As you go through your holiday shopping list and check it twice, make sure you remember to get stocking stuffers for your family! The most common stocking stuffers that our patients get for their kids are small toys, candy, and jewelry–things small enough to fit. But if you’re looking to get more unique and tooth-friendly gifts this year, North Royalton Pediatric Dentistry has some great ideas!
It can be a challenge to encourage your child to brush regularly, but we think a unique toothbrush of their very own can help! Colgate and other brands offer toothbrushes themed after your child’s favorite cartoons and movies–from Frozen to Paw Patrol, there are many options that your child is sure to love. Some of these toothbrushes even sing, so your child can time their brushing!
It’s no secret that kids love sweet things, so they may struggle with your common toothpaste flavors. But, you can get flavored toothpastes from Colgate! These toothpastes are still ADA approved, and will work just as hard to clean your child’s teeth. One of our favorite flavors is strawberry!
If your child loves creating, try including a small craft kit in their stocking. Lots of stores offer tiny crafts like puzzles, plants, paints, and even sewing kits that are just for kids! You can even make a family night out of it, where each child creates an ornament out of their crafting kit, so they can include it on the tree next year.
Healthier Holiday Treats
It’s easy to find candy canes and M&Ms, but these treats are full of sugar and can cause decay in little teeth. Your pediatric dentist recommends you try including dark-chocolate covered nuts and dried fruit. The dark chocolate has less sugar than milk chocolate, and nuts are a great source of protein. Both the chocolate-covered treats and dried fruit have less sugar than the more common candy, and they are still festive and full of flavor.
We hope you enjoy these stocking stuffer ideas, and we also want to wish you a very happy holiday and new year! We appreciate and love each of our patients, and can’t wait to ring in a new year with you and your family! If you need to schedule a dental appointment for your child before the end of the year, give us a call today.
It’s October, and Halloween will be here sooner than you know it. Your kids may already have their costumes ready for the big night! Between trick or treating, school, and community parties, you and your kids will have plenty of candy to go around!
We all know that candy is not good for your teeth, but we also want your family to enjoy the holiday and the treats that are coming your way. Your North Royalton pediatric dentist has three tips to keep your kids’ teeth healthy, while also keeping the fun of Halloween.
Brush After Treats
Regular brushing and flossing can help keep cavities at bay. But, with kids eating more candy, it’s important that they brush their teeth after they finish their treats. To make it more convenient, we recommend you establish a time when the kids need to finish eating treats every day, and brush their teeth after.
Make A Candy Plan
To avoid Candy Overload, we recommend you plan out candy consumption ahead of time. After trick-or-treating or any parties where they get candy, have your kids select their favorites and get rid of the rest. You could also limit your child to a certain amount of pieces each day. This will teach your child self-control, and will also keep their teeth healthier!
Halloween doesn’t just have to be about the candy! There are lots of fall-themed treats that are spooky, yummy, and are better for your teeth. Try these recipes for some fun snacks that aren’t candy. On that note, you can give your child the choice to either keep their candy and divide it out over the year, or exchange some or all of it for a toy or an experience they’ve been wanting.
Halloween is a great time of year to indulge in sweets and scares. But you don’t need to be scared about your child’s dental health! Just follow these few tips, make sure they’re brushing and flossing twice a day, and schedule a check-up with North Royalton Pediatric Dentistry. We will be happy to answer any of your questions. Give us a call today!
It’s almost time for another school year to begin and you want your child to be ready. You want them to feel confident, right? Those first couple weeks of school are pretty important. They can set a tone for the rest of the school year. Your North Royalton pediatric dentist wants to help your kids establish good dental hygiene early on in life. Brushing and flossing daily are important but regular dental checkups at our office are just as important.
Pediatric dental care ensures that your child’s first teeth stay healthy and free of decay and other dental diseases. Good oral hygiene starts early. There are so many benefits to go see a pediatric dentist for these important checkups. Here are just a few:
Establish Good Habits
Good habits now lead to strong healthy habits later on in adulthood. Using a pediatric dentist for their oral care needs will help ensure that your child has a long lasting habit of taking care of their teeth and gums. It’s a perfect time of year to establish good habits. Let visiting North Royalton Pediatric Dentistry be one of them.
