lifelong journey, and it’s never too early to start teaching your child lessons about oral hygiene. Regular visits to the dentist are an important part of a good oral health routine, so get your child ready for a new school year with a dental exam.

    What to Expect

    Strong, healthy teeth and gums are an asset for your child, which is one of the reasons it’s so important to visit the dentist regularly. During your child’s dental visit, the dentist or hygienist will perform a thorough cleaning and polishing, and may take x-rays if necessary. X-rays will show how your child’s teeth are developing and can help your dental team spot any potential problems. Your child’s dentist may recommend pre-orthodontic treatment as a precursor to braces in adolescence, and will check for bite alignment issues.

    What You’ll Hear

    Depending on how old your child is, the dentist may want to consult with both of you towards the end of the appointment. As your child gets older, he’ll be able to take responsibility for his oral health by eating a good diet low in sugars and wearing a mouthguard during contact sports. In the meantime, it’s up to you as a parent to listen to your child’s dentist and guide your child on the path to good oral health. The dentist will bring up any potential concerns or areas to watch out for, and may make recommendations for how to reduce the risk of tooth decay. Your child’s smile is precious, and your dentist wants to help keep it healthy.

    KidsDental in Plano is happy to provide pediatric dentistry services. Call us at (469) 685-1532 to schedule your child’s back-to-school dental exam. Our friendly staff members will make sure that you and your family are comfortable and cared for while you’re with us.



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