Centered Around Children
Pediatric dentists have the unique opportunity to build their offices around the patients that they most often see, Children! Waiting areas will often feature more fun options for children that are waiting for their visit with the dentist. Your pediatric dentist’s office might actually become a place that your child looks forward to visiting. More important than even the surroundings are that pediatric dentists are trained and experienced in dealing with children and are there to help you establish a positive and long lasting relationship between your child and their oral care habits. It’s such a positive and happy experience to start your child’s school year off at a place that is centered around children and their needs.
Taking your child to the dentist helps teach responsibility. When a child goes to the dentist and has been eating a little too many sweets most likely they will hear about it through an x-ray or feel it as a cavity is forming. When children are faced with the consequences or rewards for their actions, usually behavior change accordingly. School requires responsibility to accomplish goals that they set. Visiting the dentist office regularly can help establish that same kind of responsibility early on in their life.
Start your child’s school year off on the right track helping them to feel happy and confident in themselves. Schedule a checkup from your North Royalton pediatric dentist to make sure that their smile is as healthy as can be.
A child’s smile is one of the most beautiful things you can see everyday. Your child deserves to have a beautiful smile and you can make that smile last longer and stay healthy using dental sealants. As adults we have learned to brush and floss as part of our daily routine. Kids, on the other hand, have not perfected their brushing and flossing skills yet. This means they are more likely to get cavities. Dental Sealants are a great way for you and your children to have a higher level of protection. These sealants act as a barrier to prevent cavities by adding and extra layer of protection against acids and plaque build up.
How Do You Get Dental Sealants?
At your child’s next dental appointment, your North Royalton pediatric dentist can easily apply dental sealants to your child’s teeth. First, the pediatric dentist cleans the teeth and applies a gel that prepares the teeth for the sealant. We then remove the gel and paint a thin layer of sealant on the tooth. The dentist uses a special blue light that hardens the sealant into place. The whole process of getting sealants is painless and takes only a few minutes to apply.
Who Can Get Dental Sealants?
Any member of your family can get sealants. Children and teenagers are the best candidates for the sealants because they are more likely to get cavities, however adults can get them too. So the earlier you can have dental sealants applied the better. Your pediatric dentist of North Royalton Pediatric Dentistry advises that brushing and flossing is still a necessary part of your teeth cleaning routine, but having sealants are a great addition to better protect your child’s’ smile.
What are the Benefits?
Dental sealants are great for kids because they are safe and last for years. The sealants are durable and comfortable for everyday chewing and speaking. After you have the sealants applied, the dentist will take time to check them during your regularly scheduled appointments. The sealants act as an extra layer of protection for your teeth so food can’t get stuck in the grooves and cause cavities. North Royalton Pediatric Dentistry makes the sealants cost-effective for you and your children. Having sealants applied now will save you money by preventing future dental problems. Make sure you mention that you are interested in dental sealants at your next appointment. Schedule an appointment with us today!
Being a parent can be so rewarding, but also has some major challenges. We are in charge of these tiny little humans, trying to help them become the best little versions of themselves. Some things come more naturally for them like eating and walking, but they still need some assistance from us.
One thing that usually doesn’t come naturally for children is brushing their teeth. This is something they learn from you. They watch almost every little move you make. Everything you do and say they are taking in. We know as parents and guardians that it is important to be a good example to our kids. Sometimes we may do all that we can and they still don’t follow our example and that can be frustrating. Having a child that doesn’t want to brush their teeth is a very common problem in many households. So take comfort in knowing you are not alone in this frustration!
Your North Royalton pediatric dentist has some tips that can encourage your child to take care of their teeth:
Give a Reward
Giving your child a reward for brushing can be very effective, especially when they are first learning how to brush on their own. The reward that works best will depend on your child’s age and interests. You know what your child likes and what motivates him or her so base your reward on that. But only give it after they brush consistently. They will be brushing in no time! But, make sure that the reward isn’t candy or sugary foods; that will contradict all your hard work!
Make it Fun
Similar to a reward, tooth brushing can be fun! Put on a favorite song for a couple minutes while your child brushes. Have a little dance party while they brush. You may even want to make a chart. Kids love sticker charts where they can keep track of their own progress. Here’s an example: Put a sticker in a box every time they brush. When the chart is filled up get them a small toy or book to show them how proud you are of their brushing. Remember each child is different and will require different ways to make it fun for them.
Give a Choice
To encourage your child to brush you can give him a choice of which product to use. Bring your child to the store and allow them to pick out a toothbrush and toothpaste that is fun for him.
Check for Sensitivity
Your child refusing to brush may be a sign of sensitive teeth. Some kids are more sensitive to touch than others. Children with autism or attention disorders may have sensitivities that affect their oral care. If you think your child’s resistance to brushing is linked to a sensitive mouth, contact your pediatric dentist in North Royalton today. There are a few options to cope with it that we can help you with.
Whatever the reason your child may not want to brush their teeth take comfort in knowing that it will get better. Keep trying. Keep encouraging them. Be patient with yourself and your child. Make sure you have a good routine in place and try to brush your teeth in front of them. This will help them see the importance of having good teeth brushing habits and that it is important to you. You are doing a great job!
Regular dental visits are a very important part of anyone’s dental care routine. Contact us today for an appointment or for any questions you may have. North Royalton Pediatric Dentistry has a friendly staff waiting to meet you. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
We believe that each child is special and has different needs to thrive at home, in the classroom or at the dentist. Taking care of your children’s dental health is the primary focus of North Royalton Pediatric Dentistry.
Here at North Royalton Pediatric Dentistry we offer dentistry for kids with special needs. We know that each circumstance may be different and we are eager to help you and your child find the best possible solution. We are here to help with your individual plan and will answer whatever questions you may have.
Our Unique Qualifications
We strive to provide the best care possible for children with special needs and their family. We specialize in pediatric dentistry and have undergone very specific training to help your child’s individual needs.
We understand that there are many disabilities. From physical, intellectual or both. Sometimes this can impede a child’s ability to take care of their own oral health. We understand that can be hard and we are here for you. We have a controlled environment and will create the right environment for your child.
Comfort is important to everyone including children with special needs. We work hard to make our patients comfortable while any procedures are performed. Depending on the level of anxiety or stress your child may be experiencing, together we can choose to use sedation to make sure the dental needs of your child are met. There are many options available and we can make a plan together.
We Love Providing Dental Care to Your Children!
We have a tremendous love for all children. We make a special effort to keep them happy, calm and healthy in our dental chair. We have the staff and resources that can meet the specific necessities of children with special needs. You take care of your child in every aspect of their life and your love for them is unconditional. Let us take the stress work out of your child’s dental needs. We know that you have many choices of dentistry for children with special needs. But you will not be able to find another place who can match the love we will have for them. Call North Royalton Pediatric Dentistry today.
Welcome to our new blog! We started this blog so you can keep up to date with office news, tips and tricks on keeping your child’s teeth healthy, and more information about our services.
At North Royalton Pediatric Dentistry, we care deeply about your children. When they come to our office, we want them to feel comfortable and at-ease with our hygienists. All our staff are trained to work with children, especially children who may be afraid of the dentist. We will work with you and your child to establish trust and comfort. Together, we can establish healthy dental habits that your child will take into adulthood.
Besides providing general dentistry for your children, we also offer dentistry for kids with special needs. Dr. Amberlee Taylor and her staff have years of experience working with children that have special needs.
Contact Us Today!
If your child has their first tooth and hasn’t been to the dentist yet, Schedule an appointment with us today! We believe that baby teeth are just as important for your child’s overall health as their adult teeth, so it is crucial that we make sure your child has healthy brushing and flossing habits. Contact us today; we are excited to meet you!